TL;DR – We continue our goal to map the Marvel Cinematic Universe by mapping Phase 4 up to Spider-Man: No Way Home
Mapping Infinity –
Back in 2018, when the Black Panther can out, I took the first attempt to chart the MCU. That first Map was quite basic compared to the work I would do with cartography going forward, but it is a nice step on my cartography journey. We updated the Map in 2019 when Endgame came out, and already New York was getting dense, but we have yet to look at Phase Four. Well, that is something we fix today.
From the Map, the first thing that should be clear is that we have only charted the locations visited on Earth (Earth-199999 or Midgard, or Terra or Planet C-53, to be specific). So, my apologies to Xandar and Old Asgard in advance that we will not be looking at the greater galactic universe. But it does mean that every film is represented in this Map, though Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 only make one entry.
As well as this, we only plotted out locations that are 100% in the MCU, so yes to the new Disney + series like WandaVision but no to Spider-Men from different realities, or the TV shows that were sort of MCU adjacent, so sorry Agents of SHIELD and the Netflix Defenders series like Daredevil. It also means no to the X-Men films, but the good thing is that we already have a map for that HERE.
When putting the Map together, some locations were more challenging to locate than I initially expected. Some places we know where they are down to a street address, and some areas are as vague as ‘Australia’. For example, we can tell that Tony is in India for a party in Spider-Man: Homecoming but not where in India, so I picked near Jaipur, which feels like where they were going. 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. This Map also contains countries (Sokovia/Wakanda/Madripoor) and cities that don’t exist in the real world, and as such, we have made our best attempt to add them here.
West Coast of America
When I started this Map, I had to work basically from scratch as I ditched the smaller Map of the 2018/2019 version and used the larger version of the Map I developed for my Civilization Maps. I did this because I knew that mapping New York was going to be difficult on the smaller Map… well, it turns out it was going to be difficult on the giant Map as well. To have it come even close to working, I had to create an insert for New York and Washington DC, Los Angeles, London, and Madripoor (with New Orleans getting real close to needing one).
If you said all of the MCU happened in New York, you would be wrong … but not by much. When I was making the insert, I had initially thought that I had made it too big, only to discover that the opposite was true. This is version 3 of the New York insert, and frankly, I am not 100% happy with it, so please take it as the vibe of the thing than the literal places.
While the western coast of the US is the most popular place that the MCU has dived into, the second most popular is Europe. This is thanks to Peter galivanting around in Far From Home, Falcon and the Winter Soldier discovering that Eastern Europe exists, and literally everyone making a pit stop in London at some point.
One area of the Map where there is a significant change from the norm is the Indian Ocean, thanks to the partial emergence of the Celestial in the Eternals. It is also at the core of why it is so hard to map the MCU at times. In the movie, Makkari spots the emergence being just off the Somali coastline. But when we see the wide shot, there is nothing but ocean, and then dialogue in the film states that it is near Australia. For this Map, I split the difference and stuck it in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
Once you leave Europe and North America, the number of locations starts to drop significantly, which we have traditionally shown by an empty Australia. However, it is not the case this time because Australia is no longer empty because it has one location. However, they didn’t say where it was in Australia, so I had to guess, given the location they visited.
Here now we have all of this in one Map, there is both a jpeg and pgn version for you to choose from.
In the end, I hope you have enjoyed our MCU map, and if I missed something, please let me know in the comments below. There are so many new entries coming to the MCU in 2022, so I expect this Map will get expanded even more by the end of the year.
– The World Map that we used as a base several iterations ago was created by ‘San Jose’ which is shared with a Creative Commons Licence.
– The Nation detail maps America, Antarctica, Australia 1, Australia 2, Canada, Caribbean, China, Cook Islands, Europe Relief, Fiji, French Polynesia, Gilbert Islands, Germany, Greece, Hawaii, Italy, Japan, India, London, Los Angles, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Micronesia, , New York City, New Zealand, Netherlands, Northern Mariana Islands, San Francisco, Samoa, Scandinavia, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Tonga, Valley of Mexico, Vietnam & Washington DC that we used for reference were shared with a Creative Commons Licence or was in the public domain. They were originally created by Aotearoa, Alexrk2, Antigoni, E Pluribus Anthony, Fut Perf, Htonl, Koyos, L. Claudel, Li Chao, Maximilian Dörrbecker, Mrflip, NASA, NgaViet, NordNordWest, Shadowfox, Silver Spoon, Szczureq, The Emirr, Tubs, Tyk, United States Department of the Interior, Wikimedia Commons, Yavidaxiu & Yug.
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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