The plot of Captain America: Civil War hinged in large part on the Black Panther played by Chadwick Boseman, but there wasn’t a lot of time in the film to go into the character’s origin or what he was doing before that first scene at the signing of the Sokovia Accords in Germany. Obviously, it was always the plan to go deeper into that with Black Panther, the solo movie about the character from writer/director Ryan Coogler, which is now prepping for principal photography. From that prep comes word about one scene in particular, and it involves public transit in the Bay area in the 1990s.
The East Bay Times is reporting that AC Transit, the public transit system serving the Alameda and Contra Costa counties in California, have authorized Marvel to use their 1990s logo for a scene in Black Panther. “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,” says the site. “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.)”
The sick public transit burn aside, the reveal is in keeping with T’Challa’s comic book background of being educated abroad before returning to Wakanda. It’s also an Easter egg because Coogler himself is an alumnus of Saint Mary’s College High School, so it’s nice that he’s given his old high school a shout out in a major Hollywood franchise movie. Of course, Black Panther is not shooting by the Bay in San Francisco, but will be shooting in Marvel Studios‘ favourite locale, Atlanta, Georgia. Production on the film – which will co-star Michael B. Jordon, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, Sterling K. Brown, and Forest Whitaker – will begin shortly.
Black Panther will be in theatres everywhere on February 16, 2018.