LOS ANGELES — In the aftermath of the release of the emotional first trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Marvel has made the touching gesture of engraving the film’s upcoming release date on the late actor’s headstone.
“Chadwick’s passing was a devastating loss for his family, his friends, and our fiscal projections for next quarter,” remarked Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, wiping a tear from his eye. “This tribute is just a small step towards healing those wounds. Well, one of them anyway.”
Feige emphasized that honoring Boseman’s legacy in a tasteful and buzz-generating way was Marvel’s top priority.
“He was just such an incredible actor and provided unforgettable performances in some exceptional films: Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Captain America: Civil War…yeah, I think that was all of them,” a somber Feige recalled. “As long as we have monetization streams built upon his work, Chadwick will never truly be gone. He’ll live on in your Disney+ suggestions for decades to come.”
Fans of the deceased actor have been quick to remark on how seeing the newly updated tombstone has touched their hearts and wallets.
“At first I wasn’t sure if I wanted to see Wakanda Forever. Boseman was such a big part of what I loved about the first film, and honestly the marketing has felt a little exploitative at times,” one skeptical fan said. “But when I saw the part further down that said ‘if you don’t see this movie then you’re the one that killed him’ scrawled in hand-chiseled letters, I guess I just got this eerie otherworldly chill that the only way I could pay my respects was by buying a ticket. It’s what Chadwick would have wanted, I guess?”
At press time, Marvel has since announced the formation of T’Challa Forever Foundation, a charitable organization aimed at raising money to insert a lifelike digital reproduction of Boseman into future MCU projects.