Stratford Coldecott (pictured above replete with Stark chest arc reactor) is a lifelong comic book lover and Marvel fanatic. He’s the kind of guy you would see and chat to at any great Comic Con or movie event and realise he was the real geek deal. At 60 years of age he has seen the growth of Marvel across all the comic book ‘ages’, now of course very much a fan of the Marvel cinematic universe.
In October 2011 Stratford was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, and the disease has progressed to the stage that he has been given weeks to live. But being the staunch superhero fan he didn’t want to succumb to his illness without having first seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier; a film that he was too ill to see at the cinema, and whose home video release may be too long to wait.
With this in mind Stratford’s daughter Sophie took to the internet and reached out to Marvel, to see if they could send a copy of the film for him to watch at home. What happened next is proof that heroes do exist.
The Avengers Assembled to show their support of Stratford’s wishes. Behold.
Sufficed to say this immense outpouring of support went a long way to seeing the wish become a reality, and Marvel indeed agreed to arrange a private screening of The Winter Soldier in Stratford’s home.
In response to this Sophie said:
“When we started out on Monday evening, all we wanted to do was to make it possible for my father to see ‘The Winter Soldier’ and maybe to get a few superhero selfies to make him chuckle. In under 48 hours our mission was accomplished, and then … we kind of went viral.”
Though the circumstances surrounding the outcome carry a weight of sadness, this is a truly fantastic happening. It makes me proud to be a film geek. The power of cinema is so immeasurable, and I only hope that The Winter Soldier lives up to Stratford’s hopes.
As a final note Sophie again took to the web to say:
I don’t think anything more needs saying.