Chadwick Boseman began his career in television around 2003. His breakthrough role on the big screen came 10 years later. He hasn’t been in a lot of films, but with every major role he’s had, Boseman has made a statement.
“42” (2013) – As Jackie Robinson, Boseman held his own with Harrison Ford’s Branch Rickey in this terrific baseball biopic.
“Draft Day” (2014) – Boseman gave a memorable supporting performance in a film about the inner workings of another sport: football, as player Vontae Mack. He joined Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Frank Langella, Ellen Burstyn and Sam Elliott.
“Get On Up” (2014) – Nearly every scene in this James Brown biopic was a powerhouse showcase for Boseman, as the Godfather of Soul. If it wasn’t such a crowded year for the Best Actor category, he easily could’ve been a nominee.
“Captain America: Civil War” (2016) – Our introduction to Black Panther, a cool new character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“Marshall” (2017) – I didn’t care much for this film, largely because of script errors and the fact that it really isn’t a Thurgood Marshall biopic, but Boseman did his best with the material.
And now here comes the “Black Panther” solo movie, poised to make boatloads of money around the globe. This will officially launch Boseman into a whole new level of super stardom. And we’ll see him reprise the role for May’s “Avengers: Infinity War” and next year’s follow-up.
After that, what will be Boseman’s next career move? He’s already played a trio of prominent real-life figures and a Marvel superhero. I’m sure fictional dramatic or romantic roles have to be on the radar. Until then, Chadwick Boseman should enjoy and soak-in the mighty roar that is Black Panther.