Thor is one of the most popular superheroes in the MCU. Since the first movie was released in 2011, fans have gone crazy over this Asgardian god of thunder, as it was clear that his appearance set the stage for many Marvel projects in the future. Four Thor movies have introduced us to new realms, characters, and blasting effects.
For each movie to bring something special to the table, many different filming locations were used to do so, and in this article, we gathered the filming locations of each movie, so you can find out where were Thor movies filmed – all in one place.
Where was ‘Thor’ filmed?
Thor was the first movie in the MCU that introduced us to the vastness of the universe and where we got the chance to get to know the world of Asgard and its inhabitants for the first time. As we know, Thor is an Asgardian god of thunder who was stripped of his power by his father, Odin, and banished to Earth due to his reckless behavior against the Frost Giants of Jotunheim.
So, the movie’s storyline mostly happens on Asgard or Earth, with a small part being on Jotunheim, and different filming locations were used to depict those places in the best possible way.
Since the ending of Iron Man 2, we knew Thor’s hammer landed in New Mexico, where Phil Coulson headed to find out what was happening. So, logically, New Mexico was also a big part of ‘Thor,’ and most of the Thor movie is filmed in New Mexico and California.
Santa Fe is the capital city of the state of New Mexico. Many of the scenes were filmed there. We all remember when Thor and Dr. Selvig got hammered in a bar chugging boilermakers, right? That scene was filmed in a former strip club called ”Cheeks”, located at 2841 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe.
And, while you can visit ex ”Cheeks” if you’d like, many other filming locations are unavailable for tourists. For example, many scenes were shot on the Cerro Pelon Ranch, 5527 State Highway 41, Lamy, where a huge set was built to pose as the town of Puente Antiguo in the movie. That’s a fictional town where the final battle between Thor and the Destroyer took place, and other scenes were shot there as well.
California and Los Angeles
As for the filming locations in California, there is a popular filming location used for movies and commercials called Mystery Mesa – Agua Dulce Movie Ranch. This location is specifically designed for sets to be constructed, and in ”Thor”, that’s where Mjolnir landed and where all the ”who’s gonna pick the hammer first” competition was happening.
The realms of Asgard and Jotunheim were designed in the studio at Raleigh Studios in Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles, and we have CGI to thank for all the stunning effects and residences, like Bifrost and the Asgardian palace.
Where was ‘Thor: The Dark World’ filmed?
Thor: The Dark World was filmed in the United Kingdom, most notably in London, and some parts were also filmed in Surrey. The scenes which depict the realm of Svartalfheim were shot in Iceland.
In this movie, Thor and the rest of the group must stop Malekith, the leader of the Dark Elves, from using the Aether during Convergence. His goal was to bring all the Nine Realms into eternal darkness where Dark Elves would prosper, and Earth, London-to be precise, became an important part of his plans.
So, London was the main filming location of this movie. But first, let’s not forget Stonehenge, where Dr. Selvig runs around naked and out of his mind with measurement instruments in his hands. Thor: The Dark World shows many parts of London, and we can even see Thor driving in a tube from Charing Cross Station to get to Greenwich.
As for Greenwich, one filming location that stood out the most was Old Royal Naval College.
The rest of the filming locations in London go as follows:
- Blythe House, 23 Blythe Road, West Kensington, London, England, UK – the police station in the movie
- OXO Tower, South Bank, Lambeth, London, England, UK – Jane had a date there, and Darcy interrupted it because of the strange anomalies she discovered regarding Convergence, even if they did not know it at the time
- EMI, Blyth Road, Hayes, Middlesex, England, UK
- Ironmonger Lane, London, England, UK
Surrey was another filming location in the United Kingdom, where a big portion of filming occurred. In Surrey, there is a place called the Bourne Woods. For over 20 years, this woodland has been the filming location of popular movies like Gladiator, Harry Potter, Wonder Woman, and Transformers 3.
Thor: The Dark World was also filmed there, and you can see this place in a movie when Thor, Sif, and the Warriors Three are battling on Vanaheim somewhere in the first part of the movie. Surrey is also rich with filming studios – Shepperton Studios and Longcross Studios were both used for the needs of this movie.
Iceland was also one of the filming locations for this movie, and its landscape was used to depict Svartalfheim, Malekith’s home. The filming location was Landmannalaugar – part of Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the southern part of Iceland’s Highlands. Besides that, we get to see the beautiful Skógafoss Waterfall, which was depicted as a part of Asgard in the movie.
Where was ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ filmed?
Thor: Ragnarok had Thor going places. As Hela was threatening to subject Asgard under her command, and Surtur was ready to fulfill the prophecy of Ragnarok, it’s fair to say that Thor was in some serious problems. And like that wasn’t enough, Odin died, and Sakaar became the place Thor was eager to flee from as soon as possible.
Taika Waititi directed this movie. He is from New Zealand, and most of the movie was filmed in Australia, with some reshoots filmed in Atlanta, Georgia. Now that we know where this movie was filmed let’s look at which locations were used for filming.
Queensland and Brisbane in Australia, and Atlanta, Georgia
Queensland is first, as most of the movie was filmed there. To be even more precise, Village Roadshow Studios in Oxenford was a place where a huge set was built to portray the planet of Sakaar and Asgard. Most of the movie’s storyline occurred in these two places, with a brief journey to Earth to Dr. Strange’s Sanctorum (filmed in Brisbane) and the place of Odin’s death.
It took 36 filming sets to create all of Sakaar and almost four months to create Asgard. The effort and dedication are admirable.
But, besides Village Roadshow Studios, some Queensland landscapes like Mount Tamborine and Cedar Creek Falls were also used for filming locations, most notably for scenes where Heimdal is leading the Asgardians to a safe refuge.
Where was ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ filmed?
Thor: Love and Thunder was the most recent movie released in the Thor franchise, and Taika Waititi also directed this one. Australia became the home of yet another Thor movie, but this time, with Sidney as the main filming location.
This movie was special for all the main actors, not just because of the popularity and high hopes everyone had (the movie eventually failed to meet the expected high standards), but also because their kids were involved in it. Taika Waititi, Natalie Portman, and Christian Bale all had their children playing young Asgardian kids that were abducted by Gorr and eventually saved by Thor. Waiti joked about it and said that it’s just cheaper that way.
For anyone who has seen the movie, it is clear that artificial sets and CGI were at the center of the film-making, but that does not mean that a lot of effort was put into creating all the filming sets. Most of the filming occurred in Disney Studios, Moore Park in Sydney.
Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Taika Waititi gave Entertainment Tour an exclusive tour around the set, which looks awesome. As they walked around the set of New Asgard, it was clear that a lot of time and attention to detail was put into it.
However, not all the scenes were shot in Disney Studios, as some were filmed in Centennial Park and Potts Hill, both in Sidney. Besides Australia, this movie took the filming crew also in Vancouver, Canada.