If you’ve seen Black Panther, than you don’t need us to tell you that it’s awesome and one of the best Marvel movies to date — and if you don’t agree, that’s totally cool too! Discussions of Black Panther’s quality aside, it’s true that Ryan Coogler’s film marks an interesting turning point in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not only is the film an important piece of representation that will almost certainly pave the way for more diverse blockbusters in the years ahead, it’s also the last film Marvel will put out before they start blowing up their shared universe with Infinity War and Avengers 4 in 2019.
It’s surprising then to find so few actual connections to the larger Marvel Universe in Black Panther. Normally, these movies are loaded with Easter eggs that call attention to other parts of the shared universe, but Black Panther only throws in a few. That being said, there are still a number of cool hidden details in the film if you look hard enough. Here are the best ones we were able to spot, but let us know in the comments if there are any we missed that you feel are worth mentioning.
17. Oakland’s Significance
While most of Black Panther is set in the fictional African nation of Wakanda, the very real city of Oakland, California figures heavily, with the film’s opening scene set there. We learn later that Oakland is the birth place of the film’s main villain, Erik Stevens, but its significance goes well beyond this detail. Oakland is director Ryan Coogler’s hometown and served as the setting for the earliest collaboration between himself and Michael B. Jordan, the 2013 film Fruitvale Station. In addition, Oakland is also the birthplace of the Black Panther political party, which was founded in 1966, just weeks after the Marvel character made his debut.