Disneyland has unveiled a new Black Panther mural honoring the film’s late star Chadwick Boseman.
Late last month we were all shocked and shaken to learn that Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman had died after a four-year battle with cancer. The news came as a shock to everyone as the actor had opted to keep his illness private. Since then the actor has been honored by official Marvel Studios artists and on the covers of comics. But now Disneyland is honoring the late star.
Despite only appearing in four Marvel Cinematic Universe films, the impact that Chadwick Boseman made as Black Panther was huge. The film was, by far, one of the best-reviewed MCU films of all time and became the first superhero film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. Now Disney is immortalizing the character and actor in a new mural at the happiest place on earth:
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This one is special. My King Chad tribute is now on a wall on display at Downtown Disney. ? It is a full circle moment for me: my final two projects as a Disney Imagineer last summer were working on the Children’s Hospital project and the Avengers Campus. To millions of kids, T'Challa was a legend larger than life, and there was no one more worthy to fill those shoes than Chadwick Boseman. I'm so thankful to be able to honor Chadwick's life and purpose in this way. I am grateful to the Disney family for being so supportive of my journey as an artist. @waltdisneyimagineering @disney @marvelstudios @disneyland ?✨ #LongLiveTheKing #KingChad #WakandaForever #Phambili #DowntownDisney #BlackPanther #ChadwickBoseman #RIPChadwick #WDI
Chadwick Boseman began his acting career in television, landing his first role in 2003. Boseman’s big break came much later with his portrayal of baseball legend Jackie Robinson in the Brian Helgeland-directed biopic 42. He then gained further recognition for his work as James Brown in Tate Taylor’s Get on Up.
Following his roles in Jackie Robinson and James Brown, Chadwick Boseman was cast as T’Challa in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He made his debut as the iconic Marvel hero in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War before reprising the role in the standalone film Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler. Boseman’s Black Panther was then seen in Avengers: Infinity War and its follow-up Endgame.
Chadwick Boseman was last seen in Spike Lee’s Netflix film Da 5 Bloods. Prior to that, Boseman starred in the Brian Kirk-directed action thriller 21 Bridges, which was produced by Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame helmers Joe and Anthony Russo. His final film, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, is expected to hit Netflix later this year.