MCU: Location Scout | Tønsberg, Norway

by Jovial Jay

Tønsberg, Norway has become a very popular spot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the people of Asgard.

LOCATION: Tønsberg, Norway (Culross, Scotland & St. Abbs, Scotland)
SHOW: Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Avengers: Endgame

Tonsberg, Norway Tonsberg, NorwayAppearing at the beginning of Thor (2010), Tønsberg served as the battleground in 965 AD between the armies of Asgard and the Frost Giants. The villagers took refuge as the Casket of Ancient Winters was opened and the armies clashed. These scenes were filmed on a soundstage with digital effects creating the space in which they clashed.

Tonsberg, Norway Tonsberg, NorwayThe city next showed up in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) in March 1942 as the Red Skull and his forces rolled into town looking for the Tesseract. He did finally discover the object hidden in a wood carving of Yggdrasil, the Asgardian “world tree.” The interiors of the church were shot on a soundstage, but according to Cinefex #127 (p64) the exteriors used Culross, Scotland for elements of the streets and buildings.

Tonsberg, NorwayThere is some debate if Tønsberg showed up next in Thor: Ragnarok (2017) or not. Doctor Strange had told Thor and Loki that Odin could be found in Norway, in a field. Later, Odin tells Thor about Asgard being, not a place, but a people. He mentions that the field they’re standing in could be home. Might this also be Tønsberg, Norway?

Tonsberg, Norway Tonsberg, NorwayLastly, Tønsberg appears in Avengers: Endgame (2019) as the site for New Asgard, at least according to the sign as Rocket and Banner drive into town. There is a brief shot of this location in the trailer (shown above) with Rocket entering “The Cormorant & Tun” Pub where he finds Thor. These scenes were shot in the small Scottish fishing village of St. Abbs on the northeast coast of Scotland (coincidentally, facing Norway)!

What may be next for this Norwegian haven? Only future MCU films will tell.

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