The superheroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have stepped up in the real world to make one man's remaining life a little more bearable.
According to Movies.com, it all started when a woman named Sophie Caldecott learned that her dad, Stratford, who was suffering from prostate cancer, was given only around 12 weeks to live by doctors.
Hoping that the Avengers could provide some cheer for her dad -- a huge Marvel fan -- in the time he had left, Sophie posted the following on her personal blog:
"We’re going to try and get in touch with Marvel to ask if they can fulfill 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."
Sophie's message got out into the world via Twitter, and soon enough got a response. Captain America: The Winter Soldier screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely made arrangements to have a copy of the movie sent to Stratford, and as for the Avengers -- most of whom were busy shooting Age of Ultron -- several of them responded in a big way, with some help from their little brothers and sisters on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Check out the photos below, read more about Sophie's quest here, and follow the story on Twitter via the hashtag #CapForStrat.
It's nice to know that the people who play superheroes in the movies or on TV can be heroic in real life as well, and make a fellow human being's final days just a little brighter.