April 24th (two days earlier) : After queueing from early Sunday morning to get a wristband for Tuesday's premiere, I eventually got to the front of the queue after some two hours, and was given a choice of wristband corresponding to one of four parts of the ground floor shown on a map. I pointed at the second floor and asked the people handing out the wristbands "what about upstairs?" because that's where I was last year for Age of Ultron, and that pretty much ROCKED.
But... no wristbands for ustairs, they responded. So my plan would be : show up early on Tuesday and head upstairs. Also, because I trust that people are generally either wrong (or evil), just to be on the safe side, I grabbed one for downstairs anyway. In a shitty pen in a shitty position, mind you....
April 25th (one day before premiere)
April 26. I returned to Westfield with one ambition : get a balcony spot. Somehow. Whether by asking politely, whining politely, appealing to the better nature of security personnel, or perhaps doing what one of my friends had cleverly done : find somebody with an upstairs wristband who wanted to trade for a downtairs wristband.
How did that work out for me?
Funny you should ask....
And then, after having spent some seven (?) or eight (?) hours stationary but for a brief lunch trip in order to safeguard my hard fought-for-and-won spot... it finally began. (woo!)
NB. The reason both this journal and the premiere it's based upon is so lengthy is because although we've been going for over an hour, the two biggest names (going off the movie poster, not the screams and implausible offerings of Sebastian Stan fans) have not yet arrived ....
So... that was the end of a rather epic premiere. Usually they last for 45mins to an hour, this one clocked in at two hours. Usually I spend about 3hrs waiting, today I spent 9hours. Usually, I get a wristband to the pen I want, this time i had to negotiate and pray. And usually I don't crack 5000 photos taken at an event. But at this one.... pretty much did it.
I guess I'll watch the movie : Marvel hasn't seriously let me down yet. But for now, I'm getting some well-deserved sleep, after which I'll look at this journal and wonder who the sleep deprived drunkard responsible for writing this was...... and I might even find the motivation to go through the photos fully and put together an all-black-and-white alternative journal with no commentary and different photos. Just because:
And it's yet another entry for The Archive of Movie premires, joining the pantheon of fine Marvel events incuding:
Thor - Hemsorth! Hiddleston! Branagh!
The Avengers - Johansson! RDJ! Hiddleston! Gregg! Hemsworth!
Iron Man 3 - RDJ! Cheadle! Kinglsey! Shane Black!
Thor The Dark World - Hemsworth! Hiddleston! Portman! Whedon!
Captain America The Winter Soldier - Evans! Stan! Russos! Johansson!
Guardians of the Galaxy - Pratt! Saldana! Bautista! Diesel!
Avengers Age of Ultron - Whedon! RDJ! Renner! Evans! Johansson!
Ant-Man - Rudd! Douglas!
Until next time!