Terminally ill Marvel superfan catches attention of Chris Hemsworth, gets an early screening of 'Avengers: Endgame'
Alexander, who says he is used to the trolls on the internet, was glad to see this side of humanity, where a whole community came together to make his dream come true.
An Australian man, who is only known by his first name Alexander, posted an earnest desire on Reddit to see ‘Avengers: Endgame’ as soon as he can, way ahead of its scheduled release on April 26, 2019.
The 33-year-old revealed on the Marvel studios subreddit that he was battling liver cancer, mouth cancer, and bone marrow failure, and one of the things he was most looking forward to in the last few months of his life is to watch the upcoming Marvel flick.
Although he had hoped to hold on till April, his deteriorating condition led him to believe that it may be an unrealistic expectation. His appeal on Reddit, which was shared under the title 'Dying Before April: My Endgame’ on January 5, read, “Liver cancer, mouth cancer, bone marrow failure. Will probably be dead before April. I've heard of people getting early screenings before. 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.”
Revealing that he would leave behind a “devoted girlfriend and an adopted greyhound,” he turned to those reading the post to make suggestions in order to make his dream come true.
Soon enough, “Avengers4Alexander” started trending online. Over this period, he updated the post, at one point claiming that he received messages from people hinting that “Marvel higher-ups are aware of me and are preparing something” and joking that he now feels obligated to die before the movie’s actual release date.
God of Thunder too joined in on the mission, thanks to the fact that Australia is a “small place.” Alexander claims that he knows a guy, who knows a guy, who is “chums with Chris Hemsworth.”
Disney, which owns Marvel, reached out to Alexander to "discuss option."
“I cried when I read their email. It's everything I hoped for and I owe it to all of you,” the Aussie penned.
A man will get his dying wish fulfilled.— Anuj Godase (@dahelmetguy) January 19, 2019
Thanks to the beautiful internet.
10 years back this wouldn't have been possible. This is some good stuff that we have achieved.https://t.co/xacO9U6KKc#avengers4alexander#avengersforalexander#AvengersEndGame #10yearchallenge
Alexander, who says he is used to the trolls on the internet, was glad to see this side of humanity, where a whole community came to together to make his dream come true.
"I don't know what the outcome will be but this has been amazing. If it doesn't pan out don't sweat it - I'll carry your kind words with me and that's worth far more," he said.
He also revealed that even though many people have reached out to him, offering financial support, he is not in need of it. “I've told them that money isn't my problem, just time. Instead, I'd like to direct you to donate money for research into my genetic disease, Fanconi Anemia,” he wrote.