Nicole Cord-Cruz
February 16, 2018 8:52 am

It’s official. Chadwick Boseman has been catapulted into peak stardom. Boseman’s all suited up in Black Panther, Marvel’s latest superhero film, in which the 41-year-old actor plays T’Challa, King of Wakanda. In the movie, T’Challa is faced with an invader — Erik Killmonger, a man who’s trained all his life (and killed hundreds of people) to get his hands on T’Challa, and then the throne. Everyone’s acting is phenomenal in this movie, and Boseman’s certainly stands out. He’s fierce, loyal, sweet, and smart. It’s seriously not your fault if you fall head-over-heels in love with  him.

But before he was the king of Wakanda, he was first known as Jackie Robinson. And James Brown. And Thurgood Marshall. Boseman has quite the acting resume, boasting a string of films that feature his extraordinary acting chops.

We’re pretty certain that you won’t be able to get enough of the new Marvel royalty once you’ve seen Black Panther, so we did all of you a favor and rounded up five movies to watch to get your Chadwick Boseman fix.

1. 42 (2013)

It’s crazy to think that only five years ago, Boseman was set on pursuing a career as a full-time director and playwright. But that all changed when he landed his first-ever starring role with the biopic 42, in which he portrayed the first African American MLB player, Jackie Robinson. The film chronicled how Robinson broke racial barriers in baseball when he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the late ’40s. It was also an acting tour de force showcase by Boseman, a feat that he would consistently deliver in all of his subsequent projects.

Where to watch: It’s available for streaming on Netflix.

2. Draft Day (2014)

After his stint as an on-screen baseball icon, Boseman dove into the world of football for Draft Day. He starred opposite Kevin Costner in a film that put a spotlight on the political drama surrounding the NFL Draft. Although it was essentially a cameo role for Boseman (most of his scenes were over the phone), his character, the fictional linebacker Vontae Mack, was central to the story.

Where to watch: It’s available for rent or purchase on Amazon, YouTube, and iTunes.

3. Get On Up (2014)

Since he’s one of the most hardworking actors in Hollywood, it was only fitting that Chadwick Boseman also portrayed “the hardest working man in show business,” James Brown. In Get On Up, he brought such ferocious energy to his portrayal of the music legend, which further proved that he’s an acting force to be reckoned with.

Where to watch: It’s available for rent or purchase on Amazon, YouTube, and iTunes.

4. Message From The King (2016)

Boseman may be the king of Wakanda in Black Panther, but in this flick, he plays an actual King — a man named Jacob King. In Message from the King, he plays a vigilante navigating the criminal underworld of Los Angeles to avenge his sister’s death.

Where to watch: It’s available for streaming on Netflix.

5. Marshall (2017)

In yet another biopic, Boseman starred as courtroom superhero and NAACP lawyer Thurgood Marshall. The film followed the early stages of Marshall’s career, long before he held a seat on the Supreme Court. And as always, Boseman brought justice to the role, further elevating the story of an important historical figure, and proving that he, indeed, is a star.

Where to watch: It’s available for rent or purchase on Amazon, YouTube, and iTunes.

Black Panther is out now in theaters.

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