Last Updated on June 20, 2023

Marvel movies are renowned for their jaw-dropping visuals and awe-inspiring filming locations. While these settings may not be real, there are actual locations that viewers can explore in person.

Movies can be filmed almost anywhere. But once they are released, specific locations become the subject of tourists’ fascination. These places can range from quaint homes to incredible natural wonders – a testament to the continued impact of films.

Planning a trip to visit the spots where your favorite Marvel movies were recorded sounds like a dream come true. Traveling to some of these locations can be tricky due to their international setting, but here are five places you must see if you’re a Marvel fanatic, both in and out of the US.

Metropolitan Art and Business District, Atlanta

When T’Challa and Nakia were racing to salvage an urgently-needed relic in the 2018 movie “Black Panther,” it seemed they were sprinting through a fish market in Busan. However, the scenes of the market were captured in a bustling district called MET Atlanta, located in the heart of Georgia’s capital. Clocking in at 675 Metropolitan Parkway SW, this area is the perfect stage for a modern-day adventure.

Revel in the world of the MCU right from the comfort of your home! Should you wish to take a closer look, visit MCU filming locations yourself and travel to the destinations where filming took place. Amazingly, even the mystifying CIA establishment in South Korea was shot in Atlanta.

The Schwarma Joint, Los Angeles

After all their hard work saving the world, the Avengers deserved a much-needed break. Tony Stark provided it with a delicious (well-deserved) Middle Eastern meal they shared without exchanging a single word. It’s arguably one of the most memorable episodes in any Marvel movie, a light-hearted and entirely out-of-character moment for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

When The Avengers premiered in Los Angeles, a special scene was shot at Shalom Grill, formerly Elat Burger. Now widely recognized for its intriguing connection to the movie, the restaurant is an aesthetic haven, proudly displaying its newfound popular culture status.

The Plainclothes Mall, Cleveland

Cleveland. Courtesy Pixabay.

While in Captain America and the Winter Soldier, Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff had to evade HYDRA agents during a mall-center scenario in the capital of America. What many viewers didn’t know was the filmmakers actually explored locations in Cleveland for these scenes in the movie.

The Tower City Center was the exemplary choice for the Apple Store scene in the movie. The filmmakers were likely swayed by its expansive lobby and its aesthetic attractiveness. That is why it was determined to be an imperative location for the shoot.

The Chase Scene Pier, Liverpool

The iconic and renowned Pier 13 chase scene from Captain America did not occur in the states like most viewers would assume. It was recorded in the city of Liverpool. Noteworthy and impeccable, the sequence occurred towards the movie’s start, as Steve Rogers was being pursued through the winding alleys and docks of a fictitious New York.
The Stanley Dock in Liverpool underwent dramatic revamps to make the film, but once the production wrapped, the changes were erased, and it regained its original shape. The classic cars

that lined the sides of the road, the ‘Pier 13’ sign, and even the Nazi submarine can no longer be found here. It’s pretty amazing to consider how little CGI was used – this allowed the setting to appear as if time had remained in the 1940s in Liverpool.

Calling Dormammu in Exeter College, Oxford

Exeter College, Oxford.
Exeter College, Oxford. Courtesy Pixabay.

Oxford, a city in England, has been chosen as a filming site for numerous movies, likely because of its abundance of historically significant spots. Doctor Strange is one such film that took advantage of the city’s beauty and culture, utilizing Exeter College’s Chapel for its characters to glorify Dormammu.

The majestic university setting, particularly the Chapel, captures the eye and mind of Mads Mikkelsen’s character in a way that words can hardly describe. Explore this fairytale and the stunningly beautiful stained glass and British architecture. You won’t believe your eyes when witnessing this historical wonderland.

Honorable Mentions

In order to complete our list of must-visit places for Marvel devotees, we’ve added a few more remarkable destinations that are too good to be missed. Some of these include:

  • Forests of Asgard, Tamborine National Park, Australia (Thor: Ragnarok)
  • Avengers Facility, the Porsche Experience Center, Atlanta (Age Of Ultron)
  • Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich (Thor: The Dark World)
  • Leipzig Airport, Halle airport, Germany (Captain America: Civil War)
  • Culver University, St. George Campus, Toronto (The Incredible Hulk)
  • New Asgard, St Abbs (small fishing village), Scotland (Avengers: Endgame)

Out of these renowned MCU destinations, which hotspots do you intend to travel to next?