While the narrative of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe is one that’s relatively straightforward, it’s also a film franchise that’s filled to the brim with flashbacks and dream sequences. Even Captain America: The First Avenger almost serves as one gigantic flashback — one that serves as the bed and foundation on which much of the MCU. Of course, that wasn’t the last time they hopped back in time. Ant-Man started out in 1989, and Captain America: Civil War had constant flashbacks to The Winter Soldier in the 1990s.
In short…flashbacks are a thing, and it only makes sense that some films would go on to utilize them as the universe expanded and thrived. Thanks to a new report from — of all places — The East Bay Times — it now sounds like next year’s Black Panther will have a key 1990s flashback that will definitely give some East Bay Area flavor to the film. Here’s what the piece said:
“In one scene, the film’s protagonist has a flashback to 1990, while he was a student at Saint Mary’s College High School in Berkeley. And of course, he’s a daily AC Transit commuter. Cue the 1990s-era bus for the appropriate establishing shot. (We’ll assume the bus is arriving on time. It is Hollywood, after all.)”
Ryan Coogler, director of the flick, is an Oakland native, and as such, his desire to bring a little bit of the Bay Area into the film is understandable. The film also got the approval to use a 1990s-era AC Transit bus (which was utilized in the Bay Area at the time), though the film will still be shot in Atlanta, Georgia, so don’t expect to see your favorite liquor store on the big screen.
Specific logistics aside, this move is actually quite the interesting one in terms of backstory for T’Challa (a.k.a Black Panther), as it shows that he hasn’t spent his entire life within the borders of Wakanda, a nation known for its isolationism.
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Black Panther hits theaters on February 16, 2018.