- A commissioned mural created by Nikkolas Smith was unveiled at Downtown Disneyland Thursday to honor late Chadwick Boseman.
The commissioned piece was created by author and concept artist Nikkolas Smith. The image portrays Boseman exchanging the iconic two-arm Wakanda salute with a child wearing a Black Panther mask.
“This one is special. My King Chad tribute is now on a wall on display at Downtown Disney,” Smith wrote on Instagram. “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.”
After a four-year battle with colon cancer, Boseman passed away on August 28 at the age of 43. The news of his death shocked fans, friends, co-stars and the industry worldwide. Boseman portrayed many powerful African American figures throughout his career and made an impact on young and old with his portrayal of T’Challa across the Marvel Cinematic Universe.