I'm not much of a follower of comics (perhaps I'm even not using the appropriate term for it), but I have seen the Doctor Strange film and some of Iron Fist - both creations of Marvel.

Now, in both story arcs, there's a hidden city, which looks generally middle-Asia-ish, and is hidden/difficult to access: Three permanent portals for Kamar-Taj, and a once-in-every-several-years portal for K'un-Lun. In both these cities, a monastic order trains people in martial arts and/or some kind of magic or magical knowledge.

How do these two relate? Are they supposedly in the same universe? Just a "aesthetic inconsistency" between the two stories? Something more complicated?

I'm asking about the comics and the movies/TV series (I realize there are different "versions" of the universe for both media).

  • Kamar taj and K'un L'un are astral plane neighbours
    – Shreedhar
    Feb 28, 2018 at 19:28
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    Damn, I really hoped this was about Homeworld: Cataclysm
    – Petersaber
    Feb 28, 2018 at 19:37

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In the comics they are totally unrelated.

Kamar-Taj is "simply" a real world place located on the Himalayan mountains.

K'un-Lun instead is one of the Seven Capital Cities of Heaven, which are seven alien ships/alien worlds/realms in an alternate reality/cities hidden all around the world, depending on which source material you refer to.

  • But they have a very similar narrative function... you're saying that nothing and nobody has discussed their sort-of-redundancy?
    – einpoklum
    Feb 28, 2018 at 23:21

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