‘Black Panther’ Star Lupita Nyong’o Celebrates ‘Ageless’ Chadwick Boseman: ‘His Power Lives On’

Following the death of Chadwick Boseman, many other Marvel Cinematic Universe actors have mourned him with public statements released on social media. More than a week after his death, his Black Panther castmate Lupita Nyong’o joined them. Discover what she said about her friend and co-star here.

Lupita Nyong’o and Chadwick Boseman starred in ‘Black Panther’

Boseman originated the role of T’Challa in the MCU. After his introduction in Captain America: Civil War, he starred in Black Panther, showing his character’s ascension to the throne in Wakanda following his father’s death. Nyong’o portrayed Nakia, T’Challa’s friend and former romantic partner.

Black Panther debuted in early 2018. The film, which also starred the likes of Angela Bassett and Daniel Kaluuya, brought in more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office and was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Boseman also appeared in subsequent Marvel films Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

Boseman’s many castmates in the MCU have mourned him

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On August 28, 2020, Boseman’s family released a statement via his social media accounts. “It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” began the caption. It delves into his secret battle with cancer and other notable roles, adding, “It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. “

Several of Boseman’s fellow MCU actors paid their respects soon after, including Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans. However, his Black Panther co-stars, such as Danai Gurira and Michael B. Jordan, who knew him a bit better, gave themselves days to sit with his death before posting on social media.

Nyong’o took her time in releasing a statement

Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong'o attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.
Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong’o attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. | Jeff Vespa/VF14/WireImage

“I write these words from a place of hopelessness, to honor a man who had great hope,” Nyong’o began in her social media post. She referred to Boseman’s “immortal energy, noting that he seemed “ageless,” and that he “made the most of his time.” “I didn’t know him for long, but he had a profound effect on me in the time that I did.”

Nyong’o’s lengthy statement continued, saying that on the set of Black Panther, she was “struck by his quiet, powerful presence,” adding that “there was a higher frequency that he seemed to operate from.” “Chadwick never seemed rushed! He commanded his time with ease.”

“He set the bar high by working with a generosity of spirit, creating an ego-free environment by sheer example,” she continued, adding that she “never heard him complain.” “When I was around Chadwick, I wanted to be better,” Nyong’o added, noting that he even “did his own stunts.”

“We are all changed by his work,” she continued. “His power lives on and will reverberate for generations to come.” Nyong’o finished, “Chadwick’s death is something that I can neither take in nor take in stride right now. Perhaps with time… I’m going to take my time… and in his honor, I promise not to waste my time. I hope you will do the same.”