Avengers, assemble! Over the past few days, the cast of Marvel’s The Avengers has taken to Twitter to demonstrate their support for a terminal cancer patient’s wish to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Most people wouldn’t have a problem with seeing Marvel’s latest Avengers installment; Stratford Caldecott’s battle with prostate cancer, however, has left him too sick to watch the movie in theaters or to be able to wait for it to come out on Blu-ray. As Caldecott is a big comic book fan, a campaign was launched to get him an early copy of Captain America: The Winter Soldier - resulting in the #CapForStrat initiative.
Caldecott’s daughter Sophie kicked off the campaign by writing about it on her blog.
Dad is a huge comic book fan; he collected them when he was young, and absolutely loves the Marvel films. Throughout his illness he has joked that he’ll hang on just so that he can see the next film release. When The Avengers came out he managed to get to the cinema to see it, and it made him so happy. This Spring he wasn’t well enough to get to the cinema to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the DVD release is set for August, which will probably be too late.
We’re going to try and get in touch with Marvel to ask if they can fulfil dad’s dying wish by sending us a copy of the film for him to watch at home. But I think we can go further than that. We’re also going to tweet the Avengers actors and see if they will take a picture of themselves holding a sign saying ‘Captain America/Thor/Iron Man [insert name of character here] for Strat!’ so that we can surprise him with their messages of support and encouragement.
Dad is about to face the biggest challenge of his life. Death is the greatest, most frightening adventure of them all. He is one of the good guys, worthy of superhero status himself. As Agent Coulson would say, it’s time to call for back up – let’s give him the send off he deserves.
Support poured in for #CapForStrat, with most of The Avengers cast Tweeting their support.
From Chris Evans…
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) May 15, 2014
To RDJ and Chris Hemsworth…
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) May 16, 2014
To Mark Ruffalo…
To Clark Gregg and Chloe Bennet…
— Sophie Caldecott (@SophieCaldecott) May 15, 2014
And Cobie Smulders…
— Cobie Smulders (@CobieSmulders) May 15, 2014
And Jeremy Renner…
— MyHeroIsPaulWalker (@Catie_bear_1) May 15, 2014
And we can’t forget Samuel L. Jackson:
And finally – once again proving that he’s really no Loki in real life – Tom Hiddleston (he actually posted two; I went for the one I thought was more flattering…)
— Tom Hiddleston (@twhiddleston) May 16, 2014
Other cast members of The Avengers franchise – including Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Tweeted their support as well! For a full breakdown, visit Sophie’s blog on the subject.
Happily, the #CapForStrat campaign met its goal and even went viral, and Sophie concluded the campaign with a message of thanks on her blog:
As if we needed any more proof that The Avengers cast is AWESOME, amirite?