It’s great if you’ve seen Black Panther. If you don’t agree with us, that’s fine, too. This is true, no matter what people say about Black Panther. Ryan Coogler’s film is an interesting point in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s not just that the movie is important because it’s the last one Marvel will make before they start destroying their universe with Infinity War and Avengers 4 in 2019.
It’s surprising, then, that Black Panther doesn’t have a lot of connections to the rest of the Marvel Universe. These movies usually have Easter eggs that show off other parts of the shared universe, but Black Panther only has a few. This is because the movie only has a few of them. The movie is still full of interesting things to find if you look hard enough. Let us know what you think in the comments if we missed any that you think deserve to be talked about. These are the best ones we could find.
17. The significance of Oakland
While most of Black Panther takes place in the fictional African country of Wakanda, the real city of Oakland, California, plays a big role. The movie’s opening scene takes place there. In the movie, Erik Stevens was born in Oakland. Later, we learn that this is where he was born, but the city’s significance goes far beyond this fact. Ryan Coogler is from Oakland, which is where he made the 2013 film Fruitvale Station with Michael B. Jordan, which was the first time the two worked together. When Marvel Comics character Black Panther came out in 1966, Oakland was already home to a political party called the Black Panther. This party was started just a few weeks after the character made his debut.
Public Enemy: 16.
When Ryan Coogler is making a movie about the Black Panther, he makes sure that Oakland has a sense of place that connects not only to its history as a hero and a political party, but also to its cultural history. Sterling K. Brown plays N’Jobu in the movie. Before he dies in the opening scene, we don’t learn very much about him. In his apartment, there is a Public Enemy poster. Even though the hip-hop group was born in Long Island, New York, they had a close relationship with the Black Panther Party, and even their backup dancers wore leather jackets and hats linked to the party.
15. The Mask of Killmonger
He wears a Black Panther suit at the end of the movie, but Erik “Killmonger” Stevens’ first costume is one of the best in the movie. Erik finds a tribal mask in London that has ties to Wakanda and Marvel Comics, but it also has ties to London. It turns out that the mask is based on two different comics.
The first is Mephisto, because the mask looks a lot like the demon from Christopher Priest’s run on the Black Panther comics. In Black Panther #37, Killmonger fights T’Challa with the mask that looks like the one he used in the fight.
14. M’Baku’s comics began.
In a movie with a lot of great characters, Winston Duke’s M’Baku is a little overshadowed, but he does a great job with the typical rival-turned-friend arc. In the movie, the comic book version of M’Baku is even more powerful than the real one, but it also has a lot of problems. Man-Ape: M’Baku is the leader of a rival clan of gorilla-worshiping warriors who dressed up as a gorilla to honor the tribe’s white gorilla god.
As you can see in the example above, having a black man dressed up as an angry gorilla is a racially charged image that Black Panther thankfully doesn’t use. This is why the movie version of this black exploitation character is very different from the original. This isn’t the only way the movie pays homage to the character’s comic book roots: thick fur on M’Baku’s shoulders and forearms, along with attached armor pieces, make his upper body look bigger. He also wears a gorilla mask for a short time while fighting T’Challa.
It’s number 13. Shuri’s Vine Joke
There are a lot of ways Shuri could have been a hermit-like tech nerd in Black Panther. The film also remembers that she’s a teenager, though, and that she’s just as in touch with pop culture as anyone else her age. Early in the movie, Shuri looks down at her brother’s sandals and asks, “What are these?!” in a surprised voice. In a Vine of the same name, the same question and tone was asked. In that Vine, the comment was made about a police officer’s choice of shoes. Vine history is all here.
Kicks off back to the future in number 12.
In a good way, Shuri’s Black Panther suit designs don’t only have to be functional. She comes up with a better choice of shoes for her brother to wear instead of sandals. As you can see, Shuri is wearing sneakers. They’re made to cut down on the sound of footsteps and fit like a second skin. This kind of tech came from an old American movie, Shuri says, and though the title isn’t stated, it most likely refers to Back to the Future Part II and Marty McFly’s self-lacing Nikes.
11. Trevor Noah came on stage.
This came to light more than three months after Black Panther came out. Trevor Noah, who hosts the Daily Show and is known for his satirical take on the news, appears in the movie as Shuri’s AI Griot, which helps Everett Ross pilot a virtual fighter plane during the final battle. The word “griot” is a West African term for a storyteller.
Noah, who is from South Africa, says that being able to play a part in Black Panther is a personal victory for him because many of the movie’s characters speak Xhosa, which is one of his home country’s main languages.
In February, he said, “It was extra special for me because the people in the movie speak Xhosa.” I said, “I don’t need your subtitles! I don’t need your subtitles!” None of this is for me. I don’t need your subtitles. This is just for me right now. This is not for anyone else. Nobody else hears! This makes me think of my mom.
During a later interview with Chadwick Boseman, Noah said that his friends in South Africa loved Black Panther because it was “real.” “People loved it back home,” he said.
10. The colors of the flag of the African Union are 10.
T’Challa, Nakia, and Okoye, the three heroes in Black Panther’s South Korea scenes, aren’t just fun to watch because they’re so dynamic and interesting to watch together. It’s one of the things that makes these scenes stand out. All three characters dress up when they go to a casino in the hope of getting Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis). Is there something that you didn’t notice? The trio’s color scheme has a hidden meaning.
They also stand out in their green and red dresses, which is ironic, since they’re trying to blend in with the crowd. When you line up all three characters, their colors match up with the three horizontal lines that make up the Pan-African Flag: red, black, and green.
9: “Another White Boy” To Fix It
T’Challa and Martin Freeman’s Everett Ross meet up again in the middle of Black Panther. Ross is trying to capture Ulysses Klaue. Killmonger manages to get Klaue out of prison, and Ross takes a bullet for Nakia in the process. The heroes have to take Ross to Wakanda to save his spine. Shuri will have to do most of the work to get Ross back on his feet, and she says so when she says that he’s “another white boy” for her to fix.
In Captain America: Civil War, she left James “Bucky” Barnes (Sebastian Stan) in her care at the end of the movie. Black Panther’s post-credits scene shows that Bucky is on the mend and ready to fight in Infinity War, so that’s what we know. You can read about how Shuri “reboots” Bucky in a whole comic book.
8. The “All My Children” connection:
What does a daytime soap opera have to do with a superhero movie that everyone wants to see? Well, both of Black Panther’s main men were hired to work on All My Children, but the connection is even weirder than that. As it turns out, both Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan played Reggie Montgomery on the show, which was called “Reggie Montgomery” (albeit at different times). One has to wonder if the two of them exchanged notes and talked about their soap opera days on the set of Black Panther. They even had a real moment of animosity to play off of in their on-screen rivalry, but we’re not saying they did that. Jordan’s name is more closely linked to the character than Boseman’s is.
7: The Human Torch-Captain America “Feud”
As Erik “Killmonger” Stevens, Michael B. Jordan is the second actor to play Johnny Storm in a Fantastic Four movie and then move on to play a superhero in the Marvel movies (Chris Evans being the first, of course). “Coincidence”: At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be much to this, but it turns out there is. When two young actors who played the same character show up in a different movie universe as different characters, it’s not surprising. The MCU is now so big and diverse that it’s not surprising.
That doesn’t mean they’re the same person. Jordan and Evans have one thing in common, though: They both have fought Black Panther on screen. Evans’ Steve Rogers fights the African king in Captain America: Civil War to protect his best friend, Bucky. He is now called Killmonger when he fights T’Challa as T’Challa. If the Fantastic Four ever show up in the MCU, things are going to get even more weird.
6. The Black Leopard is on the sixth.
When Killmonger defeats T’Challa and takes the throne of Wakanda, he gets the power of the Black Panther and a suit of his own when he does it. The villain chooses to wear the gold armor T’Challa gives away earlier in the movie, which makes it easier to tell them apart visually. But a small detail that most people probably didn’t notice is that the golden armor has spots all over it. When you look at this visual detail, it refers to two different parts of Black Panther history. There are two reasons for this. The first is that the character’s name was changed to Black Leopard in the early 1970s, which was done to separate the character from the politics of the Black Panther Party. As a bonus, the spots could also be a nod to Killmonger’s sidekick Preyy the leopard, even though he doesn’t appear in the movie at all.
Marvel Studios 5. Panther vs. Rhino is on.
We see W’Kabi (Daniel Kaluuya), who plays W’Kabi, unleash his combat rhinos on T’Challa’s forces at the end of the movie. This fight between Black Panther and one of the rhinos is very cool. While some people might have been turned off by this over-the-top scene, it’s one that comes straight from the pages of Black Panther’s first comic run. “Panther’s Rage” is the very first story arc for the character. In it, T’Challa fights Erik Killmonger and a rhino at one point, as well. This was a clear source of inspiration for the action in the movie. The Black Panther’s grip on the rhino, which is shown below, looks almost like it did on screen.
In this part, we’re going to talk about Everett Ross and Captain Marvel.
The CIA man played by Martin Freeman in Black Panther has a lot more to do in the movie than he did in Captain America: Civil War. He even gets to play the hero in the third act because of his skills as an ace pilot. Ross isn’t just a silly character in the movie because Shuri’s reading of Ross’ file makes it clear that he’s a lot more capable than he looks like.
It’s interesting that Ross used to be a pilot before he joined the CIA, but it was made up for the movie. Because Carol Danvers is going to be shown to us as a young pilot in the new Captain Marvel movie, is it possible that Ross has met the Marvel hero before? We’ll have to wait and see…
Three. There’s a chance that Dr. Strange and Dr. Strange might
For all that Killmonger is, the movie kind of skims over his plan to arm Wakanda’s spies around the world. But there is a fun Easter egg in Killmonger’s plot. It has to do with the cells that accept his orders first. As it was said, the forces in New York, London, and Hong Kong are ready to attack. This would be a seemingly insignificant fact if not for the fact that those cities are also home to Earth’s three Sanctum Sanctorums from Doctor Strange.
There were three places where mystical energy kept the Earth safe in that movie. If Killmonger’s plan had worked, the Earth would have been doomed in more ways than one. We don’t know for sure if this was a deliberate nod by Ryan Coogler to Scott Derrickson’s film or just a coincidence, but we think it’s more likely that it was the former.
Ryan Coogler has said that Barry Jenkins did a great job on his Oscar-winning movie Moonlight. He also said that Jenkins was a supportive voice for him when he was making Black Panther, which won an Oscar. It’s like Coogler pays back in a way with the last scene of Black Panther in Oakland, California. She shows them a plane that came from Wakanda to the kids in their neighborhood. Then, a little boy who isn’t very old gets the movie’s last line. In Moonlight, actor Alex R. Hibbert played one of the three main roles. This boy is none other than him.
First, the White Wolf
On the surface, Black Panther’s last post-credits scene isn’t as good as it could have been. The trailer for Avengers: Infinity War shows Bucky Barnes alive and well in Wakanda even though he was put into a deep freeze at the end of Captain America: Civil War. This is because Bucky is shown in the trailers. Even though Black Panther is the last Marvel movie before Infinity War comes out in 2016, there isn’t a lot the film can do to set up the arrival of Thanos.
One interesting thing about the scene, though, may point to something bigger to come. There are kids in Wakanda who call Bucky the “White Wolf,” which is the name for a person who is stuck in Wakanda. However, it also shows that the person who was raised to become T’Challa’s most trusted soldier, as the White Wolf becomes the head of the Wakandan secret police. This means that Bucky will be an important ally for Black Panther and Wakanda in Infinity War.