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  • Disney added new opening credits to "Black Panther" in honor of late actor Chadwick Boseman
  • The tribute includes a montage of Boseman's scenes as T'Challa
  • Boseman died on Aug. 28 at the age of 43 due to colon cancer

Disney and Marvel Studios honored late actor Chadwick Boseman on what would have been his 44th birthday. The production giants updated the iconic Marvel logo introduction for the movie “Black Panther” to honor the actor’s legacy.

The video, which was shared on the official Twitter accounts of Disney and Marvel, is a montage of Boseman’s work as Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The 30-second clip keeps the iconic page-turning before giving a glimpse of the “21 Bridges” star as T’Challa.

The tribute also shows footage from his performances in movies like “Captain America: Civil War,” “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame.” Apart from his movie scenes, the tribute also features some behind-the-scenes photos of Boseman having fun on the set of the Marvel films.

The video ends with the “Get On Up” star giving his “Wakanda Forever” salute.

“Long live the King. #WakandaForever,” Marvel captioned the video posted Sunday.

Meanwhile, Disney chairman Bob Iger teased the tribute on his official Twitter account and said Boseman will always be “near and dear to our hearts.”

“To all fans of #BlackPanther: watch the film on #DisneyPlus late tonight, for a special tribute to someone that was and will always be near and dear to our hearts,” Iger wrote.

Boseman died on Aug. 28  at his home in Los Angeles after a four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43.

Born on Nov. 29, 1976, in Anderson, South Carolina, Boseman started his professional acting career in 2003 with the TV series “Third Watch.” After working in television for 10 years, his moment of glory came in 2013 when he portrayed the iconic baseball player Jackie Robinson in the movie “42.” The movie garnered universal acclaim and critics praised Boseman for his impeccable acting.

However, his popularity rose to a whole new level when he was cast as Black Panther in MCU. He made his debut as the superhero from Wakanda in the 2016 movie “Captain America: Civil War” and went on to become one of the most popular superheroes in the Marvel lineup.

In 2018, he played the titular role in “Black Panther,” which became the first superhero movie ever to be nominated in the best picture category at the Academy Awards.

Boseman’s last movie before his death, “Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,” also opened to positive reviews and has already given him a nod posthumously at the upcoming Gotham Awards.

His co-star, Viola Davis, wished the late actor a happy birthday on social media and said he is “still alive” to her.

“Happy Birthday in Heaven, Chadwick! You are still so alive to me!! I love you,” Davis wrote on Twitter Sunday.

Chadwick Boseman Black Panther premiere Chadwick Boseman is pictured at the world premiere of Marvel's "Black Panther" on Jan. 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California Photo: Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images