When Marvel Studios and its fans call their hit superhero film franchise the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that term has quite the literal meaning to it. While it started with a strictly earthbound story in Iron Man (2008), the introduction of Thor (2011) opened the door to a wider fictional setting.
After everybody’s favorite God of Thunder, the MCU went further along, with the Guardians of the Galaxy, and even the Avengers during Infinity War. A redditor named sirvante70 thought it’d be nice to compile a good composite showing all the inhabited and potentially habitable worlds visited during the MCU. To that, we make this list, including a brief on each of the planets/realms in turn.
Since IRON MAN
- Earth – center of the MCU storyline, where most Marvel super heroes are located
- Asgard – home of the Asgardians, regarded as Gods by ancient man; destroyed by Surtur in Thor Ragnarok
- Jotunheim – home of the Frost Giants who once sought to conquer the Nine Realms; nearly destroyed by Loki
Since GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
- Conjunction (prequel comic) – where Gamora was contacted by the Collector regarding the Power Stone
- Praxius IX (prequel comic) – alleged location of Infinity Stone of Power; investigated by Nebula
- Xandar – capital of the Nova Empire and Nova Corps HQ; allegedly destroyed by Thanos to claim the Power Stone
Since GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2
- Aakon – a planet seeded by Ego; almost destroyed but saved by Ego’s death
- Contraxia – ice world with settlements that are favored hangouts of the Ravagers; Stakar Ogdor finds Yondu Undonta here
- Ego – the true form of the same-named Celestial, father to Star-Lord; was killed by his son
- Sovereign – home of the Sovereign Race who hired the Guardians for a job and pursued them due to theft
Since THOR RAGNAROK
- Sakaar – artificial world ruled by the Grandmaster, major location of the movie’s events
- Muspelheim – realm of the Fire Demons ruled by Surtur, setting of the movie’s prologue
- Niflheim – ice world prison of Odin’s rebellious daughter Hel, where she is trapped as long as Odin lives
Since AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
- Titan – home planet of Thanos; rendered uninhabited after he destroyed his race for disregarding his view of universal balance
- Vormir – hiding place of the Soul Stone, watched over by the cursed Red Skull; Thanos claims the Stone by sacrificing Gamora
Not included is Svartalfheim, the Dark Elf homeworld seen in Thor: The Dark World (2013).