While the narrative of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe is one thatâ€™s relatively straightforward, itâ€™s also a film franchise thatâ€™s filled to the brim with flashbacks and dream sequences. Even Captain America: The First Avenger almost serves as one gigantic flashback â€” one that serves as the bed and foundation on which much of the MCU. Of course, that wasnâ€™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 shortâ€¦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 â€” of all places â€” The East Bay Times â€” it now sounds like next yearâ€™s Black Panther will have a key 1990s flashback that will definitely give some East Bay Area flavor to the film. Hereâ€™s what the piece said:
â€œIn one scene, the filmâ€™s protagonist has a flashback to 1990, while he was a student at Saint Maryâ€™s College High School in Berkeley. And of course, heâ€™s a daily AC Transit commuter. Cue the 1990s-era bus for the appropriate establishing shot. (Weâ€™ll assume the bus is arriving on time. It is Hollywood, after all.)â€
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 donâ€™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 Tâ€™Challa (a.k.a Black Panther), as it shows that he hasnâ€™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.