8:12pm PT by Ryan Parker
Marvel Cinematic Universe Assembles for Dying Child Following Twitter Plea
They don't just play heroes on the big screen.
After Fox News personality Shannon Bream on Sunday sent a request out via social media in the hopes of connecting a dying child with one of the actors who make up Marvel's Avengers, an outpouring from the Marvel Cinematic Universe occurred.
"Need your help Twitterverse — trying to help a young boy who is dying," Bream said. "He probably has just days and all he want is a greeting from one of the Avengers. If you have a celeb connection, please let me know. Otherwise, could you help out with a RT? Thank you in advance!"
Her post got a big response right off the bat, retweeted more than 10,000 times with numerous people tagging various actors from the Marvel films in the hopes one would notice.
Well, they did.
Both Chris Evans (Captain America) and Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) were among the first Marvel actors who said they would be happy to connect with the young man.
"I’m more of a 'Reserve Avenger.' But happy to help," Reynolds said.
Both actors have spent time with young fans who suffered from serious medical conditions in the past.
By Tuesday, Bream shared that an overwhelming number of actors who make up the MCU either made videos for the young man or would be making a video in the near future.
"Videos from Paul Rudd (Ant Man), Paul Bettany (Vision), Chris Evans, Don Cheadle (War Machine), Benedict Wong (Wong), Zachary Levi (Fandral) and more! Videos now in the works: Chloe Bennett (Daisy Johnson), Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson), Elisabeth Olson (Scarlet Witch), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner) - and hopefully Tom Holland (Spider-Man), Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) - very kind souls all," she said.
She added, "Thank you, EVERYONE! Major progress has been made because of you. A special assist coming in from @jaketapper. I guess Twitter can be full of love when someone really needs it," Bream wrote.
Videos from Paul Rudd, Paul Bettany, Chris Evans, Don Cheadle, Benedict Wong, Zachary Levi and more! Videos now in the works: Chloe Bennett, Clark Gregg, Elisabeth Olson, Mark Ruffalo - and hopefully Tom Holland, Ryan Reynolds and Jeremy Renner - very kind souls all. https://t.co/mkxKjpqWQ2— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) March 28, 2018
On Wednesday, Bream shared the news that the young fan had died. "Twitterverse, young Emilio has lost his fight," she wrote. "Thank you to the thousands who pitched in so that he could hear from some of his heroes in his last days. You lit up his hospital room and blessed his family. Emilio's simple request launched an avalanche of goodness and miracles."
4:34 p.m. PT Updated with news of the fan's death