When the "Avengers" assemble, it's usually to fight some evil villain with plans to conquer the world. However, the super hero team recently banded together for a bigger cause.
Comic book fan Stratford Caldecott was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in 2011 and is now in the final stages of the disease. Doctors estimate he has 12 weeks left.
Because of the cancer, Caldecott wasn't able to go to the movie theater to see "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and the DVD release isn't scheduled until August. And by then, his family fears it will be too late.
So Caldecott's daughter, Sophie, decided to take action. She wrote about the situation on her blog and tweeted out to cast members of "The Avengers" asking them to help. And like their super hero alter-egos, they saved the day.
Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) was the first star to post a picture with the hashtag #capforstrat.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) May 14, 2014
And then other "Avengers" stars started posting their own pics.
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) May 15, 2014
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) May 16, 2014
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) May 14, 2014
— Cobie Smulders (@CobieSmulders) May 15, 2014
— Clark Gregg Reporter (@TheCGReporter) May 15, 2014
And then the rest of the Internet jumped in too.
— Madeleine Lawson (@MH_Lawson) May 15, 2014
— Charles Baudelaire (@baudelairious) May 14, 2014
— Jessi Watson (@bowiscute145) May 14, 2014
The Caldecott family has been overwhelmed by the response from the "Avengers" family and strangers all over the world.
"This has all drawn a lot more interest on a global scale than we could ever have expected or imagined...we are eternally grateful for all the support," Sophie wrote on her blog.
There is no word whether Disney/Marvel will fulfill the family's request. However, the family said they're happy that the tweets for their dad could help raise awareness about prostate cancer.