Chadwick Boseman (King T'Challa in the MCU) chose one of the most awesome ways in which to pay tribute to the late Stan Lee...an epic bongo drum solo! Boseman, 40, posted a video of himself on Twitter playing the instrument, whose tribal-like sound recalls the African nation of Wakanda and the sweeping score composed by Ludwig Göransson for Ryan Coogler's Black Panther.
"I know how much you loved Joan," wrote Boseman, referring to Lee's wife Joan Boocock, who passed away last summer. "The only way we should send you home is to celebrate. @TheRealStanLee #whatalife #missyouonthedocks #missyoubackstage #wakandaforever."
Boseman closes out the video with a message to Lee:
"Stan, that's for you. That's how I'm sending you to the other side. That's how they will receive you on the other [side]. Love you man."
Watch Boseman in action below and try not to shed a tear:
The character of Black Panther was created in the mid-1960s by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and introduced in the pages of Fantastic Four #52 in 1966, right smack dab in the middle of the American Civil Rights movement.
The Black Panther is the ancient protector of Wakanda, a fictional African nation and the most technologically-advanced country in the Marvel Universe. Whichever member of the nation's royal family takes on the mantle, they wear a clawed, cat-like suit (hence the "Panther" name) made of vibranium, a precious and powerful, albeit fictional, metal mainly found in Wakanda.
As one of the first mainstream black superheroes in the history of comics—not to mention one of the most progressive—Black Panther also became the first African comic book hero to receive their own standalone film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at Disney. The movie, directed and co-written by Coogler, received glowing reviews and made over $1 billion at the global box office.
Boseman's T'Challa turned to ash at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, but most us are sure he won't stay dead for long. How do we know? Because Ryan Coogler's been confirmed as writer/director for the sequel. Sure, it could take place before Thanos's quest to wipe out half of all life in the universe, so we'll have to wait until Avengers 4 arrives in theaters May 3, 2019.