“I did not know that I could miss both his laughter and his silence in equal measure. I do. I do…” Nyong’o wrote on Instagram Saturday, alongside a candid photo of the two stars laughing together. “One year after his passing, the memory of @chadwickboseman remains this alive in me.”
Boseman died of colon cancer on Aug. 28, 2020, at the age of 43, having kept his condition largely private for four years. His passing prompted a massive outpouring of grief from his fans, friends, collaborators, and fellow celebrities, almost all of whom had been unaware of his diagnosis.
“I am struggling to think and speak about my friend, Chadwick Boseman, in the past tense. It doesn’t make sense,” Nyong’o wrote shortly after his death. “The news of his passing is a punch to my gut every morning. I am aware that we are all mortal, but you come across some people in life that possess an immortal energy, that seem like they have existed before, that are exactly where they are supposed to always be — here! … that seem ageless… Chadwick was one of those people.”
Nyong’o wasn’t the only one remembering Boseman on the anniversary of his passing. Viola Davis, the late actor’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, shared a tribute as well, writing.
“This day last year you left this earth and us. Man you are missed!!!” She was among several other celebrities paying their respects, including Jane Lynch, Kerry Washington, and Boseman’s MCU costar Mark Ruffalo.
Killmonger actor Michael B. Jordan expressed his love and appreciation for Boseman as he shared an image of the two dressed up and smiling together
Marvel Studios’ official Twitter account also shared a tribute, writing, “Honoring our friend, our inspiration and our King, Chadwick Boseman.”
The death of Chadwick Boseman boggles the mind. Seemingly out of nowhere, he appeared in a flash, bursting on the scene with light and power and youth and strength and love and LIFE. And then he was gone. Jane Lynch
Can’t believe how fast time has gone. Thinking of you today, @chadwickboseman. Mark Ruffalo.
One year without Chadwick Boseman. Thank you for watching over us. We miss you King. Kerry Washington
Not a day goes by one year later, where it doesn’t still hurt. But in the darkness, he always reminds us of the light. He was an angel on this planet and is now a Saint on high. Love you and miss you more than ever… forever. #ChadwickBoseman
Marvel Studios is enjoying its time in the spotlight right now thanks to multiple new releases like What If…? and thrilling new trailers for movies like Eternals and Spider-Man: No Way Home . However, a day of remembrance has come as it has been one full year since the passing of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman .
The leading man embodied the spirit of T’Challa as he played the role in four MCU movies from 2016 to 2019, all while fighting an intense battle with colon cancer . Boseman, unfortunately, lost that battle and passed away on August 28, 2020, which not only added to an already devastating year in general but also came as a huge blow to everybody involved with the MCU .
Fans and crew alike have spent most of the last year paying tribute to Boseman in any way possible . Disney+ included a special version of the Marvel Studios intro fully featuring Boseman on November 29, the actor’s birthday, while Episode 2 of What If…? was dedicated to the actor’s memory after the plot featured him as a new version of Star-Lord.
Chadwick Boseman made his impact on the MCU with his unique personality, many times being recognized as a silent but powerful figure on the set of all four of his movies. His presence was particularly felt during his own solo movie, Black Panther , where he brought out the best of the Wakandan King and seemed to bring out the best in all of his co-stars too as they made the film. RIP Chadwick Boseman.