Dying boy asks for a Hollywood superhero greeting—you won’t believe how many heed the call

March 29, 2018 3:35 pm Last Updated: March 29, 2018 3:35 pm

Everybody has a bucket list. Whether it’s literally a physical list or just loose ideas in our heads, we all have goals and dreams we would like to accomplish before we pass away.

For many, the top item on that list is meeting one of our heroes.

For adults these heroes are typically celebrities of some sort: actors, athletes, and politicians. Yet children often have a more literal definition of the word, hoping to meet superheroes from movies and comic books.

While meeting someone like that might seem impossible, the power of social media has proven that unfeasible is nothing. Just ask “Fox News @ Night” host Shannon Bream who was able to fulfill a boy’s big superhero wish through Twitter.

After meeting Emilio’s uncle on a plane trip, Bream learned the dying boy loved superheroes.

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When Bream was flying on an airplane earlier this year, she met a man with his fair share of troubles. A few weeks later, he reached out to let her know that his 11-year-old nephew, Emilio, was dying of cancer.

Emilio loved superheroes, particularly Marvel’s Avengers, and hoped to get a personal video message from one of them before he passed. His uncle asked Bream if she had any direct connections to Hollywood.

Unfortunately she didn’t, but she did have a Twitter following of 270,000.

Bream tweeted a request to get in touch with actors from The Avengers, not knowing how it would do.

Soon after, she received a reply from none other than Captain America himself, Chris Evans.

Evans was quickly followed by Paul Bettany (who plays Vision), Benedict Wong (Wong), and Don Cheadle (War Machine).


Even actors outside of The Avengers playing superheroes for other franchises reached out telling Bream they’d be happy to send a message.  These included Ryan Reynolds (of the Deadpool series), Chloe Bennet (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D), and Zachary Levi (Thor).

FoxNews.com reported that the first batch of videos has already been sent but there are several more on the way including videos from Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) and Paul Rudd (Ant-Man).

While these actors might not be able to pick up cars or shoot lasers in real life, their celebrity status gives them powers which, true to their hero nature, they’re using to help those in need. If that’s not super, we wonder what is!