The 2019 movie “Captain Marvel” was filmed in Louisiana, New York and Southern California. Early in the film, Carol Danvers, played by Brie Larson, crash lands on Earth in the mid-90s, busting through the roof of a Blockbuster Video. This was filmed at a largely abandoned shopping plaza in North Hollywood sometimes referred to as the Valley Plaza. The same plaza was featured heavily in the Nicolas Winding Refn TV series “Too Old To Die Young.”
LOCATION: 6321 Laurel Canyon Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606 (this is facing away from the street and the door number says 221)
Here is the wreckage of the inside of the building, which is still painted in the Blockbuster colors.
Carol makes her way over to “The Slow Club,” where she uses a payphone. Nick Fury meets her here. The same property also serves as “The Lone Drifter” in “Too Old To Die Young.” Both establishments were fictional and the actual building has long been vacant.
LOCATION: 2124 Sylvan St, North Hollywood, CA 91606
Here is a view of where the payphone was located, which was of course a prop for the film. The wall was covered in 90s music posters.
A Skrull suddenly opens fire on Carol from atop this roof.
LOCATION: 6255 Laurel Canyon Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606
Carol runs down the sidewalk in pursuit as the Skrull feels across the roof of the same building.
Carol steals a man’s bike at this plaza.
LOCATION: 1402 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
She turns out of the plaza and rides down Valencia Street on the bike.
The 2008 film “Iron Man” famously launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is regarded not only as one of the finest Marvel films, but one of the best superhero films ever made. Early in the film, Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey, Jr., demonstrates his latest weapon, the “Jericho” missile. Supposedly set in the Kunar Province of Afghanistan, these scenes were actually filmed at Alabama Hills in Lone Pine, California. Many classic western films have also filmed there over the years, along with more recent films, such as Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” and “Gladiator.”
LOCATION: Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, CA 93545
Tony’s iconic Malibu house doesn’t actually exist, it is rather a CGI creation. However, the land where it’s located is very much real. Point Dume in Malibu is a public park that is thankfully devoid of any homes. Instead there is a foot trail and biking path which leads to a beautiful ocean view. The closest actual home, located directly across the street, is the “Circles on the Point” mansion, another property frequently featured in film and television productions, such as “Color Of Night,” “Glow” and more. The CGI design of the Stark home is rumored to have been inspired by another mansion; the The Razor House in La Jolla (9826 La Jolla Farms Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037), near San Diego. The gated access and high cliff walls do not make for convenient photography of the Razor House, however.
LOCATION: Point Dume, Cliffside Dr / Birdview Ave, Malibu, CA 90265
More CGI trickery was used with the Stark Industries building. The main building is the Masimo headquarters, formerly known as the Nikken Building, in Irvine. However, the wider shot is a composite of other streets and buildings, including portions of Shoreline Drive in Long Beach. The Masimo building has been used in many other productions, including “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” “You, Me And Dupree” and “All About Steve.”
LOCATION: 52 Discovery, Irvine, CA 92618
Tony attends a charity ball at the Walt Disney Concert Hall near downtown Los Angeles. The unmistakable design is the work of legendary architect Frank Gehry.
LOCATION: 111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tony first conceives the Iron Man suit after he is captured by terrorists. Once he escapes and builds the suit, he returns to do battle with the Gulmira terrorists. The bombed out ruins where he makes short work of his enemies was actually a set located on the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch in Santa Clarita. As is always the case with movie ranches, the sets are often changed around to meet the needs of the latest productions, but several portions of the Iron Man set still remain recognizable.
LOCATION: 20019 Blue Cloud Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91390
Some additional views of the area where Iron Man battles the terrorists.
Here is the spot where Iron Man blows up the tank and walks away, as famously featured in the film’s trailer. It was dressed heavily by the production to look more war-torn.
In 2019, the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles held a limited exhibition called “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy,” which featured Tony’s 1932 Ford Flathead Roadster from the film.
LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Not far from Alabama Hills in Lone Pine is the excellent Lone Pine Film History Museum. Props and memorabilia from the many films shot in Lone Pine can be found there, with their primary focus on classic westerns. They even have a small section of the museum dedicated to Iron Man. Here are some of the items on display.
LOCATION: 701 S Main St, Lone Pine, CA 93545
Some merchandise promoting the film.
Some posters and prop recreations.
This is the suit worn by Robert Downey, Jr. during his “Jericho” missile scenes, filmed in Lone Pine.