Tom Hiddleston, Robert Downey Jr and Chris Hemsworth support cancer-stricken Avengers fan

Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Samuel L Jackson are also among the stars fulfilling the wish of comic book fan Stratford Caldecott who has terminal prostate cancer

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Tom Hiddleston, Robert Downey Jr and Chris Hemsworth support cancer-stricken Avengers fan
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The Avengers have Assembled for comic book fan Stratford Caldecott 

The 60-year-old has been diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer and was unable to see the latest film Captain America: Winter Soldier in the cinema. With its August DVD release three months away, his daughter Sofie took to social media to help boost her father's spirits and persuade Marvel to send an early copy to his home. 

The internet soon mobilised and Marvel agreed to arrange a special screening for Stratford. But that wasn't all...

On her blog, Sofie also set out her intention to "tweet the Avengers actors and see if they will take a picture of themselves holding a sign saying ‘Captain America/Thor/Iron Man [insert name of character here] for Strat!’ so that we can surprise him with their messages of support and encouragement.”

The film's cast didn't disappoint, with the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans and Samuel L Jackson all sending their support via the social networking site, accompanied by the hashtag #CapForStrat.