The cast of The Avengers, along with other Marvel characters, have joined forces on Twitter to help a terminally ill cancer patient receive a DVD copy of Captain America: The Winter Soldier ahead of its August release. Actors including Robert Downey Jr and Chris Hemsworth tweeted pictures of themselves holding signs and using the hashtag #CapforStrat – in aid of a UK Marvel comics fan, Stratford Caldecott, who was too ill to see the Captain America film when it was released in cinemas. The fan’s daughter, Sophie Caldecott, started the online campaign early last week to encourage Marvel to send a copy of the DVD to her father before it is released in stores. She approached the actors on Twitter who began talking selfies and showing their support.
Caldecott took to her blog to reveal the news that Marvel has offered to screen the film at home for her father.“Well, this has been an adventure and a half," she posted on Friday. When we started out on Monday evening, all we wanted to do was to make it possible for my father to see The Winter Soldier and maybe to get a few superhero selfies to make him chuckle. In under 48 hours our mission was accomplished, and then… we kind of went viral.”— Tom Hiddleston (@twhiddleston) May 16, 2014