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The most famous, infamous, and forgotten Marvel vacation spots

Wish you were here - Marvel's top vacation spots

Savage Land
Image credit: Marvel Comics

For most, being a superhero isn't a job - it's a calling, an adventure, or a hobby that has overtaken their lives. Even superheroes need to take a vacation, though, and they have in the world of Marvel. But where does a hero go who wants to get away from his own personal House of Ideas, and how are vacation spots Marvel-ized in the world Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, and countless others created?

In this week's Famous, Infamous, and Forgotten, we dive into Marvel vacation spots. We're not talking about the real-life attractions at Disney Parks, Universal Studios parks, and elsewhere - we're talking about the vacation spots in the worlds of Marvel Comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

This is the latest topic in Popverse's new weekly series Famous, Infamous, and Forgotten - a vigorous, opinionated, and intense look at one specific corner in the pop culture realm we inhabit to pick out the most famous version of it all, the most infamous version of it all, and the most forgotten version of it all.

And now, into the Marvel vacation scrapbook:

The famous Marvel vacation spot: The Savage Land

Imagine, a part of the world untouched by the ravages of time or that massive asteroid which killed off the dinosaurs eons ago. In Marvel's comic book universe, it actually exists - hidden in a special area of Antarctica, and its called the Savage Land. First seen in the early 1940s, the Savage Land flourished as a frequent spot for the X-Men to visit, be kidnapped, vacation, and base themselves in the 1960s. It is a tropical preserve with dinosaurs, pre-historical mammals, and even humanity's ancestors, the Man-Ape, all living with one another.

The Savage Land has had its share of adventure, turmoil, and tragedy, and been home to such heroes as Ka-Zar and Shanna the She-Devil, Moon Boy and Devil Dinosaur, and others. For a time, the X-Men had a vacation home here, and whenever there's a Marvel Swimsuit Special (as happened many times in the 1990s), inevitably the heroes (and a few villains) would be found lounging and playing here.

And yes, it exists in the MCU as well, somewhere - it's seen in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness as Strange America Chavez fall through several universes.

The infamous Marvel vacation spot: T.A.H.I.T.I.

For years, the MCU's Agent Coulson said he didn't die but was spending time in Tahiti, which he repeatedly called "a magical place." As it turns out in later episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., he indeed did die but was resurrected in a top-secret S.H.I.E.L.D. program called Project T.A.H.I.T.I. (Terrestrialized Alien Host Integrative Tissue I). In this program, S.H.I.E.L.D. harvested organs and other parts from a Kree corpse to have as a possible means of saving an Avengers life should they get in mortal danger.

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Chris Arrant

Chris Arrant: Chris Arrant is the Popverse's Editor-in-Chief. He has written about pop culture for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel, Newsarama, CBR, and more. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. (He/him)


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