Jordan Peele's films are like miniature films with a ton of big ideas bubbling under their surface. Nope is a disturbing, funny, and razor-sharp thriller about a brother and sister (Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer) who discover a UFO hidden under the clouds near their California horse ranch and set out to prove it.
Fans have begun to wonder whether these films are all set in the same fictional world as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, only with a lot less superheroes and with more bizarre surgical procedures. Is this still the case in the Peele Cinematic Universe?
Peele himself suggests that we might be. He points to a scene in theNopepress notes that suggests a direct connection toUs.It takes place midway through the film when the Kaluuya and Palmers characters go to a fast food establishment with a friend. They finish the meal at Copperpots Cove, a fried fish restaurant.
Copperpots Cove does not exist in our world, but itdidexist inUs.At one point in that film, the central family had their own meal from the same restaurant.
Peele says in the press notes thatUsandNope shares a cinematic universe.
I strive to make all of my films in the same universe, this universe: reality. I think there are certain ways in which the film world differs from our reality, like the fast-food chain, Copperpots Cove. That doesn't exist, but its in Us and also in Nope. So, people may be led to connect and wonder if Nope and Us exist in the same universe. These are thoughts I would welcome to let people make.
Peele was so determined to make the whole menu for Copperpots Cove a reality, and hired a chef who liked to create a real fish sandwich that the restaurant would serve, while the prop team created their own real fast food packaging. I do not think it's a huge spoiler to say that this stuff is barely visible onscreen. However, it certainly made the actors feel like they were eating in a real fast food restaurant.
Peele did not expressly state thatNope andUstake will take place in the same cinematic universe, but he did provide an indication that they might be. He also said he's open to helping others think along those lines in whatever they do next, and perhaps seeNope for more connections between it andGet OutandNopethe next time you see it.