Chadwick Boseman has done his share of portraying iconic African Americans onscreen.
In 2013’s 42, Boseman starred as Jackie Robinson, the player who broke baseball’s color barrier, followed by roles as pioneering musician James Brown in 2014’s Get On Up and the first black Supreme Court justice, Thurgood Marshall, in 2017’s Marshall.
But Boseman acknowledges that he’s awed by the history he’s about to make in Black Panther (in theaters Thursday night), exploding into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the most high-profile black movie superhero to date.
“I hesitate to say this is bigger — those are real historical figures and moments,” says Boseman, 41, searching for the right words the morning after the movie’s world premiere. “But what this is, it’s a cultural moment that is happening right now. We’re not remembering breaking the color barrier or how funk was created. We’re living this.”
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