The ‘Black Panther’ star was posthumously named “Hero for the Ages” during the special. He “truly embodied what it meant to be a superhero,” Downey said.
Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle paid tribute to fellow Marvel star Chadwick Boseman during the MTV Movie & TV Awards: Greatest of All Time, which aired Sunday night.
“The second you first saw him onscreen or had the opportunity to meet him in person, his energy and intensity was undeniable,” said Downey Jr.
“There was something different and special about Chadwick Boseman. Mr. Boseman truly embodied what it meant to be a superhero. His impact as a groundbreaking leading man, as an icon onscreen… it won’t be quantified by the box office records he broke but by the legion of fans who will celebrate him for many years to come.”
“He was the most heroic when just being Chad,” continued the Iron Man star. “That’s when he was bigger than anyone he played onscreen.”
Added Cheadle: “With every role he created a new legion of fans. He has an incredible power to unify people. The way he lived his life united people behind a higher purpose — and that will be his legacy.”
Boseman was celebrated for both the inspiring roles he brought to life, as well as his focus on giving back to others — which included visiting children coping with illnesses.
The special, which aired in lieu of the MTV Movie & TV Awards due to the pandemic, honored several other stars, including Kevin Bacon, Drew Barrymore, Kristen Bell, Selma Blair, Jamie Lee Curtis, Gal Gadot, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kevin Hart, Adam Sandler, Jason Segel and Cobra Kai star William Zabka.
An announcement at the end of the telecast revealed that the traditional awards show will return in May.