The internet can be a black hole of despair and sadness, but it could also be a force of positivity. Example: a campaign on Reddit has gone viral, making it possible for one terminally ill fan to see Avengers: Endgame before it’s released on April 26.
About a week ago, 33-year-old Alexander Q posted on Reddit about his battle with cancer. “Liver cancer, mouth cancer, bone marrow failure,” Alexander Q wrote. “Lost my sister three years ago to the same rare genetic disease it turns out I have too.”
Needless to say, Alexander’s request touched a lot of people, prompting an online campaign to get Marvel’s attention. And it worked. According to Alexander, someone from Disney reached out to him about seeing Avengers: Endgame months before it hits theaters.
“We did it Reddit!” Alexander said in a recent update. “Disney have reached out and we are discussing options. I cried when I read their email. It’s everything I hope for and I owe it to all of you.”
It’s a heartwarming story and highlights what a positive force the internet—and, in particular, social media—can be. A community came together for a good cause and managed to grant Alexander his dying wish.
This isn’t the first time fans have campaigned to allow someone to see a movie ahead of time. A few years ago, a terminally ill fan got to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens ahead of its release.
Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26, 2019.