The year is 2014, Marvel is all set to introduce the world to its phase 3 line-up, and ‘Iron Man’ Robert Downey Jr introduces ‘Black Panther‘ Chadwick Boseman. That was a moment to cherish for all the fans who stood up for having diversity in cinema. That day was a big win for every such moviegoer around the world.
We lost Chadwick Boseman but the legacy, for which he set the base himself, will surely go on to live forever. Downey has opened up about some beautiful memories he shared with Boseman. He also revealed what was his last conversation with Boseman was all about.
In an interview with Good Morning America, Robert Downey Jr said, “Toward the end of the third Avengers [film], – Infinity War – we all kind of lose together. And I remember it was one of those few days when all of the Avengers were together, and it was just the way he walked on set, and the immense success that had occurred, and rightfully so, with Black Panther. And he was just in this kind of stratus of his own, but always, always humble, always hard working, always a smile on his face. And now, looking back, all the more, I realize just what an incredibly graceful human being he was.”
On his last conversation with Chadwick Boseman, Robert said, “It was about six or eight weeks ago, I reached out to him amidst the George Floyd protests, and he had such a thoughtful and informative refrain for me, as I was on a bit of a listening tour… And Black Panther is, hands down, it is the crowning achievement of the Marvel Universe, and I say that with all due respect to all the films that have been made, including my own. But it was the one where people got to vote with their ticket sales and say ‘We require this overdue diversity, this is a meritocracy, or at least it should be, and this is a fantastic movie that has levelled the playing field’, and appropriately so. His legacy is so meaningful.”
Unfortunately, both Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man and Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther didn’t share any scenes. But Downey was a part of three of four Boseman films and hence the close bond.