While cameras were expected to officially roll on Marvel Studios’ Black Panther today, it seems that Ryan Coogler and company kicked things off a little earlier than expected, as this series of tweets from @AtlantaFilming details:

While not revealing in any way, the tweets do come from a reliable source who is sure to be on top of things as filming takes place in the Atlanta area. One thing he’s certainly likely to keep an eye on will be the use of a vintage 1990’s transit bus. The bus will be part of flashbacks to T’Challa’s time being educated in the United States as a student at St. Mary’s College High School in Berkeley, California.


Fans of the comics will know that following the death of his father, T’Chaka, at the hands of Ulysses Klaw, the teenaged T’Challa studied abroad in both Europe and America, with childhood friend B’Tumba. As part of his rite of passage, T’Challa was to live as an everyman…enter the transit!

These 90’s flashbacks give some credence to our speculation that at least part of the film would take place in the past, setting up the main conflict between T’Challa and Erik Killmonger. While these shots of the young T’Challa in high school will almost certainly not include Killmonger, it’s good to see that we will continue to get some more historical context for the MCU.

With production under way, look for an official release via Marvel.com sometime in the next few weeks. It should include any changes to the title treatment, at least a partial cast list and, potentially, an updated synopsis.

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker and a host of other ridiculously talented actors will open February 16, 2018.

Sources: Twitter, East Bay Times via my man Cooper Hood at Screen Rant