Eight-year-old Illie stole the hearts of the nation at the Captain Marvel Premiere last week!
Dressed in a red, blue and gold suit and microphone in hand, Illie stood on the red carpet and interviewed the stars of the film. Brie Larson, asked her mini-me “Are you running the carpet tonight?” It’s safe to say she definitely was.
We partnered with Disney for the release of their first female led Marvel film and surprised eight-year-old Illie with tickets to the premiere and the chance to meet her real life superheroes.
So who is Illie and why was she chosen?
With a post on Facebook to say we were on the hunt for a young marvel superfan, Illie was nominated by Bucky, the brightly-coloured, bubbly life-long Marvel fan, who also happens to be the only female comic book store owner in the UK.
Just like Bucky, Illie’s love of comics started when she was very young and both were introduced to the comic world by their dads.
Dimi, Illie’s amazing mum, shared with us about the recent passing of Illie’s dad, Matt, in 2017. Matt and Dimi both loved superheroes and passed this love onto their two young children.
Marvel is a favourite in their house, which was obvious when we first visited with posters and figurines to be seen everywhere. Dimi told us that Illie was always really excited about the Marvel movies and was hooked from the first one she saw, despite being so young.
“What Illie loves most about superheroes is the strength of the characters and that their back stories often show them as normal people. For her there is a special connection, as many of the superheroes don’t have a parent, which is something she is going through at the moment.”
Both Matt and Dimi encouraged Illie to believe in her own strength. They wanted Illie to know that she can be anything she wants to be and do whatever she wants to do.