The Avengers are among the most popular superheroes in the world today, and filmgoers are eager for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to continue on the big screen with Captain America: Civil War in 2016. At the clear center of that popularity is the film and character that started it all - Iron Man.
Robert Downey Jr., the man who portrays Iron Man, aka Tony Stark, on the big screen has legions of fans in all age groups. Recently, the father of one such fan, a very special little boy suffering from Cystic Fibrosis, reached out to Robert Downey Jr. on Instagram - and the surprising reply he got once again proved that Tony Stark does, in fact, have a heart.
Robert Downey Jr. responded to an Instagram post from a father whose son Daniel has Cystic Fibrosis. The post shows a picture of Daniel and explains what a hard time he is having with bullies at school teasing him about his condition. He counters their insults by telling them that his chest ports are just like Tony Stark’s arc reactor. The Instagram post requests a simple comment or message from Downey just to brighten the spirits of Daniel while he’s in the hospital for his latest stint, after a child at school recently told him that all children with Cystic Fibrosis die.
Never one to go small, Robert Downey Jr. responded in kind via his official Instagram:
Mr. Stark here. This is for Daniel (@envy_coatings) who was having a rough day recently. When I’m in the dumps, I’ve found this little getup to be helpful. P.S. Would you like to come to the LA premiere of Captain America: Civil War as my guest? If so, have your people call my people. All the best.
Mr. Stark no doubt brightened the young man’s day with the playful response of a picture of Downey in a Winnie the Pooh Tigger costume and an invite to join him for the Los Angeles Captain America: Civil War premiere!
This isn’t the first time that Robert Downey Jr. has reached out to a child as his alter-ego Tony Stark, either. This past March he personally delivered a 3D printed prosthetic arm to a very delighted and surprised 7-year-old boy named Alex, courtesy of the Microsoft OneNote team's Collective Project. The innovative arm was a special red and gold Iron Man armor-themed design, as the project was tasked with creating lightweight and affordable artificial limbs. Alex was a huge Iron Man fan - and to have Tony Stark himself deliver the arm was his dream come true.
As for Civil War - the upcoming movie directed by the Russo Brothers (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) pits two factions of Marvel heroes against each other, divided over the topic of the government registration of superheroes. The teams will be led by Iron Man and Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), respectively, and promises to start Phase 3 of the MCU on a strong note.
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.
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