Chadwick Boseman used to pray that he would play Black Panther in a movie. In 2016, his dream came true when he double kicked The Winter Solider into an air conditioning unit in Captain America: Civil War. That dream multiplied into infinty when Black Panther became one of the biggest films of all time, making nearly $700 million in the United States and nearly $1.5 billion worldwide, kicking many other burgeoning careers into overdrive.  

It was mostly the supporting characters who stole the show. You could probably remember more of Shuri's moments from the movie than you could T'Challa's, but it was his commitment and stoic attentiveness that grounds the whole movie. Some of these traits extend into his actual life as well, and here's a handful of moments where Chadwick Boseman further proved his head isn't too heavy for the crown. 

1. Delivering Howard commencement speech

Chadwick is a Howard University alumn, so I'm sure it was an honor to be asked to give the commencement speech to the Class of 2018. Just as long as they don't make him give the damn "Wakanda forever" salute again... 

2. Surprising people on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon 

Boseman playing Black icons like Jackie Robinson and James Brown is its own form of inspiring, but being able to surprise audience members as the King of Wakanda must be a different kind of thrill. Jimmy Fallon helped Boseman surprise and greet fans of Black Panther during a taping of The Tonight Show. Not all heroes wear capes and necklaces. 

3. Critiquing Gods of Egypt from the inside 


Gods of Egypt weathered quite a bit of controversey when it came out in 2016 for whitewashing ancient Egyptian gods. Chadwick Boseman, who played the god Thoth, was the film's only cast member to actively speak out on it. "That's why I wanted to do it, so you would see someone of Africna descent playing Thoth, the father of mathematics, astronomy, the god of wisdom," he said during an interview with GQ. "And in the movie, I actually outnumber the gods in the movie, literally and figuratively. It's hard for people to know that without seeing it. But yea, people don't make $140 million movies starring black and brown people. [Shakes head]." He, Ryan Coogler, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan, Letitia Wright, and Danai Gurira changed all that two years later.  

4. T'Challa's accent in Black Panther


Black Panther's education came from schools all around the world in the comics. Many were afraid that this would mean that Boseman's T'Challa would be sporting a European accent in the movie, but he and his vocal coach made the conscious decision to create something new for Wakanda. 

"People think about how race has affected the world," he told CNET. "It's not just in the States. Colonialism is the cousin of slavery. Colonialism in Africa would have it that, in order to be a ruler, his education comes from Europe. I wanted to be completely sure that we didn't convey that idea because that would be counter to everything that Wakanda is about. It's supposed to be the most technologically advanced nation on the planet. If it's supposed to not have been conquered -- which means that advancement has happened without colonialism tainting it, poisoning the well of it, without stopping it or disrupting it -- then there's no way he would speak with a European accent.

If I did that, I would be conveying a white supremacist idea of what being educated is and what being royal or presidential is. Because it's not just about him running around fighting. He's the ruler of a nation. And if he's the ruler of a nation, he has to speak to his people. He has to galvanize his people. And there's no way I could speak to my people, who have never been conquered by Europeans, with a European voice."

He was always fit to wear the crown. 

5. He's extremely reserved about his personal life

Some celebrities relish the spotlight, putting their entire personal lives on display. Some prefer to keep private and not let personal details slip. Boseman tends to stay in the latter camp. "It's no one's business, really," he told "When you talk about that, you become a whole different kind of celebrity. Your personal life bleeds into your professional life. I'm an actor, and you know me from who I play." In an age where every celebrity is expected to have a popping social media presence, it's nice to see some stars not try as hard.