Marvel’s heroes and villains started fighting back in 1939 when pulp magazine publisher Martin Goodman founded Timely Comics. It grew to include iconic writers and influential artists, and even took over the silver screen. These days, Marvel is one of the “big two” universes (we see you, DC) and a global phenomenon. If you read the comics and watch the movies, it only makes sense that you’d want to include some superhero destinations to your bucket list. Read on to learn more about real-life trips to the far-reaching corners of Marvel’s extraordinary universe.
Head to Casa Loma in Toronto to see where exterior shots of Professor Xaver’s school were filmed.

1. Visit Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters

“To me, my X-men!” Heed Professor X’s call to join him in Ontario, where much of the first X-Men movie was filmed. His school is not actually in Westchester County but rather in two different places: in Toronto and Oshawa, Canada. Oshawa is about 40 minutes east of Toronto and where all the exterior shots were filmed. The interior shots were taken at the gothic castle Casa Loma.

Toronto is home to several other Marvel filming locations. See Gooderham & Worts, the site where Erik (Ian McKellan) first discovered his superpowers. Then, make sure to peer up at the 27-floor Metro Hall, where they shot the opening scene in the senate. It’s the same hall used by Toronto’s government officials in real life.

Enjoy thrills and spills at Marvel Super Hero Island. ©Universal Studios Orlando

2. Go wild on Marvel Super Hero Island

Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure park in Florida is chock-full of exciting Marvel rides and attractions to leave you breathless. The Incredible Hulk ride moves at a blazing 67 mph (107 kph). If that’s not fast, we don’t know what is. Even though Spider-Man isn’t part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (that’s MCU if you’re in the know) anymore, you can still hop on this 3-D simulated ride if you want to get your spidey senses tingling. When you’re not testing the rides, snap a photo with one of the Marvel superheroes wandering around the park.

See where your favorite superheroes saved the day on this tour of NYC.

3. Take the NYC Superhero tour

Not all heroes wear capes, and in the words of Tony Stark, “If you’re nothing without this suit, then you shouldn’t have it.” If you’re fascinated by origin stories and want to visit where it all began, head to NYC

The Big Apple remains one of the best places to mine for treasures in Marvel’s world. And it all starts with a superhero tour of New York. Consider grabbing a day pass to the city (which includes the tour) to see iconic Marvel landmarks. While you’re out and about, try to spot famous supers like Captain America, the Fantastic Four, Hawkeye, and more.

From pop stars to masked heroes, Madame Tussaud’s has it all. © Madame Tussauds NY

4. Pose with superheroes (and superstars) at Madame Tussauds

Head to Madame Tussaud’s while you’re in New York City for a guaranteed treat. The famous wax museum is the place to practice superhero poses with all your favorites. Whether you’re shoulder to shoulder with Iron Man or snapping a pic with Ms. Monroe, Madame Tussaud’s is an experience like no other. When you’re done meeting your favorite heroes, you can also opt for a 4D film viewing. This crazy technology combines all sorts of special effects — from wind and water to scent. You’re guaranteed to feel like you’re in the thick of things as the city’s superheroes save the day. 

Leave the city behind and head to Jekyll Island to see where scenes from “X-Men: First Class” were filmed.

5. Say “lights, camera, action” in Atlanta

Atlanta is a hidden gem when it comes to Marvel movies: not only is there a 3-hour behind-the-scenes tour you can take, there’s also a ton of Marvel-related stuff to do in the city. Visit the High Museum of Art, where Erik Killmonger (Michael B Jordan) stole a vibranium axe from Wakanda (and see ancient African art while you’re at it). Or, stop by the beach on Jekyll Island, where some scenes from “X-Men: First Class” were filmed.

Visit Iguazu Falls and pose like a true Wakandan.

6. Wonder at the real-world Wakanda at Iguazu Falls

Wakanda might be fictional, but that doesn’t mean you can’t visit the stunning Iguazu Falls in Argentina. It’s one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and where they shot a few key scenes in “Black Panther.” As one of the largest waterfalls in the world (and maybe the most beautiful), Iguazu Falls is featured as “Warrior Falls” in the film. It’s where they coronated the King of Wakanda, otherwise known as the new Black Panther.

Have fun with the whole family at Disney theme parks. ©Disney

7. Visit Disney parks around the world

Disney’s theme parks are spread all over the world (from Paris to Shanghai to Tokyo). Lucky for us Marvel fans, they’re starting to feature rides, shows, or even entire themed islands based on the comics series. There are some rides that are unique to the particular city — like the Antman ride in Hong Kong, or the Avenger’s Campus, which is being developed in some US locations, along with an Iron-Man-themed expo in Hong Kong

Recreate the epic battle scene from “Thor: The Dark World” at the Old Royal Naval College.

8. Check out the Old Royal Naval College in London

The Old Royal Naval College in London is where the epic final battle between good and evil takes place in “Thor: The Dark World.” A good bit of the movie is set in outer space, but the shooting locations on earth parallel what you see on the screen. If you want to visit the spot where Thor (Chris Helmsworth) speaks to Jane (Natalie Portman) and fights Malekith to his death consider taking a tour like this one. Not only will you get to feel like you’re part of the film, you’ll also see the Painted Hall, the UK’s self-proclaimed Sistine Chapel.

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