Moviegoers got their introduction to Chadwick Boseman's live-action portrayal of Black Panther in last year's Captain America: Civil War. Just as Disney and Marvel Studios had hoped, his introduction was one of the best parts of the film. Since that point, those who liked the character have been eager to see more of the new King of Wakanda and will get the chance to do so when he gets his solo film, Black Panther.
One of the big appeals of the movie is the idea that it will primarily take place in the fictitious African country. There has been plenty of interest in seeing the rest of this world after catching only a glimpse at the mountains and fog in the post-credits for Civil War, but it appears that the film will also take the hero elsewhere. In fact, the latest report claims director Ryan Coogler is planning on taking him back to the '90s to his schooling in America.
The San Francisco-based newspaper East Bay Times revealed that the transit agency has agreed to let Marvel use a 1990s-era AC Transit bus logo for an upcoming film. That film will be Black Panther and according to their report, the remodeled bus will be used during a flashback in which T'Challa is a student at Saint Mary's College High School in Berkeley, CA and must take the bus to and from school.
This news is the first confirmation that Black Panther's events will travel outside of the mountains surrounding some depictions of Wakanda, even if it is only in the form of flashbacks. It should be interesting to see what larger MCU connections could be made at this point in time. The younger T'Challa could very well be studying the work of Hank Pym or Howard Stark to later use in furthering the advancements of Wakanda.
In the comics, T'Challa also takes a leave of absence from Wakanda to study abroad in Europe and America. This flashback could be an opportunity for Marvel to work in T'Challa's alias "Luke Charles" as well. Outside of the possible MCU connections that could be made, it will be interesting to find out why T'Challa is sent away and how he embraces America. He is not the biggest fan of leaving the confines of Wakanda in Civil War, and it could be his experience in America as a teenager that makes him further distrust the world. Ultimately, this will be a small portion of the film, but shows that audiences can expect to learn more about T'Challa's past as they watch him learn to be a king as well.
Source: East Bay Times
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