ABC to Air Tribute to Chadwick Boseman with 'Black Panther,' Special on His Life


The Walt Disney Co. is honoring actor Chadwick Boseman with a primetime tribute Sunday, offering a commercial-free airing of the Marvel Studios film "Black Panther." 

Boseman died last Friday, at the age of 43, after a four-year battle with colon cancer. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will air on ABC Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. Following the movie, ABC News will air a special about Boseman called Chadwick Boseman – A Tribute for a King -- celebrating Boseman's life, career, and the mark he made on and off-screen, featuring celebrities and a few of his co-stars. 

Tonight, ABC will celebrate the legacy of Chadwick Boseman with a special presentation of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther followed by the ABC News Special: Chadwick Boseman - A Tribute for a King. It all starts tonight at 8/7c on ABC.

— Disney (@Disney) August 30, 2020

Boseman, a Howard University graduate, is best known for roles such as James Brown, Jackie Robinson, and the starring role in "Black Panther."

“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” his family said in the statement. “From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more- all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther."

— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020

"Black Panther" was the first superhero film to receive a best picture Oscar nomination. It received seven nominations for the 2019 Oscars, winning for best costume design, best original score, and best production design. It was the first Marvel Cinematic Universe film to win an Oscar.

Boseman also portrayed Black Panther in three other Marvel Cinematic Universe films -- "Captain America: Civil War," "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Avengers: Endgame."

The Walt Disney Co. is the parent company of ABC and Marvel Studios.