Black Panther Actor Michael B. Jordan Pens Tribute to Chadwick Boseman

While much of the world is still reeling from the death of Chadwick Boseman, his Black Panther co-star Michael B. Jordan, who played T'Challa's rival and long-lost cousin Erik Killmonger in the 2018 MCU film, share a far longer history together. Jordan penned his tribute on Instagram. In Boseman's 2018 commencement speech (per Variety) at Howard University, the actor revealed how he turned down a role on the soap All My Children early in his career due to a stereotypical depiction of the character, which coincidentally, Jordan end up in the role at the age of 16 giving him his start. "You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you've known it or not…I've been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness," Jordan wrote. Directed by Ryan Coogler, co-written by Joe Robert Cole, and based on the Stan Lee and Jack Kirby comic, Black Panther became a resounding box office success generating $1.3 billion globally. Here is Jordan's full statement below.

Black Panther Actor Michael B. Jordan Pens Tribute to Chadwick Boseman
Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger and Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa in Black Panther (2018). Image courtesy of Marvel Studios

Jordan's Statement on his Black Panther Co-Star Chadwick Boseman

I've been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I've been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked, and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with "All My Children" when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you've known it or not…I've been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you've given the world … the legends and heroes that you've shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I'm more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I'm gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I'll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I'm dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. "Is this your king!?" Yes. He. Is! Rest In Power Brother.

About Tom Chang

I'm a follower of pop culture from gaming, comics, sci-fi, fantasy, film, and TV for over 30 years. I grew up reading magazines like Starlog, Mad, and Fangora. As a professional writer for over 10 years, Star Wars was the first sci-fi franchise I fell in love with. I'm a nerd-of-all-trades.

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