By Rosy Cordero
August 30, 2020 at 02:57 PM EDT
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ABC is set to air a commercial-free screening of Black Panther on Sunday, as a tribute to the film's star Chadwick Boseman who died on Friday from colon cancer.

The film, set to air at 8:00 p.m. ET, will be followed by the ABC News special “Chadwick Boseman – A Tribute for a King” beginning at 10:20 p.m. ET.

Credit: Marvel Studios 2018

According to a release from the network, the special will celebrate Boseman's life, legacy, career, and the cultural imprint he made both on and off-screen. He will also be honored by celebrities, political figures, and fans across the world, who were touched by his work and the man himself.

Black Panther follows the character of T'Challa (Boseman), son of Wakanda's King T'Chaka (John Kani), and his challenging ascension to the throne following his father's death. The Ryan Coogler-directed film costars Angela Bassett, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita N'yongo, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, and Martin Freeman.

After appearing in Black Panther, Boseman reprised his role twice more in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: End Game. He had also been expected to return for Black Panther 2. (Disney has previously announced it is at work on a sequel to Black Panther, which is in the early stages of development.)

The Marvel hit earned 7 Oscar nominations at the 91st Academy Awards and ultimately took home three including Best Original Score, Best Costume Design, and Best Production Design. It became the first MCU film to win the coveted honor.

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Black Panther

Directed by Ryan Coogler, the 2018 superhero film is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name and stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, the king who rules over the Afrofuturist paradise of Wakanda.
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