The actors from The Avengers don’t just play heroes onscreen — they’re heroes IRL
Celebrities can seem like an unattainable, separate class of people, with their red carpets and mansions and glamorous lives. It can be hard to remember that underneath their jobs and lifestyles, they’re just humans like the rest of us, and they’re willing to do a good thing when they can.
On Sunday, Fox News reporter Shannon Bream put out a call for help on Twitter, which resulted in several celebrities making our hearts grow three sizes.
“Need your help Twitterverse,” she writes. “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!”
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!
— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) March 25, 2018
Pretty much immediately, people were offering whatever connections they had to the actors in the Avengers franchise.
Let me see what I can do!— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) March 25, 2018
But as the tweet went viral, those connections weren’t even needed. The Avengers themselves started to see it, and they began responding, too — starting with Captain America himself.
Happy to! DM me— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) March 26, 2018
I'm the purple one. DM me.— Paul Bettany (@Paul_Bettany) March 26, 2018
Hello Shannon , please DM . Best B 👨🏾🎤— Benedict Wong (@wongrel) March 26, 2018
What’s his name?— Chloe Bennet (@chloebennet) March 26, 2018
As the tweet got more and more likes and retweets, and more and more attention from the actors of The Avengers, even more onscreen superheroes started to chime in.
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
Even Deadpool himself offered his services.
I’m more of a “Reserve Avenger”. But happy to help. DM me.— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 26, 2018
On Monday night, Bream shared an update, saying the Avengers had come through, and the little boy, Emilio, had already received some messages and had several more on the way. But even though this wish was officially granted, the Avengers kept right on assembling.
Just off work now Suited up and ready— Jeremy Renner (@Renner4Real) March 27, 2018
Emilio more than got his wish, and I’m not crying, you’re crying!
Getting help for kids in need is definitely one thing the internet does best. Remember that story about a little boy who lost his favorite stuffed elephant? His parents eased the pain of the loss by telling him his stuffy was “traveling the world,” and then the internet stepped up and photoshopped the little guy into all kinds of exotic locales, making it look like he was having the time of his life.
And this isn’t the first time a celebrity has stepped up like this, either. Johnny Depp actually regularly dons his Captain Jack Sparrow costume to go visit sick kids in children’s hospitals. He stays fully in character the entire time, which is just as hilarious as you’d imagine it would be.
If this doesn’t give you a little renewed hope in the world, nothing will.