This week MCU: Location Scout gives credit to the brave mapping pioneers that have come before us.
|LOCATION: The Real World
Before we continue with the Locations, I wanted to take a moment, and thank a number of people on the Internet for helping with this search. I stand on the shoulders of those who came before me, and my work is based off of work that they had previously put in.
My primary tool, is observation. I watch the show/film/episode and see what I can see. Are there any signs? Is it a place I recognize, or nearly recognize that can give me a starting place to look? Do I recognize the location from any other movie or TV show? I then take to Google Maps and Street View to see what I can find. But oftentimes that’s not enough.
My first stop is the Filming Locations section of IMDb to see what they have listed. I use that to give me a sense where the show was filmed. Was it in England? Atlanta? Los Angeles? I’ve also started keeping track of where films and shows are shooting using sites such as OnLocationVacations, and using that to piece the puzzle together.
There are many websites can tell you where certain parts of your favorite films were shot, but none that have really collected them all together. The following sites served as a nice research base for me to start from. But I didn’t just add a location because some site told me so. My criteria for adding locations to the MCU Location Map was two fold: could I confirm the location thru observation, or could I get another source to validate what the website has said (I removed a site that wasn’t confirmable just the other week!). In some cases I found their research lacking, and understood the location to be somewhere else. Other times, I confirmed the location through the use of observation, secondary images (just Google the location and look at the images), or first-hand accounts (such as in the Art of Marvel Studios books, or from magazines, such as Cinefex)
This is a giant puzzle, and I’m an Internet Detective pouring thru the data. Thanks to these sites for providing me the tools to do this job!
|To see the Filming Location listed above, and hundreds of others, please click the Map Icon on the left. From there you can explore all the Locations and Scout your trip to the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Got tips? Got corrections? Let me know on Twitter @JovialJay!|
Behind every scene in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a location. Some are iconic. Some are functional. Some are completely fantastic. But all of them are there to support the story.
Here at the MCU: Location Scout, Jovial Jay digs deep to uncover the real-world filming locations behind your favorite super hero films. From Iron Man to Inhumans and everything in between!
Having grown up on comics, television and film, “Jovial” Jay feels destined to host podcasts and write blogs related to the union of these nerdy pursuits. Among his other pursuits he administrates and edits stories at the two largest Star Wars fan sites on the ‘net (Rebelscum.com, TheForce.net), and co-hosts the Jedi Journals podcast over at the ForceCast network.