13+ Fun Georgia Attractions and Filming Locations for Marvel Fans to Visit
There’s no shortage of fun things to do in Georgia. And for Marvel fans, there are some especially cool attractions to check out! With so many of the Disney+ series and latest Marvel movies filming in the state, fans can visit numerous filming spots. In fact, the filming locations for many of the Marvel movies are actually historic sites, state parks, and other popular Georgia attractions that are easy, and even free, to visit.
It all began when Marvel Studios first worked with Pinewood Studios (now Trilith Studios) in Fayetteville, Georgia. The first project was the 2011 film Captain America: The First Avenger. And by 2023, the studio had become the grounds for more than ten Marvel movies and more than five Marvel television series!
From Loki to Black Panther to 2022’s She-Hulk, if you’re looking for a great way to spend a day or two in the peach state, be sure to include these six spots on your list.
Marvel Filming Locations You Can Visit in Georgia
Atlanta Marriott Marquis (Loki)
The lobby of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis is the ideal location for the Time Variance Authority elevator and Grand Lobby in the Loki TV series. The vast area and stunning architecture perfectly represent the expansive TVA headquarters unbounded by space and time. It is also used in Spider-Man: Homecoming in the scene where the Vulture is diving down.
High Museum of Art (Black Panther and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier)
This Midtown museum is used twice in the MCU movies. It is used as the “Museum of Great Britain” in Black Panther. It is also used as the “Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum” in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, where the shield is presented as a gift.
Atlanta’s High Museum of Art is also used in a number of other films and television series outside the MCU. For instance, it was also the exterior of Chastain Park Memorial Hospital in the FOX series, The Resident.
Porsche Experience Center (Avengers Headquarters)
The Porsche Experience Center, just south of Atlanta – neighboring Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, serves as the Avengers Headquarters in several MCU movies. The location was first used in Captain America: Civil War and had a fictional upstate New York address of 890 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan. The main feature of the facility is the Porsche test track. However, it also has a restaurant and a visitor center.
The Gulch (Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain America: Civil War, and Black Panther)
The Gulch is one of the more noteworthy locations for Marvel movies, as it has often been used for on-location filming. The area, which neighbors Atlanta’s Castleberry Hill neighborhood, sits at ground level, with streets around it elevated so that traffic could more easily flow above the railroad lines passing through Downtown Atlanta in the early 20th century.
This location is one of Atlanta’s most-used locations for filming. For instance, one of The Gulch’s most notable scenes was in Captain America: Civil War, where the location was used for the battle scene in the Nigerian city of Lagos.
It’s also been used multiple times in The Walking Dead as well as in Netflix’s Stranger Things, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, and FOX’s The Gifted.
Georgia Renaissance Fairgrounds (Loki)
When Loki was first assigned to work with Mobius, he attended the 1985 Renaissance Fair in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. This filming location is actually the home to the annual Georgia Renaissance Festival in Fairburn, Georgia.
For those looking to visit the festival in 2023, it comes to life every Saturday, Sunday (and Memorial Day), April 15 through June 4, 2023.
Historic Downtown Cartersville (Spider-Man: Homecoming and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2)
Two Marvel blockbusters featured the charming town of Cartersville in significant scenes. In the Spider-Man film, the historic depot and the town’s Wall Street were featured as backgrounds. And in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the town served as the location for Ego’s attempted destruction of the planet.
Other Notable Locations Used in Filming Marvel Movies
In filming the Cold War scenes in X-Men: First Class, where the missile launch must be stopped, the beaches of Jekyll Island were used. The scenes took place on either of the three best beaches of the island – Driftwood Beach, St. Andrews Beach, or Glory Beach.
In Avengers: Infinity War, Atlanta’s Walton Street was the filming location for the Avengers’ battle with the Children of Thanos in the streets of New York. And in another scene, the walk at Central Park actually took place in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park, also in Atlanta.
Other Notable Movies and TV Shows Filmed in Georgia
Aside from the MCU films, plenty of other blockbusters have also been filmed in Georgia. The majority of the filming locations from The Hunger Games were in Georgia. The Tribute Quarters and President Snow’s mansion (Atlanta’s Swan House) were set up in the Atlanta metro area. Numerous classics you might not realize were also filmed in Georgia, like Forrest Gump, Fried Green Tomatoes, In the Heat of the Night, and Deliverance.
As far as TV shows go, The Walking Dead was filmed almost entirely in a small Georgia town called Senoia. Stranger Things, which is set in the small Indiana town of Hawkins, was also filmed mostly in Georgia. And another Netflix series, Ozark, also came to completion in the Peach State.
Tourist Attractions in Georgia
There are a number of additional spots worth exploring around Atlanta, including the Georgia Aquarium, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the World of Coca-Cola.
But if you’re more outdoorsy, there are also some great locations outside the city as well, including Sweetwater Creek State Park, which is great for hiking. You can also visit Stone Mountain Park and explore its more than 3,200 acres of outdoor fun.
Pine Mountain, which is a little over an hour southwest of Atlanta, is known as the gateway to Callaway Gardens. And if you love beautiful gardens, you might also want to visit the Atlanta Botanical Garden and North Georgia’s Rock City Gardens at Lookout Mountain.
Tourist Attractions in South Georgia
There’s also Okefenokee Swamp Park, about four hours south of Atlanta in Waycross, Georgia. The location has somewhere in the neighborhood of 12,000 alligators and is also home to a number of threatened and endangered species, including the red-cockaded woodpecker, wood storks, and indigo snakes – just to name a few.
About three and half hours southeast of Atlanta is the coastal city of Savannah, Georgia. Its Historic District is filled with museums, restaurants, park squares, monuments, restored architectural structures, and boutiques. Numerous films have called the city home, including 2022’s The Menu and Devotion, The Exorcist reboot (which releases in October 2023), and 2019’s Ford v Ferrari – just to name a few.
Marvel fanatics will certainly have plenty of places to visit and things to do in Georgia. Make sure to plan your itinerary well to make the most of your stay!