Last year I teased you with a tidbit that I had the privilege of visiting the set of Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL, while I was in California last April attending the World Premiere Red Carpet for AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. With the film’s release tomorrow (March 8), I can FINALLY give you the details!
Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom.
Captain Marvel Set Visit
I can’t even begin to tell you just how awesome it was to experience this set visit. Most of the filming of CAPTAIN MARVEL took place in California. Not only did we get to actually walk around on set, but we explored the large sets created specifically for the film, handled props, saw the original costumes used in the film, met the talent (Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Directors Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden, and Reggie the cat), and watched a scene being filmed with Executive Producer Jonathan Schwartz (as you can see in the photo above)!
One of the highlights of our visit was checking out the costumes and props! Trailers were filled with costumes for each character, strategically labeled, and organized to a tee! From Nick Fury’s and Agent Coulson’s multiple suits to Carol Danvers’ 90s ripped jeans and band tees, to Vers’ Starforce uniforms, I was simply in awe of all the multiple pieces it takes to put together just one costume.
As for the props, it’s not every day you get your hands on Kree and Skrulls blasters and weapons. Property Master Drew Petrotta allowed us to check out and handle actual props used in the film! We even go our hands on the Tesseract! Yes, the Space Stone itself!
For those familiar with the shape-shifting Skrulls from the comics, you’ll know that that they often use “energy weapons”, usually in the form of photon torpedoes and blasters. I’ll have to play the “Spot the Blaster” when I see CAPTAIN MARVEL, trying to figure out which ones I was able to hold during my set visit!
Walking was nothing short of amazing. See these huge, detailed sets, that bring the movies to life, just left me in awe. “Boarding” an alien ship, we found ourselves in the exact same halls as the Special Forces Team Starforce.
Want to guess what the walls are actually built from? FOAM! Like a Styrofoam. Who would have guessed?
While exploring, it wasn’t long before we came upon the Mind Fracker, the mind-altering machine that we see the Kree use on Carol Danvers in the CAPTAIN MARVEL trailer.
And let me tell you, when they turn this thing on… it hurts!
Okay, not really. But clearly from the trailer, I realized we were definitely using it wrong. Thanks a lot gravity.
At one point in our tour, we walked over to another sound stage to see an actual scene being filmed! In this particular scene, Danvers and Fury are in the cockpit of the jet with Goose. It was quite an experience to stand behind Executive Producer Jonathan Schwartz, as he observed the directors interact with the talent.
Speaking of directors… did you know that Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden are the first married couple to direct a Marvel Studios film? Actually, Boden is the first female to direct a Marvel Studios film! Talk a Girl Power / HERo kind of movie!
Not only did we briefly get to meet the directors, but also Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson took a break in their scene to chat with us. Did you know that Brie Larson is actually allergic to cats? If she didn’t have to touch Goose in a scene, sometimes a stuffed cat or CGI was used.
And speaking of cats…
We also met Reggie, the cat, who plays Goose in the film! Actually Reggie is just one of the four, yes 4, cats that play Goose in CAPTAIN MARVEL.
We had such a great time on the set of CAPTAIN MARVEL! I can’t wait for you all to see the film, which is out tomorrow, March 8!! Order your tickets today!
Captain Marvel Trailer
While I attended an expense paid trip by Disney to Los Angeles, all opinions are 100% my own.