TL;DR – Today with the next Avengers release imminent we take a look at where on Earth we have visited during Phase One, Phase Two, and Phase Three
I like I think a lot of people have been sitting around with nervous excitement/suspense for Infinity War that drops next week at the time of writing and I thought it best to funnel that nervous energy into something productive. So since I like maps and I like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I thought it would be interesting to map out where the MCU has visited during its three phases up to this point.
Charting the MCU
So From the map, the first thing that should be clear is that we have only charted the locations visited on Earth, so my apologies to Xandar and Asgard in advance. As well as this, we only plotted out locations that have appeared in the films and not the TV shows, so sorry Agents of SHIELD. When putting the map together some locations were actually more difficult to locate than I originally expected. For example, we can kind of tell that Tony is in India for a party in Spider-Man: Homecoming but not where. In these cases, I have taken the best estimate, like with the Salvage Yard in Age of Ultron which is not given a location but it seems to be very close to Johannesburg given The Hulk’s rampage.
Of course, the next category of difficult additions to the map come from those locations that are fictional additions from the movies and comics. This is not as big of issue than it could have been because at least in the Marvel films they prefer to use real locations (to set the story, not necessarily film in, yes I see you Brisbane trying to be New York) however it did lead to some moments when I just had to add my best guess. The clearest case of this is with Sokovia which unlike Wakanda was actually quite difficult to place. Part of this is that we get conflicting locations for where it is between Age of Ultron and Civil War. Now I had to pick one, so I went with the map that Clint uses when he finds Black Widow in Age of Ultron which seems to put it near the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
East Coast Time
Once I plotted out all the locations on the map I thought it was interesting to see the distribution of the locations. Now the first thing is that is clear is that it heavily features the East Coast of the USA, which does not seem to be changing with the next set of films. As well as this there are a lot of locations across Europe, though a lot of that was helped by Captain America gallivanting around the place in The First Avenger. The big absences come from places like Australia, Japan, South East Asia that have not been visited in the last eighteen films, and also South America that has only been visited once. However, we have been to New York so many times that it is actually best to differentiate which parts of New York the different films have been set in.
In the end, this was a fascinating project to put together as it brought me back to some of the older films I have not seen in a while. There was also a much bigger spread than I was expecting which was nice to see. As time goes on I will update the map with the places we visit during the rest of Phase Three, and as a wise philosopher once said ‘To Infinity and Beyond’.
By Brian MacNamara: You can follow Brian on Twitter Here, when he’s not chatting about Movies and TV, he’ll be talking about International Relations, or the Solar System.
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