Stars of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War visit children’s hospitals in NY and LA!

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Marvel Studios, Marvel Studios: Hero Acts is donating $1.25 million to provide transformative experiences to strengthen the lives of children impacted by serious illness. The grant will provide $800,000 to Make-A-Wish® to grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses around the world, and $450,000 to Starlight Children’s Foundation to help bring joy and comfort to children in hospitals.

Chris Evans and Tom Holland, stars of Marvel Studios’ blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War, celebrated the announcement with special screenings of the film at New York’s Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai in The Child Life Zone and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

The grants to both Make-A-Wish and Starlight Children’s Foundation are a part of Disney’s Team of Heroes commitment to reimagine the patient and family experience in and out of children’s hospitals.

Over the past decade, Marvel Studios has been an integral part of The Walt Disney Company’s relationship with Make-A-Wish America and Make-A-Wish International, hosting wish kids on film sets and at events around the world. Nine Make-A-Wish kids attended the April 23rd world premiere of Avengers: Infinity War in Los Angeles. And in December 2017, Marvel Studios and Make-A-Wish joined forces to grant the biggest set-visit wish ever, with 21 kids visiting the Atlanta, Georgia, set of the 2019 untitled Avengers film.

Starlight Children’s Foundation will use the grant to produce more than 26,000 Starlight Gowns – the charity’s revolutionary new colorful and comfortable children’s hospital gowns – featuring artwork inspired by the suits of eight favorite Marvel Super Heroes. Marvel products and a custom Avengers-themed comic will also be added to the Disney hospital care packages that will be delivered to more than 440 children’s hospitals in the U.S. Additionally, earlier this year, Marvel Studios’ talent banded together for a social media challenge and raised $250,000 for Starlight as part of the Marvel Universe Unites campaign.

“We are proud to donate to Make-A-Wish and Starlight Children’s Foundation,” says Kevin Feige, President, Marvel Studios. “It is an honor to make a meaningful contribution to these two organizations that continually strive to enhance the lives of seriously ill children.”

“Wishes are an important part of a child’s medical care. They can have super power-like effects building the physical and emotional strength kids need to fight a critical illness,” says Jon Stettner, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish International.” David Williams, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America, adds, “Thanks to the support of Marvel Studios, more kids around the world will replace fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope through the experience of a wish-come-true.”

“Every kid dreams of transforming into their favorite Marvel super hero – and a hospitalized child is no different,” says Chris Helfrich, CEO, Starlight Children’s Foundation. “Thanks to the generous support of Marvel Studios and The Walt Disney Company, tens of thousands of children in hospitals across the country will now have the opportunity to be transformed into Spider-Man, Iron Man, Black Panther and other amazing super heroes with their very own Marvel Super Hero Starlight Gown.”

Strengthening the lives of children with serious illness is a focus area of The Walt Disney Company’s social responsibility efforts. Disney is dedicated to delivering comfort, inspiration and opportunity to children and families around the world. In March, Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced an innovative five-year plan to dedicate more than $100 million in cash and resources to reinvent the patient and family experience in children’s hospitals.

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See Black Widow and Captain America gather the team against Thanos on April 27!

Avengers Assemble! After a Civil War, a Ragnarok, and the fight for Wakanda—Marvel’s mightiest heroes are coming back together for a fight of galactic proportions. Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings together the original team and more to unite and battle against the Mad Titan himself, Thanos.

Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) and Chris Evans (Captain America) talked with us during a set visit last summer about what it was like to rejoin the fragmented squad and how their characters are moving forward as a team despite their differences.

When we last saw Steve Rogers, he was at odds with Tony Stark, but Evans feels like both characters are ready to move on and get the job done, “I don’t think either one of us are ones to hold grudges. We operate very binary, utilitarian approach to most things we do, and I don’t think we let emotion dictate our reality. It’s been a couple years so I think we both—to some degree, not moved on—but maybe buried some things.”

Director Joe Russo, Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Director Anthony Russo

As “Infinity War” begins—dare we say it—is Cap broken at this point? “I kind of went rogue a little bit. But again, it’s in his nature to be of service, and to some degree, in order to maintain sanity, he had to function within a system. That’s how his brain works; there has to be some kind of functioning factory that he can operate within.” Having lost his shield, even Cap’s suit is showing signs of exhaustion. Alone and without protection, Evans knows Cap leaned on Widow, “He’s been running these missions, answering to nobody, really. It really is the sign of a broken person. But yeah, that’s the wear and tear.”

The breaking point during the end of “Captain America: Civil War” was a hard one to bear but Cap had an ally in Widow, and Johansson explained their mutual desire for duty, “Between the events of ‘Civil War’ and now, Steve and Natasha have been together, that’s how we imagined it. They’ve kind of been sort of flying under the radar but still taking care of business in the way that they know how to do. They sort of have a seamless communication between them.”

Having been fighting away from the main group, Johnasson explained how Cap and Widow are more hardened, “When you are working underground for such a long time and you don’t have—not that they need to have any sort of back-patting or recognition exactly—but when you’re sort of fighting for something that you know is important but is not being really recognized or supported by a larger organization or even society as a whole, it takes a certain toll, and you can get feelings about it in a way. That’s kind of where we find them.”

Director Joe Russo, Director Anthony Russo and Scarlet Johansson (Black Widow) on set

A disillusioned Cap is something Black Widow can relate to. Evans sees that Natasha has already walked a similar line, “Every single movie, he learns a little bit more that the world isn’t the way he kind of wants it to be, and that’s why there’s a connection between him and Black Widow. Black Widow has seen a lot more than he is, and is kind of a little more calloused, and in a lot of ways, he looks up to that and learns from that.”

“First it was kind of the hierarchy of a kind of government structure that fell apart, and then there was a friendship that kind of betrayed him, or abandoned him, I should say, said Evans. Still, he believes  Cap knows there’s a bigger picture, “When those things happen, it’s like a destruction of a belief system to some degree, and you kind of can be a little cold as a result. And you lean on people that have walked familiar paths and there’s no denying that Black Widow has certainly faced a lot of those challenges. He’s compartmentalized it enough to put it as a lower priority than what’s at hand, which is obviously Thanos.”

As the team finally reassembles, emotions will run high. Johansson explains the enormity of the job at hand, “There’s just a lot of people coming together, a lot of universes coming together. In some ways, there’s not a lot of time to have feelings about what’s going on, because we’re facing the greatest threat we ever have, and I mean that in itself is so much.”

“Avengers: Infinity War” is the culmination of the MCU. Evans knows fans won’t be disappointed, and can’t wait for them to see it come together, “It was fun with ‘Avengers,’ bringing all these characters to life, but they weren’t all separate threads of characters that’ve had their own separate adventures. This has ever been done before, where you have so many different franchises coming together to kind of really try to make one stew. Like I said, ‘Avengers’ was pretty ambitious, but this really blows that one out of the water.”

“Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on April 27. Get tickets on Fandango now! Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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