Originally Posted by Captain Tom Coughlin
The examples being held against the movie are mostly easter eggs. They are meant to just roll by, they aren't plot points. They are just scenery.
Yeah. If you want to create the idea of a bigger universe out there you have to mention stuff in passing that suggests there's more than these 7 folks and that's it. Plus usually when you do an alternate timeline part of the fun of that is referencing that.