As you may recall, back in January Marvel Studios stars Chris Pratt and Chris Evans made a little bet over the result of Super Bowl XLIX, which pitted Pratt's Seattle Seahawks against Evans' New England Patriots. The bet was relatively simple: If the Patriots won, Pratt would visit a Boston children's charity in costume as Star-Lord, and if the Seahawks won, Evans would get in his Captain America gear and visit a Seattle children's charity.
Well, the Patriots took the Super Bowl trophy, and last month Pratt made good on his word and visited Christopher's Haven -- a charity providing housing to pediatric cancer patients and their families -- in full Star-Lord costume. Evans came along too, and the day brought a lot of smiles to a lot of families. These guys are superheroes, though, so the bet didn't actually end there. After the Super Bowl ended, Evans announced that even though he'd won the wager, he'd still be visiting Pratt's charity of choice -- Seattle Children's Hospital -- as Captain America. After all the joy that came from Star-Lord's visit to Boston, we couldn't wait to see this unfold, and on Saturday it did.
According to a representative from Seattle Children's, speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Evans and Pratt requested the hospital not let any media know about the visit ahead of time, so the focus could be on the patients and their families. Plenty of photos were taken during the visit, though, so we get to see all the fun everyone had. According to the Seattle Children's Twitter feed, Disney let Evans' Cap costume out of storage, complete with shield, just for the occasion, and Marvel donated superhero toys -- including toy shields and Star-Lord action figures -- to the patients. Most importantly, though, Evans and Pratt took the time to do this, and gave some happiness to kids whose lives are far from normal. Among them was 14-year-old Tyler Gower, who's been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. His mother, Allison, spoke about the importance of the visit.
"It gave Tyler five minutes of happiness. This situation will never be normal, but their visit helped make us feel special."
I've said this before, but it's worth repeating here: It's really easy to talk about superhero movies in a cynical, maximum-box-office way, and it's equally easy to nerd out and focus on the minutiae of these characters and their long, twisted backstories. But sometimes it's worth remembering that, to kids everywhere, superheroes are in some way or another very real, and they have a very real impact, even if that impact is just a momentary smile. Sure, that sounds sappy, but superheroes really do matter in a fundamental way to a lot of people, especially children, and it's nice that Pratt and Evans not only realize that but are willing to go out of their way to use that power for good.
Check out more photos from the event, all courtesy of Seattle Children's Hospital, below.