Avengers assemble take 2: Real life heroes
by Sophie Caldecott
So in less than 24 hours the number of tweets and retweets we’ve had for mission #CapForStrat has been amazing, and I’ve been truly overwhelmed with your support – thank you so much! Through the wonders of the six degrees of separation phenomenon (though we have found it to be less than six degrees) that social media is so good at facilitating, our message has got through to the people at Disney and Marvel, and we’re waiting to hear back about whether they’ll be able to help us make it possible for dad to see The Winter Soldier before he dies. I know that they get plenty of requests like this all the time, and it must be impossible to answer them all, so I am very grateful that they are even considering the options for us here. Thank you so very much to everyone who tweeted, emailed, and otherwise found us ways of getting our message through successfully. The Caldecott family are beyond grateful, and we’ll let you know how it turns out. We still haven’t mentioned any of this to dad, because we don’t want to get his hopes up if it doesn’t come off, and it would be so much fun to surprise him with it. If any of you wonderful people still have energy left for this, it would be fantastic if you could now keep targeting the Marvel actors asking them to take a picture like the one I did, above, but with their character’s name where I have the brackets. Perhaps you could either tweet (or instagram) my picture, or take your own if you feel like it. In fact, it might have more impact if you take your own ‘Strat selfie’, and tag it #CapForStrat – it would be fun to see a variety of people cheering him on! For the Twitter and Instagram users amongst you, here are some of the actors we’ve found profiles for (they are Avengers heroes and some anti-heroes, too, plus some Agents of SHIELD for good measure!) and are tweeting our request to (I’ve only included ones that have the official blue ‘tick’ by them – I’m sure there are plenty more, so if you find official Twitter accounts do post in the comments below) *UPDATE – I’ve put ‘DONE!’ by the names of the lovely actors who have sent us pictures already and am trying to keep it relatively up-to-date so we can thank them properly and stop pestering them*: Chris Evans (Captain America) DONE! Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man) DONE! Mark Ruffalo (the Hulk) DONE! Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) DONE! Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill) DONE! Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson) DONE! Elizabeth Henstridge (Agent Simmons) DONE! Iain Caestecker (Agent Fitz) Brett Dalton (Agent Grant Ward) DONE! Chloe Bennet (Skye) DONE! Ming-Na Wen (Agent May) DONE! Tom Hiddleston (Loki) DONE! Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter) Sebastian Stan (Bucky) Anthony Mackie (Falcon) Hawkeye – not on Twitter that I can see, but DONE (thanks to the wonderful Mark Ruffalo, I think!) And the remaining Avengers we can’t find official social media profiles for: Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) Thor (Chris Hemsworth) DONE! To the Marvel actors, if you’re reading this: if you could do this simple but amazing thing for us, I’ll be able to stick prints of your pictures of support by dad’s bed, so that as he goes through the pain and fear of the next few weeks/months he’ll be able to feel like he has his favourite superheroes and comic book characters arrayed around him to help him fight through the darkest moments.
Yours in gratitude,