Over the last few days the hashtag #CapForStrat has been all over Twitter, and the reason for the hashtag is a story of one man’s love of Marvel, and one daughter’s true love for her father.
For anyone who doesn’t know about it, here’s a rundown. A British man Stratford Caldecott, has been a fan of Marvel since before most of us were born. He is currently suffering from terminal prostate cancer, and was too ill to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier in the cinemas and will probably not be around when the DVD is released in August. His beautiful daughter, Sophie decided to try and see if Marvel would send her a copy of The Winter Soldier early to allow her dad to see the movie in what are realistically his last few weeks of life.
She realised that social media was the way to get Marvel to take notice of her, so the #CapForStrat campaign was born. The idea was a simple one; take a picture of yourself holding a piece of paper. The piece of paper had to simply say [name of your favourite character] for Strat and include #CapforStrat. Sophie hoped that she could get Marvel fans of the world to support her cause, and she did hope that maybe The Avengers would notice. And BOY did they notice.
So far the Marvel actors who have sent their support for the #CapForStrat campaign include Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L Jackson, Chris Evans (well it was all for Captain America after all), and as of this morning Tom Hiddleston joined the campaign. Check out the gallery below of all the Marvel actors who have shown us once again just what wonderful people they are. We can now happily report that Robert Downey Jr and Chris Hemsworth have now joined the party thanks to the awesome power of Iron Man, although we think there might be some role reversal going on.
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) May 16, 2014
It wasn’t just the Marvel actors who did this, as you can also see many normal people out in the Twitter world showed their support for the Caldecott family, and mission accomplished. Strat will be getting his screening of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. As well as bringing her own family story to light, Sophie has also brought recognition for Prostate Cancer, which is a silent killer of many men over the age of 50. Please visit Prostate Cancer UK or Prostate Cancer Foundation for information or to make a donation.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Caldecott family at this sad time.