Sophie Caldecott’s dad Stratford has terminal prostate cancer and she sought out the help of Marvel Comics to bring some joy to his remaining time on earth.

Sophie writes:

Dad is a huge comic book fan; he collected them when he was young, and absolutely loves the Marvel films. Throughout his illness he has joked that he’ll hang on just so that he can see the next film release. When The Avengers came out he managed to get to the cinema to see it, and it made him so happy. This Spring he wasn’t well enough to get to the cinema to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the DVD release is set for August, which will probably be too late.

We’re going to try and get in touch with Marvel to ask if they can fulfil 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.

The Avengers assembled in support of Strat.

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Go Renner!

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“The Agents of Shield” and even a super villain stepped up to support Strat.

And a lot of generous non-super heroes.

Marvel will be providing Strat with a copy of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” to view at home.

Excelsior!

(hat tip @SpaceRacer423)