"I’ve always been a listener, which can make it really hard to feel included. Whenever I’m working in a group, it seems like the outspoken people are always the ones who get acknowledged. Even if I do more work."
Sofie Caldecott mobilized the actors who play Earth’s Mightiest Heroes through social media to help bolster the spirits of her father, Stratford — a comic book fan in Britain who is dying of cancer.
The older Caldecott was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in 2011 and his condition has deteriorated to the point where he’s been unable to see “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” in theaters.
His daughter says that doctors believe he has just 12 weeks left to live — well short of the movie’s DVD release date in August.
So she took matters into her own hands to convince Marvel Studios to arrange for a copy of the film to be sent to his own home.
"Dad is about to face the biggest challenge of his life. Death is the greatest, most frightening adventure of them all," Sofie Caldecott wrote on her blog."He is one of the good guys, worthy of superhero status himself. As Agent Coulson would say, it’s time to call for back up — let’s give him the sendoff he deserves."
She also posted a photo from her dad’s 60th birthday party in November, a comic themed bash in which the smiling fanboy is seen dressed as Iron Man alter ego Tony Stark, complete with a glowing Arc reactor in his chest. Within a few days of her call to arms on social media under the hashtag “#CapForStrat,” just about every star in the Marvel cinematic universe responded.
Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk) joined the fray first, but was soon joined in the cause. Among the other do-gooders: Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Chris Evans (Captain America), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson), Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. regulars Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennett, Brett Dalton and Elizabeth Henstridge. (x)