A terminally ill fan is granted wish to see 'Avengers: Endgame' early
It's fair to say that Avengers: Infinity War was one of the best Marvel movies ever, and ended on a massive cliffhanger that has left us all desperate to know how our favourite superheroes will ever save the day. Thanos, the Mad Titan, has finally stopped lounging around on his big fancy throne, and come down to Earth to kick some ass, and golly: did he deliver on that promise. Despite the fact that every Avenger, all the Guardians, and the entire nation of Wakanda assembled to fight him, the purple colossus still managed to wipe the floor with them, nab all the infinity stones, and perform his apocalyptic finger snap.
The movie is currently scheduled to be released in theatres on April 26, 2019: but there are plenty of fans out there who literally can't wait that long. After all, this is the grand finale: the culmination of almost 10 years of storytelling and interweaving plotlines. Unfortunately, one MCU superfan was sure he would never see the movie, due to the fact that he had been diagnosed with mouth and liver cancer, and has been given just weeks to live.
The fan, named Alexander, first reached out to Marvel last week in a Reddit post entitled: "Dying Before April: My Endgame." In it, the 33-year-old stated: "Liver cancer, mouth cancer, bone marrow failure. Will probably be dead before April. I've heard of people getting early screenings before. How do I get in on this action?"
He added: "I'm not a child or anyone with a, particularly tragic story. Just a normal guy. I'm 33, lost my sister three years ago to the same rare genetic disease it turns out I have too. I'll leave behind a devoted girlfriend and an adopted greyhound. I thought I'd make it to April at least but my bone marrow is toast. Any suggestions?"
The post received a massive amount of upvotes, and as a result, fans began sharing Alexander's tragic story: contacting the Russo Brothers on his behalf. Some supporters even started a hashtag "#Avengers4Alexander." It was a clear success, and Marvel Studios contracted Alexander not long after, inviting him to an early screening of the movie, so that he can experience the end of the franchise before he dies. In a follow-up post on Twitter, Alexander wrote: "Disney have reached out and we're discussing options. Thank you all so much. This is everything I could have hoped for!"
So there you have it: it turns out real superheroes don't need a magic hammer or spider powers. They just require that innate capacity for kindness and decency that we're all capable of. If you'd like to be a real superhero yourself, then please consider doing Alexander a favour and donate to Fanconi Anemia research. Your donation could save a life, and that's something that any true believer should strive for.