Top 5: Chadwick Boseman Movies to Watch Besides Black Panther

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Black Panther is the most well-known Chadwick Boseman movie. But what are some of his other, lesser known projects and prequels to 2018’s Black Panther?

I’ve enjoyed nearly all the Chadwick Boseman movies I’ve seen. Even when the movies haven’t been that great, I’ve always liked his performances. He’s definitely an actor to watch and this is just the beginning as he rises to super-stardom.

So what are the top fives Chadwick Boseman movies other than Black Panther? Let’s take a look!

5) Chadwick Boseman came to public attention in the biopic film, 42 (2013).

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Chadwick Boseman as Baseball Player Jackie Brown. Source: NOW Magazine

No top five Chadwick Boseman movie list would be complete without 42. Before 42, Chadwick appeared in a bunch of TV guest roles and film supporting roles, but this was the film that put him on the map of actors to watch.

This biographical sports film begins in 1945 and was written and directed by Brian Helgeland. It depicts the racial integration of baseball player Jackie Robinson who wore number 42 on his jersey.

Boseman plays the legendary baseball player through the beginning and height of his career. The film also stars Harrison Ford as baseball executive Branch Rickey. 

If you love historical biopics with racial themes, rising underdogs and sporting success stories then this is for you.

4) Chadwick Boseman starred in a musical biopic called Get On Up (2014).

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Chadwick Boseman sings like James Brown. Source: wherehollywoodhides.com

Yep, you heard correctly, Chadwick Boseman is one funky man. Not only can he kick ass in a Black panther suit but he’s also a kick ass singer too.

Chadwick portrays legendary funk singer James Brown in this musical biopic directed by Tate Taylor. Now I’ll admit, this movie doesn’t quite match up to the epic-ness of James Brown’s career. Get On Up has gotten some mixed reviews including 6.9 on IMDB, 80% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 2/5 on The Guardian.

However the tunes are cool and Chadwick Boseman is no disappointment. He oozes the level of swag that you would expect from James Brown in the ’60s and ’70s.

If music is more your thing than sport than check out this film. It’s got great tunes and a good time guaranteed.

3) If you like Black Panther but want something more hardcore, you’ll love Message from the King (2016).

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Chadwick Boseman wants revenge. Source: Message from the King

As much as I like the Chadwick Boseman movies mentioned above, I’ll always see him as an action/thriller guy. I think he does the whole brooding, revenge thing really well.

This American action/revenge-thriller is directed by Fabrice Du Welz and is written by Stephen Cornwell and Oliver Butcher.Other than Chadwick Boseman, other stars include Luke Evans and Teresa Palmer.

The film follows a South African man, Jacob King (Chadwick Boseman), who travels to Los Angeles to avenge his younger sister’s death.

It’s overall a pretty compelling film, although not for the faint of heart. Message from the King is an R-rated film and it is pretty violent, so you’ve been warned.

While it’s not a ground breaking film, it does entertain and keep you on the edge. Lots of action and twists. So if you’re into heavy action thrillers then give this a watch.

2) Chadwick Boseman made his MCU debut as Back Panther in Captain America: Civil War.

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Black Panther. Source: SuperHeroHype

Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa really stood out as one of the most complex and interesting characters in Civil War. His martial arts skills were on point as well, as he casually gave beatdowns to Captain America and Winter Soldier (which is no easy feat).

The death of his father also sent him into a pursuit for revenge only to grow past his blood lust towards the end of the film. He reminded me of a much more epic version of Batman. 

I also preferred the Black Panther suit in Captain America: Civil War to Black Panther. It seemed more rustic to me and less like a power ranger suit. Don’t get me wrong though, the 2018 Black Panther suit was still cool, but the Civil War suit was more noir.

In fact, I preferred the whole Black Panther character in Captain America: Civil War. He was darker, more brooding and basically an anti-hero. Similar to how he is portrayed in the comics. I felt Black Panther went more in the direction of the good ol’ likeable, good-hearted super hero that will save the day. Maybe even a tad soft?

This is possibly because Marvel Studios wanted him to appeal to the masses a bit more and fashion him into everybody’s favourite superhero. Don’t hate me for saying this. I just think Black Panther in Civil War was more badass overall. I’d like to see that side of him more in future portrayals of the character, particularly for Avengers: Infinity War

Which brings us to…

1) Chadwick Boseman is set to return in Avengers: Infinity War after the events of Black Panther.

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Black Panther unites Wakanda for war. Source: Marvel.com

Yes I know this film hans’t been released yet. But Avengers: Infinity War is the film everybody’s talking about.

Click here to find out everything you need to know about Avengers: Infinity War.So much is at stake that it would be a crime not to mention it in a Chadwick Boseman movies list.

The events of Black Panther, specifically the chaos of Wakanda, puts the latest Avengers movie in an interesting position. T’Challa will have to lead the fractured Wakanda into war with Thanos and the Black Order. This is no easy task especially after how disjointed Wakanda has become after T’Challa’s battle with Killmonger.

As much as I loved seeing Chadwick Boseman star in his own film as Black Panther, I’m excited to see him join the ensemble of Avengers once again. It’s going to be really interesting to see the direction that T’Challa will take in this movie. More specifically, how he will lead Wakanda to unity after killing Eric Killmonger. 

Click here to find out more about the Black Panther Sequel.

So there you have it. My top 5 list of Chadwick Boseman movies you need to check out.

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For more like this, check out our top 5 Tom Holland movies (besides Spider-Man: Homecoming).

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