Major spoilers ahead, but who are we kidding? We know you’ve already watched "Avengers: Infinity War"—maybe even more than once! We’ve waited 10 years, and the culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has left us all with mouths agape, eyes puffy, and minds blown. To help you wrap your head around that insane ending, we’re taking you on a step-by-step voyage through the film’s real-life counterparts in Scotland, the USA, Brazil, and the Philippines. Avengers, assemble!
A cobblestone stretch in Edinburgh, Cockburn Street stood as the backdrop of one of Avengers: Infinity War’s grandest combats. While on their sweet honeymoon-esque retreat, Scarlet Witch, also known as Wanda Maximoff, and The Vision (portrayed by Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, respectively) are thrown back into the chaos as members of The Black Order come for the Mind Stone. The fight scenes were mainly shot on the nostalgic thoroughfare—which greatly ended up in a rubble in the movie. On a normal war-of-gods-free day, navigate through narrow alleys alongside locals and tourists to find hole-in-the-wall restaurants, quaint souvenir shops, and historic landmarks around the area.
Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Saint Giles’ Cathedral, about third of the way down Edinburgh’s The Royal Mile, makes a cameo in the movie as super-people crash into the roof of Scotland’s divine place of worship. See the Mother Church of Presbyterianism—with its distinct crown steeple still intact—to learn about the rich history of Scotland’s monarchy, religion, and politics. The church is open every day of the week; just remember to check their schedule on the website before you go.
High Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
A portion of the intense battle between Scarlet Witch and Proxima Midnight (played by Carrie Coon) was shot at City Chambers, the home of the City of Edinburgh Council. The eighteenth-century Georgian structure, designed by renowned Scottish architect John Adam, boasts of a lovely courtyard that revolves around the “Alexander Taming Bucephalus” statue. Its most prominent feature, however, is its beautiful groin-vaulted arcades, which frame a dramatic scene between the heroine and the villainess mid-fight. Edinburgh City Chambers is closed to the general public, but event spaces within the government building are open for events.
253 High Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The Avengers’ struggle in Edinburgh concludes in Waverley Railway Station, the Scottish capital city’s principal train station. It is the setting for one of the most highly anticipated scenes in Infinity War—Captain America’s (also known as Steve Rogers, portrayed by Chris Evans) return. Waverley Railway Stations’ pivotal role in the movie is enough to merit a visit, but stand in awe in the gorgeously architectured Victorian structure and discover its great contribution to the country’s economic boom.
Princes Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Spiderman (also known as Peter Parker, played by Tom Holland) makes his Infinity War debut on a school bus moving along Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge. After his spidey sense tingles, we see him look over to the giant donut-shaped spaceship and dash off to save his New York neighborhood. The cantilever structure, also called the 59th Street Bridge, runs over the East River and connects Manhattan to Queens, indulging you with views of Long Island and the Upper East Side. Walk along the viaduct’s pedestrian lane to start an adventure along the interesting neighborhoods on either side of the bridge.
Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, New York City, New York, USA
Atlanta Central Park doubles as New York City, particularly in the fight scene at the start of the movie—you know, where we first see Bruce Banner (portrayed by Mark Ruffalo) have trouble summoning The Hulk. Without all the fighting, Atlanta Central Park is a peaceful haven to spend a casual sunny afternoon. Complete with sports facilities, an indoor recreational center, a playground, and various community activities such as music festivals and group yoga classes, you’ll always find something to do that doesn’t involve hiding behind a tree (yup, we’re talking to you, Banner!).
400 Merritts Avenue NE, Altanta, Georgia, USA
Parque Nacional dos Lençóis Maranhenses
Parnaiba, Brazil • Recommendation •
Unfortunately, we say goodbye to Gamora (played by Zoe Saldana) as Thanos (Josh Brolin) sacrifices her to attain the Soul Stone. The gripping event was set on Vormir, which in real life, is represented by Lençóis Maranhenses National Park in the Maranhão state of northern Brazil. The smooth, rolling sand dunes perfectly capture the vast emptiness of the remote barren planet. On-screen, Lençóis Maranhenses National Park is depicted as a dark, gloomy space but the actual park stuns with jaw-dropping contrasts of white landscapes disrupted by blue lagoons. After treading across the magnificent dessert, slide through the hills to dip into the aquatic oases scattered along the area. A trip here is straight out of a dream—if only Gamora’s death was only an imagination too.
Barreirinhas, State of Maranhao 65590-000, Brazil
Getting to Wakanda is easier than you thought! Just head on over to Chattahoochee Hills Eventing (also known as Bouckaert Farms) in Atlanta’s Chattahoochee Hill country, where the epic war between Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Wakandan’s, the Black Order, and Thanos’ army of Outriders was filmed. With 18,000 acres of rolling pastures, lakes, and woodlands, as well as charming horse shows, the urban farm will make you forget the surprising turn of events that happened during the battle in the fictional African country.
9945 Browns Lake Road, Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, USA
As you see the majestic Banaue Rice Terraces, you’ll understand why Thanos chooses the farm life after wiping out half of the universe. A National Cultural Treasure of the Philippines, the impressive feat of agriculture features handmade rice paddies sustained by an elaborate irrigation system that was created by local farmers to solve the problem of growing produce on weirdly-angled land. Watch yourself smiling gloriously as Thanos does—hopefully devoid of deviousness—as you wonder at the glorious UNESCO World Heritage site at Sunrise Viewpoint, where local Igorots (native tribe of the Ifugao province) greet you warmly with handcrafted wood carvings.
Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao-Mountain Province Road, Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines
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