TL;DR – We map out all the locations of the now concluded X-Men film series
With The New Mutants getting their cinematic release (finally), the entire X-Men film franchise has been brought to a close. Even though the last couple of films have not been stand out performers, this is still sad as this is twenty years of history coming to a close. With that in mind, I thought it would be a good idea to continue to add to our Mapping Project by mapping out the franchise and its thirteen films.
Now when starting this project, I did have a view that this would be a generally straight forward task. I was wrong. This turned out to be much more complicated than I thought given to the ambiguity of some of the locations. At the same time, some like the Statue of Liberty are clearly straight forward. I spent hours trying to nail down the location of places like the Essex House for Mutant Rehabilitation.
With this in mind, I tried where possible to situate things using the locations given in the films, or when that was not possible using the original comics as a source. In some cases, neither of these options were available, so I put them in the most reasonable place I could find. In some cases, these were actually in conflict, and in that point, you have to pick one and move on.
We start our look at the maps by exploring the area where they have spent most of their time. Most of the films have been set in this area of the world as we find this is the location for the X-Mansion and nearby New York, but also because of its proximity to Washington DC and its surrounds. The Greater Washington DC area might be the most featured location in the franchise.
North America Map
From here we take a jump up to look at the entire North American continent as a whole. Here you can see the route that the film Logan takes from Mexico to the Canadian Border. We also get to see several locations in and around Canada which map on to the journey of one mutant, in particular, Wolverine (whose actor Hugh Jackman has the most appearances of the franchise).
From America, we move on to Europe, our next most visited location. The very first scene of the franchise is located here when we first meet Magneto at the gates of the Auschwitz concentration camp a site the films would return to across the series. We would see a couple more of the major cities appear throughout the series, but they would be more stunt locations rather than core parts of the narrative. The one exception is Paris which is where (in the rebooted timeline) most of the world discovered that mutants existed
Here we have the Full Map, which you will need to click on to see as some mobile phones do not like loading the large image. When we expand out of North America and Europe, there are a handful of other locations but not at the same level. Given that we will very likely see the mutants make an appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe sooner rather than later. I hope they take that opportunity to expand their view to a more global franchise.
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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Credits – The World Map that we used as a base was created by ‘San Jose’ which is shared with a Creative Commons Licence. The New York insert was developed in part with help from Google Maps