2020 was a tough year for everyone, including Disney fans. With theme parks closing down all over the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the magic was truly missed, especially at Disneyland Resort, which has remained closed for more than one year, but will finally reopen on April 30.
On top of that, the Marvel community experienced a tough and very tragic loss. Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther/T’Challa) passed in late August from a long battle with colon cancer at the young age of 43.
The loss was sudden for many fans, as Boseman continued to film Avengers: Endgame and do press throughout his battle with cancer, never letting his fans know that he was sick. He truly was a superhero.
To commemorate the loss, Disneyland put up a giant mural to celebrate Boseman –and “Wakanda Forever” — in the Downtown Disney District. The touching tribute to the late Marvel actor was painted by artist Nikkolas Smith. When it came time for the mural to be swapped for Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon, Disney noted that there would be a permanent home for the mural, and now, that home has been revealed.
According to Disney Parks Blog:
Yesterday, “King Chad,” the heartwarming and beautiful piece of art that was previously displayed in Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort, found its permanent home at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) thanks to its generous donation by concept artist and former Disney Imagineer, Nikkolas Smith. Honoring the life and legacy of Black Panther hero, Chadwick Boseman, this tribute will now bring joy and inspiration to the patients at CHLA.
Artist and former Imagineer, Nikkolas Smith, was honored to see the mural find such a perfect home:
“It’s just a huge honor for me personally to be able to donate this piece of art to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where I know it will inspire patients going through treatments and serve as a reminder of not only Chadwick’s heart, but also his relatable struggle with cancer,” said Smith. “To see my art getting to live on at such a special place where it can bring hope to others – it is truly one of the greatest gifts I could receive.”
Chadwick Boseman would visit sick children in hospitals, even while he himself was battling cancer, to give them hope and excitement during a tough time in their lives. It seems that since Boseman was so dedicated to ensuring sick kids were able to smile, placing the mural in a children’s hospital is perfect, as it will continue the legacy that he began, even now that he has passed.
We can even see how Boseman’s visits positively impacted hospitals and patients, as St. Jude Children’s Hospital (@StJude) Tweeted a huge thank you to Boseman in 2018 where he spent time with children also in treatment for cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
It’s not every day that St. Jude gets a visit from an Avenger! Thank you
@ChadwickBosemanfor stopping by to bring joy to our patients and learn more about our lifesaving mission!
It’s not every day that St. Jude gets a visit from an Avenger! Thank you @ChadwickBoseman for stopping by to bring joy to our patients and learn more about our lifesaving mission! ❤ ? pic.twitter.com/7RwPO7qgPD
— St. Jude (@StJude) September 12, 2018
The official unveiling of the mural was quite moving. Take a look below at the video posted by the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles YouTube channel:
We are so happy to hear that the mural will continue to inspire hope for many kids as the years go on. Wakanda Forever!
What do you think of the new placement of the Chadwick Boseman mural?