Sometimes the internet is a marvelous place. Marvel and DC stars proved just how great they are and how much they value their fans when a simple request was made on Twitter to help out a young Avengers fan who only has a few days to live. Fox News @ Night host Shannon Bream recently tweeted out a plea for a young boy who simply wanted to receive a greeting from an Avenger as a dying wish.
Bream's tweet quickly went viral, with over 21 thousand retweets, 23 thousand 'likes' and hundreds of replies with many people tagging their favourite celebrity in hopes of drawing more attention to the cause. With Avengers: Infinity War set to open next month as one of the most anticipated films of the year, it's no surprise that people were eager to see the stars of the movie help out when needed. The Avengers did assemble, as did some other non-Avengers superheroes - when they promptly responded to Bream's request, drawing big cheers from across the Twitterverse.
The news host sent out her request, reading "Need your help Twitterverse - trying to help a young boy who is dying. He probably has just days and all he want is a greeting from one of the Avengers. If you have a celeb connection, please let me know. Otherwise, could you help out with a RT? Thank you in advance!" It wasn't long before fellow journalists and celebrities responded. Calling himself a 'Reserve Avenger,' Deadpool 2 star Ryan Reynolds was quick to offer up a message for the young boy, as was Captain America himself, Chris Evans. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Chloe Bennet was also quick to chime in, asking for the boy's name, while Avengers: Infinity War star Paul Bettany also offered to help out. DC's Shazam! actor Zachary Levi even offered up his own superhero powers, offering to send a video impersonating any or all of Marvel's most famous Chrises.
I’m more of a “Reserve Avenger”. But happy to help. DM me.— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 26, 2018
Happy to! DM me— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) March 26, 2018
What’s his name?— Chloe Bennet (@chloebennet) March 26, 2018
I'm the purple one. DM me.— Paul Bettany (@Paul_Bettany) March 26, 2018
I’m not technically an Avenger, but I’d be happy to record a video for the little man and do my best impressions of @ChrisEvans @prattprattpratt @chrishemsworth or any other Chris if necessary. 🙏 Where can I/we send these messages, and what’s his name?! https://t.co/jBTOepXzOf— Zachary Levi (@ZacharyLevi) March 26, 2018
Bream went on to reveal the young boy's name was Emilio before tweeting her thanks to all who helped rally around this young boy, including CNN anchor Jake Tapper: "Thank you, EVERYONE! Major progress has been made because of you. A special assist coming in from
@jaketapper," she wrote.
It shouldn't come as any surprise that the Marvel/DC community was so quick to respond to Bream's request. It's only been a few hours since her initial tweet, so we won't be surprised if we hear from more of the stars of this summer's most anticipated movie by the end of the day. Those in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have always been extremely generous with their time, especially when it comes to spending it with their youngest fans.
Spider-Man himself, Tom Holland has been known to bring smiles to the faces of sick kids. The actor surprised kids at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles last summer when she showed up in full Spidey costume to meet and greet fans and just spend time with the patients. Just last month, Ryan Reynolds shared pictures from the set of Deadpool 2 where kids involved in the Make A Wish Foundation and its Canadian counterpart, Children’s Wish Foundation, got to visit and hang out with the 'Reserve Avenger'. Back in 2016, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston similarly paid a visit to a children's hospital in Brisbane, Australia, bringing toys for the kids, hanging out, and simply putting a smile on everyone's face. Chris Pratt is well known for making appearances at various children's hospitals (as is Chris Evans), and Robert Downey Jr has often gone out of his way to help young fans.
While they may only play superheroes on the big screen, it's clear all these actors are superheroes in real life, too. Bream was overwhelmed by the response to her tweet, replying with "Exaaaaaaactly!" after one follower wrote, "It's making me cry how so many people are trying to help. Theres still hope for the world." Here's hoping Emilio's spirits are lifted when he sees all the amazing messages coming his way. As Bream wrote following the outpouring of support, "I guess Twitter can be full of love when someone really needs it."
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