Black Panther's Chadwick Boseman Receives Touching Tribute on Oprah-Produced Queen Sugar

By Richard Nebens Updated:
Black Panther, Oprah Winfrey

Marvel Studios is about to dive into the deep end in terms of producing and releasing content throughout the rest of 2021 and beyond.

While in-universe project releases will take a small hiatus between the end of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and the beginning of Loki , MCU fans can look forward to a jam-packed six months with releases for four movies and three Disney+ shows. This is on top of more than a handful of other movies and shows that are still deep into shooting and prepping for debuts in 2022 and later.

One of these is the highly-anticipated Black Panther 2 , which will also serve as a sendoff and memorial for starring actor Chadwick Boseman. After the late T'Challa actor passed away in August 2020, Marvel Studios and all of its crew have spent most of the past eight months paying tribute to Boseman in any way possible .

This is continuing to be the case on screen, although his latest tribute comes outside of Marvel and Disney...


In the latest episode of the OWN-produced Queen Sugar , program creator Ava Duvernay included a scene with a Marvel Legends figurine of Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther.

Korfi Siriboe and Ethan Hutchinson's characters touched on Boseman's legacy, with Siriboe confirming that "He ain’t gone, Blue. That’s a mighty man. His spirit is gonna live forever." Both end the scene with the "Wakanda Forever" signal seen originally in Marvel Studios' Black Panther .

Queen Sugar
Queen Sugar

Duvernay shared this scene on Twitter, referring to the friendship between Disney head Bob Iger and Oprah Winfrey along with the relationship between Duvernay and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler as the reasons for the tribute coming together.

DuVernay mentioned that the scene "took the strength of two friendships." The full tweet can be seen below:


Boseman's passing has been a difficult subject to breach since it happened last August. Tributes to his memory have been pouring in the entire time not only from those at Marvel Studios, but across the landscape of the entertainment industry as well.

Oprah Winfrey has spoken many times on Boseman's impact through the industry, and it's likely that this episode has been in the works for some time before its network debut. Even in another fictional TV universe, Duvernay and Winfrey wanted to make sure Boseman's memory lived on, especially in the role that shot him into superstardom worldwide.

Boseman's legacy will live on in Marvel Studios' Black Panther 2 , which will release in theaters on July 8, 2022. Boseman's final performance in the MCU will be in Marvel Studios' What If...? , premiering on Disney+ this summer.

- In This Article: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Release Date
November 11, 2022
- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.