Captain America himself, Chris Evans, invited a bullied teen from Tennessee to the Avengers: Infinity War premiere in Los Angeles next year, following his emotional video that went viral on social media this weekend.
Arguably the most-anticipated film of 2018, Infinity War is the first half of MCU's crowning jewel project, with the other half, Avengers 4, not due until 2019. Dubbed the culmination of everything that has transpired thus far in the massive superhero franchise, it gathers all pockets of the shared cinematic series for the long-teased battle against mad titan Thanos, as the villain attempts to collect the six Infinity Gems and use them to execute his villainous plans. Riding on 10 years of storytelling through more than a dozen films, it's not a surprise that both diehards and casual fans alike are invested in the upcoming ensemble flick.
Evans reached out to the teen - whose name is Keaton Jones - via his official Twitter account, following the teen's heartfelt mini-rant about kids in his school making fun of him. “Why do they bully, what’s the point of it? People that are different don’t need to be criticized about it, it’s not their fault. But if you are made fun of, don’t let it bother you. stay strong, I guess. It’s hard. But, it’ll probably get better one day,” he tearfully asked his mother.
Little did Jones know then that the clip would eventually reach the actor's radar, and better yet, that Evans would actually do something in response. Fans will remember that Steve Rogers himself was a bullied teen prior to being given the super soldier serum that would transform him into Captain America. Despite all that, he maintained a good heart and fierce determination, so it's very apt to see Evans taking a stand against bullying by making this lovely gesture toward the young gentleman. You can check out his personal invite below:
Stay strong, Keaton. Don’t let them make you turn cold. I promise it gets better. While those punks at your school are deciding what kind of people they want to be in this world, how would you and your mom like to come to the Avengers premiere in LA next year? https://t.co/s1QwCQ3toi
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) December 10, 2017
While not quite as active on social media as his Avengers co-star Mark Ruffalo, Evans has been using Twitter for quite some time now as a platform to both express his political and social views and interact with fans. Still, this is the first time that he has personally extended an invitation like this in the six years he's been playing Captain America. He has, however, participated in plenty of other charity events, including those spearheaded by co-star Robert Downey, Jr.
Marvel seems to be in the mood for giving out free premiere passes right now, as this follows studio chief Kevin Feige's surprising invitation to the Black Panther premiere for a fan who was the first in line to see the Marvel panel at Brazil's Comic-Con Experience event. At this point, one only needs an invite to be given out for Ant-Man And The Wasp's premiere - perhaps from Paul Rudd or Evangeline Lily - to give all of the MCU's 2018 premieres at least one VIP fan guest. Since the movie won't be out until July, there is still plenty of time for that to happen.
Source: Chris Evans
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- The Avengers 4 / Untitled Avengers Movie (2019) release date: May 03, 2019
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018