Avengers Easter Egg Reveals A Dark Connection To Black Panther's Past

Avengers: Age of Ultron was filled to the brim with teases and hints to future Marvel movies, including Black Panther. Vibranium, the precious and virtually indestructible metal the comprises Cap’s shield, plays a part in Ultron’s schemes, and Andy Serkis made his debut as Ulysses Klaue, a known Black Panther villain. As it turns out, however, there was one Easter egg in the film that needed a closer look. Thankfully, someone did it for us.

A community Marvel fan page on Facebook called Marvel Cinematic Universe posted an HD still from Avengers: Age of Ultron. It’s the file Tony Stark pulls out about Klaue when the team is trying to figure out Ultron’s next move.

"Ulysses Klaue was an assassin hired to take down T'Chaka at the Bilderberg conference in the case that he refused to...Posted by Marvel Cinematic Universe on Monday, August 24, 2015

The text on this file, according to Andrew Gifford, refers to Klaue as "an assassin" hired to take down T’Chaka, king of Wakanda and father of T’Challa/Black Panther, at the Bilderberg conference - which is an annual private gathering of approximately 120-150 political leaders and experts from various industries. T’Chaka was unwilling to negotiate Wakanda’s precious resources, notably Vibranium. However, Klaue had personal reasons — T’Chaka, referred to as "the Panther," killed Klaue’s great-grandfather in the 19th century while "this one was trying to annex Wakanda."

The report also states that Klaue was paid $10 million to kill the leader, though it’s unclear whether or not he actually succeeded. The death of T’Chaka by Klaue is what sparks the latter’s ongoing feud with T’Challa in the comics, so it’s possible this has already happened in the background of the cinematic universe. However, there’s the recent rumors to consider, namely the one that said thatT’Chaka will die during Captain America: Civil War. It’s also been said that Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa will have an agenda in the film to track down Sebastian Stan’s The Winter Soldier, which led many fans to postulate that it was a mind-warped Bucky who killed his father.

But then there are comments made by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. In speaking of the presence of Chawick Boseman’s Panther in Captain America: Civil War, he said,

I think [Black Panther] and his father are saying, ‘A bunch of vibranium just got out of here and wreaked a lot of havoc…’

This automatically implies that T’Chaka is alive in Civil War. We’ll have to wait and see how this all turns out as we get closer the film’s release date.

In Captain America: Civil War, an international incident involving the Avengers puts them at odds with the world’s leaders, who want to pass harsher restrictions on superhuman beings. This causes a divide among the heroes, one that pits friend against friend. Regardless of what happens, Black Panther will live to fight another day in his own solo movie, coming on July 6, 2018.