Secret Lair, NYC: Mapping Marvel’s Heroes and Villains

A good friend of mine once asked me what the main difference was between Marvel and DC comics.

Not wanting to completely nerd out on her, I highlighted the great distinction that the DC Universe has fantasy urban spaces, Gotham, Metropolis, Star City etc.

daredevil highline park

Matt Murdock aka Daredevil in the Highline Park of Manhattan

Meanwhile the Marvel Universe is situated in our own utterly realistic geography: the X-men now in San Francisco were based just north of New York City in the Hudson Valley, and as the map below shows, from Daredevil (above), to the Avengers to Captain America’s Brooklyn apartment so much of the Marvel U is not so hard to plot in the varied neighborhoods of New York.

So lets have a look, shall we?

Marvel Heroes NYC locations map

Now this is a fairly old map, but I still think it illustrates the spatial dimension of the Marvel Universe rather well, giving us a sense of the proximity of the Fantastic Four’s “Baxter Building” HQ, of Avengers’ Tower, and all the rest of it, and where they are in relation to frequent sites of battle and intrigue such as Times Square, the Empire State building, and all them bridges that connect Jersey and all the boroughs of my native islands.

Anyone wanna help me make an updated Marvel Comics Map of New York City?!

How ’bout THEM big apples?
Sunshine Superboy


2 Responses to “Secret Lair, NYC: Mapping Marvel’s Heroes and Villains”

  1. When I was a much much younger lad I used to have a book called the “Atlas of Fantasy” which your blog is currently reminding me of. I wonder if you ever heard of it.

    It seems up your alley.

  2. Kaleberg Says:

    I think it would be a great idea, but I’m not up on much of the Marvel canon. It’s interesting to contrast the difference between DC with its generic Metropolis and Gotham City as opposed to Marvel with its precise locations in New York City. DC always seemed to be going for the “all American” while Marvel always had a bit of New York attitude, and it showed. Of course, Stan Lee’s latest comment towards the end of the new Avengers movie was appropriate, “Superheroes in New York City, that’s ridiculous.”

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