Editor’s note: Sadly, the young fan who brought the Avengers together has passed away since the original publication date of this article. Our thoughts are with his family. 

The Avengers might be the most popular superheroes of all time, but some of the actors who play them in the eponymous Marvel film franchise do incredible things in real life too — like helping a dying child get his last wish.

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After journalist Shannon Bream sent out a plea on Twitter asking for help to connect with one Avenger to fulfill a sick child’s dream, a bevy of A-list superheroes quickly got in touch with her to help.

The tweet – which has now amassed over 34,000 retweets and 39,000 likes – was accompanied by a prayer, according to Fox News @ Night host Shannon Bream. Not knowing anyone connected to the blockbuster franchise, she turned to Twitter, and the Twitterverse delivered.

Public figures such as Meghan McCain and Greta Van Susteren immediately responded, as did CNN’s Jake Tapper, who managed to reach the first Avenger needed to help put a smile on 11-year-old Emilio’s face.

After that, the superheroes started piling in. Thor: Ragnarok actor Zachary Levi, Captain America’s Chris Evans, Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds, and Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Chloe Bennet were among the first to reach out to to the Fox anchor to help the cause.

Paul Bettany of the Avengers and Iron Man also helped out, joined by Benedict Wong and Jeremy Renner.

Several of the celebrities’ video messages have already made their way to Emilio, with more on the way. Bream learned about Emilio’s story from his uncle, whom she met several weeks ago on a plane.

Emilio’s uncle asked her for help fulfilling the dying boy’s last wish – getting a shoutout from an Avenger. Thanks to the Twitterverse and the generosity of some of the biggest names in the movie business, Emilio will get an entire barrage of superhero greetings.


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