Let's talk about some real-life superheroes: as in, the actors who portray The Avengers on-screen. Most of The Avengers cast assembled to grant a terminal cancer-patient's wish. This story is heartwarming, and it really shows that celebs can pull through to help someone with a mission.
U.K. jounalist Sophie Lippiatt, who goes by the pen name Sophie Caldecott, had posted on her blog that her father, Stratford Caldecott, knew that he only had about three months left to live, as he had been battling prostate cancer. He wanted more than anything to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but was far too ill to go to a movie theater, and knew he'd pass before the Blu-Ray version was available to purchase. So his daughter had a solution: she launched the #CapForStrat initiative, in which she requested:
We’re going to try and get in touch with Marvel to ask if they can fulfill 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.
And through enough tweets that brought #CapForStrat to a trending status, the Avengers soon got the message, and the results are beyond heartwarming:
And most of the Avengers, in fact, did assemble. Then Cadecott got everyday heroes to join the #CapForStrat mission. Caldecott then posted this message to her blog:
So The Avengers teamed to fight something bigger than anything that could ever appear in a comic book — and they're definitely real life heroes.