A campaign originating on Reddit asked for a terminally ill Marvel fan to get an early screening of Avengers 4, and now it appears to have worked. While happy endings are commonplace in Hollywood films, sadly, real life often doesn’t end stories so pleasantly. Sometimes the bad guys win, sometimes the innocent get punished, and sometimes people die far before their time. As Thanos says in Avengers: Infinity War, reality is often disappointing. But sometimes, small victories can happen, and it’s important to appreciate them.
Last weekend, a 33-year-old man using the handle Alexander Q posted to the Marvel Studios subreddit in an attempt to try and figure out a way to get an early screening of Avengers 4, or as it’s now officially titled, Avengers: Endgame. Alexander suffers from a rare genetic disease called Fanconi Anemia, and is currently battling liver cancer, mouth cancer, and bone marrow failure. He doubts he’ll survive long enough to see the MCU’s phase 3 capper in theaters, and it would mean a lot to him to see how the story Marvel Studios has been telling for the past decade wraps up.
In a heartwarming display, Alexander’s fellow Redditors quickly rallied around his cause, launching the #Avengers4Alexander social media campaign, which quickly spread around the internet. Now, in an update to his original Reddit posting, Alexander revealed that Disney has contacted him, and they’re currently discussing options as far as facilitating an early Avengers 4 screening. His full post, beginning with the original explanation of his condition, can be seen below.