In a roundabout way, Denzel Washington may have helped Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman become an actor. Before Boseman was announced as the MCU’s T’Challa in the lead-up to Captain America: Civil War, the young actor was already a rising star thanks to his lead role in the James Brown biopic Get On Up. But it’s safe to say the runaway success of Black Panther has turned Boseman into a household name.

Last night’s Academy Awards once again largely snubbed superhero films, but the critical praise for Marvel’s latest entry has many wondering about Black Panther‘s Oscars chances in 2019. The movie has gained near-universal acclaim from critics and audiences keep heading back to theaters to see the film. In fact, it may soon be Marvel’s first solo debut to crack $1 billion worldwide. But long before Boseman was starring in one of the biggest films of all time, he was ...

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