Bob Iger, executive chairman of the Walt Disney Company (which owns Marvel Entertainment), wrote on Twitter that Mr. Boseman “brought enormous strength, dignity and depth to his groundbreaking role of Black Panther; shattering myths and stereotypes.”
“For his friends and millions of fans, his absence from the screen is only eclipsed by his absence from our lives,” Mr. Iger wrote.
Marvel’s rival DC Comics, the home of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, praised Mr. Boseman in a tweet with a photo of the actor in his “Black Panther” role. “To a hero who transcends universes,” the company said. “Wakanda Forever.”
As the night wore on, tributes to Mr. Boseman’s talents and character came from dozens of actors, directors, musicians, politicians and other celebrities. The list included Beyoncé, Serena Williams, Halle Berry, Mariah Carey, Ava DuVernay, Chosen Jacobs, Samuel L. Jackson, Viola Davis, Brie Larson, Representative Ilhan Omar, Sharon Stone and many more.
In a statement, the Jackie Robinson Foundation called Mr. Boseman “a consummate professional,” touching on his preparation for the movie “42” and the time he spent with Mr. Robinson’s wife, Rachel Robinson.
“He absorbed every story, every memory and every photo and film excerpt he could consume to help translate the soul of an American hero,” the foundation wrote. “And now, Chadwick will be etched in history as a hero in his own right, especially having shown millions of Black and Brown children the power of a superhero who looks like them.”
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