It's safe to say the Marvel Cinematic Universe would not be where it is today without the irresistible charm of Robert Downey Jr. He's not just the original Marvel Studios superhero; he's also the studio's resident showman and cheerleader, showing up at San Diego Comic-Con to toss roses into the crowd, tell a few jokes and bring his fellow Avengers out onstage. If studio president Kevin Feige is the brain of Marvel Studios, Downey may very well be the heart, and with Avengers: Age of Ultron looming, he's putting all the fan love he's earned over the last seven years to use for charity.
Downey announced today that he's giving fans a chance to win a day of fun for themselves and a friend in Los Angeles, capped off by a trip to the Age of Ultron world premiere. The day will include indoor skydiving, a flight over the Hollywood sign, breakfast at the legendary Randy's Donuts (which you may recognize from Iron Man 2), a custom tuxedo or gown fitting, caviar tasting with Downey himself, and of course, a trip to the premiere in Downey's personal motorcade (because of course he has a motorcade).
So, what do you have to do to earn a shot at this experience, complete with airfare and a stay in a four-star hotel? Just donate to charity.
Downey's running the contest through charity platform Omaze, the same platform J.J. Abrams used to offer a part in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in exchange for charitable donations. To enter, donate $10 or more to the campaign, and you'll be helping the children's hospice charity Julia's House.
Julia’s House is a children’s hospice charity dedicated to helping life-limited children and their families. The nurses and caregivers at Julia’s house provide life-changing support for parents and their children both in the hospice and in their own homes. The majority of those children are unlikely to live beyond the age of 18, but thankfully Julia’s House is there for them year-round, offering emergency respite and overnight care during treatment and offering emotional and practical support at the end of a child’s life.
If you're willing to give more than $10, you've got a shot at all kinds of RDJ-related goodies even if you don't win the premiere trip, including posters, t-shirts and, if you cough up $50,000, a trip to the set of Captain America: Civil War. Even if you don't have that kind of money lying around, though, you can give $10 and get a shot at seeing the biggest superhero movie to date before almost anyone else does.
Check out the video of Downey introducing the contest below, and head HERE to donate and check out all the possible rewards.