Map-It – Mapping Infinity: The Cartography of the MCU (2019 Update)

TL;DR – Today with the next Avengers release imminent we take a look at where on Earth we have visited during all of Phase One, Phase Two, and Phase Three

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Today Avengers: Endgame was released in cinemas, and well since I like maps and I like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I thought it would be interesting to update our map out where the MCU has visited during its three phases from Iron Man in 2008 to Endgame in 2019. This means that there are some slight spoilers for Endgame here, but only their locations which don’t really give anything away, but if you are super cautious please be aware.    

Mapping the MCU. Image Credit: Brian MacNamara

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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 India. 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. Without further ado, here is all of the MCU mapped out.       

Mapping the MCU. Image Credit: Brian MacNamara

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One thing you can see is that the map is quite clustered, owing from the nature of it being an American production. As such, the USA features prominently throughout the 22 films.

Mapping the MCU. Image Credit: Brian MacNamara

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Not to be outdone, the next biggest concentration can be found in Europe, helped in part by Captain America gallivanting around the continent during World War Two. This is also one of the areas that will be getting a lot of attention in the future, which is all I can say without getting into spoilers, but then they have released the trailer so that is not new news.

Mapping the MCU. Image Credit: Brian MacNamara

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Finally, before we go I want to take a moment to highlight one very important part of the map because it is 1) where I live and 2) well I think the map speaks for itself

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.

Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. All maps created by Brian MacNamara, based on a map originally created by ‘San Jose’ which is shared with a Creative Commons Licence.

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.

Have you watched all of the MCU?, let us know what you thought in the comments below, feel free to share this review on any of the social medias and you can follow us Here. Check out all our past reviews and articles Here, and have a happy day.

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