I can finally tell you guys wanted happened on set! Captain Marvel has been out for a week and I know some of you probably haven’t seen it yet, so I won’t be giving out big spoilers so don’t worry! If you haven’t checked out my post about how I got to visit the set and go to the Infinity War Premiere, check out my post about the Marvel 10 Year Sweepstakes! If you have already read it, you are in the right place to hear about everything else that went down that day when we visited the set of Captain Marvel, Disney Studios, and Marvel Studios, so let’s dive in!
We had to wake up pretty early in the morning (around like 6:15) to get ready, put make-up on, and meet the other winners, guests, and representatives from Marvel downstairs in the lobby. As soon as I woke up, I headed over to the window to breathe it all in. The view (like I said in the last post) was absolutely beautiful and breathtaking. After staring out the window for awhile, I finally got my life together and me and my sister headed downstairs to meet up with everyone else after eating breakfast. That day, I wore a black corset-like top, blue jeans, with vans and a diamond choker, with my hair tied back.
It took maybe 30-45 mins to get to the set from what I can remember. It was really nice seeing the different parts of LA as we drove past different neighborhoods and stores. On the van, they made everyone sign a non-disclosure agreement to not talk about anything we saw on set before the movie came out and told us we wouldn’t get the pictures we would take on set until the movie came out. When we finally got to Sony Pictures, they took our IDs and made visitor passes for us.
Because we had to sign a non-disclosure agreement, we couldn’t have our phones out. So, instead of taking our phones, they gave us this little green pouch to put our phones in and locked it (they did the same thing at the movie premiere) and unlocked it before we leave. The first place they took us was to the trailer that had all the costumes in it. We saw Carol Danvers’ (Brie Larson) costume, all the costumes for the younger versions of her, Nick Fury’s (Samuel L. Jackson) costume, Agent Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) costume, etc. I was so happy because I got to try on part of Brie Larson’s costume! It was an arm piece from her green and black costume and it was very very heavy. I might be exaggerating just a bit, but I can only imagine what the weight of the rest of her costume felt like if just that one part was weighing down my arm a bit.
From there, we moved on to the actual set. It was a really big area (in a building) with a set inside with what looked like the inside of a space ship. Let me just tell you, I thought I knew how much work got put into building sets, but this completely opened my eyes. There was so much detail that went into it! They let us walk around the “space ship”and we saw long hallways with so much details in the walls and stage lights everywhere. They even let us take pictures where Brie stood during one of the scenes on the space ship.
After taking pictures, we headed to a different set that they were putting together. To this day, even after watching the movie, I’m not sure what scene they used it for. I want to say it was for one of the last couple of scenes (I won’t say what), but it was really cool to see them building it. There was stuff everywhere, you had to really watch where you were going! I believe we met the set designer and a few other important people. The next place we went was probably my favorite part of visiting the set!
We were taken to the set that they were currently filming on with Brie and Samuel. It was a scene where Carol and Fury were on the quinjet! I can’t tell you how many times they filmed that scene. We got to stand behind where they had all the screens set up and watch with the director and producers. We could hear the cat meowing very often when they weren’t using it somewhere in a different room. They let us walk inside and all around the quinjet to get a better view of it and I’m pretty sure they said that it was one of the ones they used on the set of Agents of Shield! Samuel L. Jackson said hi to us and after they were finished filming the scene, Brie said hi and took a picture with us!
The last thing that we did while we were visiting the set was visit the props department. We got to hold many of the props, including weapons and even the tesseract! Let me tell you, those props were not light. Maybe I don’t have a lot of arm strength, but I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person that thought that! All in all, I learned so much visiting an actual movie set. I always wondered when I saw all the people credited in a movie, why they wanted to do that. I always figured everyone wanted to be well-known, but I realized not everyone wants to be in front of the camera. Everyone (even what you think are small jobs) plays a big part in making a movie and you need everyone to play the part, no matter whether they are the ones on the poster or the ones in the credits (I mean they are both in the credits, but you get what I mean, right??).
The next place they took us was to Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA. It definitely took awhile to get there and it seemed really far from everything else, unless I was just so excited that time seemed to be moving slowly. We got through the gates and got our passes, then they took us to get some lunch. I have to say, everywhere I looked at Disney Studios, there were posters and advertisements for Avengers: Infinity War. It was absolutely crazy how every time I saw one, I swear my heart would skip a beat because it was insane that I was going to the premiere of it later that day!
We went on a tour around the lot and they showed us where the magic happens, artifacts from Disney movies kept in a very special place, and how some of the animation for the classical Disney films were made (we couldn’t take pictures of that – top secret). I think one of the coolest things about the tour was seeing the building that looked like it was being held up by the seven dwarfs and getting to hold a real Oscar!
The next stop was to Marvel Studios, which was on the same lot. When we got inside the building and went up the elevator to the floor, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but what I got was definitely NOT AT ALL what I was expecting! First of all, when we stepped off the elevator and I saw the sign for Marvel Studios, I flipped out because this was it! I was finally here.
After loving the Marvel Universe for practically my entire life, I got to be one of the few outsiders that has nothing to do with the film business, walk inside that office and see all the amazing things they had there. They let us look around the lobby area where they had three of the costumes from Infinity War (Captain America, Black Panther, and Black Widow), along with the “Class Picture” of everyone in the Marvel movies or play an important role in making them, three iron man suits, and little sculpture of Thanos, and posters for Ant-Man and the Wasp and Avengers: Infinity War.
I’m not sure what we were all doing, but we were standing in a misshapen circle when it happened. Kevin freaking Feige walked in. If you don’t know who that is, he is the President of Marvel. We were all so surprised that he stopped by to say hi and take pictures with us. It was pretty cool! After, they took us on a tour of the place. There was so much beautiful artwork on the walls of the different heroes and villains of the MCU and artifacts from the movies all over the place. At the time, we could take pictures and videos of everything except one wall. I can now say that it was the wall with Captain Marvel and her cat, Goose. This was one of the many secrets we had to keep. There was so much secrecy over Goose that they didn’t want us even mentioning to anyone that the cat was going to be apart of the movie. If you’ve seen the movie, you can understand why they did that!
They took us into a room and talked about a project that they were working on and asked for our thoughts on it. I’m not sure when they said it would happen, but it would be pretty cool if it happened soon. Anyways, we made our way through the rest of the tour, meeting some of the artwork designers and seeing some more artifacts until we made it back full circle to the lobby. There, they gave us these really big bags full of FREE Infinity War action figures, t-shirts, posters, and a few other things! If you want to see all the stuff they gave us, the artwork on the walls, and the artifacts from many of the Marvel movies, go check out my vlog on Youtube about the entire trip!
Not only did we get a pretty cool parting gift, but they also let us take pictures with Thor’s hammer, Captain America’s shield, and in front of Iron Man’s suits. Thor’s hammer was pretty light (prop, remember?) and I totally felt worthy holding! Captain America’s shield, on the other hand, was way heavier than I expected. But, like I said earlier, maybe it’s because I’m lacking the strength to hold it (*insert crying emoji here*). Everyone took tons of photos and when it was time to go I was sad, but I knew that tonight was going to be magical. Kind of like I’m cinderella going to a ball, but instead of a ball, it’s a movie premiere.
This entire trip was one big journey/dream I didn’t ever want to leave or wake up from. It has changed me so much more than anyone can imagine and I hope that in the future, I will continue to have amazing experiences like this one and continue to see the world through eyes filled with wonder, curiosity, and awe.
If you haven’t read my post about going to the Avengers: Infinity War Premiere, go check it out here! And if you haven’t read my review on Captain Marvel, go check it out here! Also follow me on my Instagram or Twitter at @zoeysxo if you want to continue to read my content or subscribe to my blog to get emails about when I post! I guarantee you that this won’t be the last amazing thing I do. I am, after all, always working on some new adventure…