Captain America Motivates The World’s Youngest Avenger
Remember that article we posted entitled, Story of a Five Year Old Avenger, Meeting The Avengers? Last May, we were lucky enough to run a story about young Edison getting to meet some of the cast and crew on The Avengers film. The picture of Edison with Chris Evans (Captain America) and atop Tom Hiddleston’s (Loki) shoulders, swept across the Internet and was really well received. To this day, the g33kWatch site still gets tons of traffic with visitors learning about Edison’s incredible story.
It’s been many months since that story ran, and we stayed in touch with Edison’s father Erin to see how things were going. Erin, his wife Jill, and Edison have all been amazed at just how popular the story proved to be. The entire family knows just how lucky they have been, and have been very happy to see just how much our visitors have enjoyed the story. I can say with absolutely certainty, that they have read each and every comment and have been been overwhelmed by the positive reaction.
If Edison’s story ended there, that would have been a once in a lifetime experience that any person, young or old, would be lucky to have. Last week though we got an update from Erin, and I’m happy to report that the story does not end. Down below is an update from Erin, talking about some more good fortune for Edison.
Also, don’t forget that Erin has finished directing, writing and filming the magnificent web series CASTERS. Go check it out and watch it!
As pictures of Edison on Tom Hiddleston’s shoulders and posing with Chris Evans continue to make the rounds on the Internet, via various memes, tweets and websites, I thought it would be good to give an update about the after effects of the original story.
Shortly after the article appeared on g33kWatch, I received an email from one Lisa Evans.
Yes. Lisa Evans, aka Chris Evans’ mom.
She spoke kindly about Edison and Jill and talked about her own memories of that day on the set of The Avengers. She also extended the offer to get what we were unable to at Comic Con — Chris Evans’ signature. I appreciated the offer but didn’t want to seem pushy so I never really followed up with her on that.
A few months later, as we were packing up our house to move across country, I found Edison’s Captain America shield. It was now more battered, bruised and scratched up since that fateful day in September. I asked him if he would want to have Chris Evans autograph the shield. Edison said “yes.”
I worked out details with Lisa and prepared to mail the shield, along with one of the pictures I had found online of Chris and Edison. Edison also took the time to draw a picture that he thought would maybe make a good plot for a future Marvel movie. He drew a picture of Captain America and Hulk fighting against Red Skull. I’d pay to see that.
My wife headed out West to set up our new home while we remained in New York to finish up packing and moving. One day, she called me up, excited with something that had shown up in the mail. We weren’t going to tell Edison about it until he and I arrived a few weeks later. So, sure enough, Edison and I fly out to California, and walk in to our new family home. Jill was very excited as we entered Edison’s new bedroom. There on the wall were three framed items: Edison’s original shield, a picture of Captain America himself and ‘lil Cap, and a brand new shield!
The new shield was signed “To Edison — Here’s a new one from my collection!!” The picture read, “Thanks for the drawing.” Finally, the original, beat-up shield had what may be the best message for a young kid to hear from one of their heroes; “Dream big!” Every morning when he gets up, Edison gets to see these awesome gifts, and read that amazing message that will hopefully inspire him to do great things. My hope is that if he ever comes up against an obstacle or something that seems to hard, he can remember what Captain America told him to do.
If Captain America tells you to dream big, well, then I guess the only option is to succeed. Thank you Chris Evans, and a HUGE thank you to Lisa for making this happen. You will forever have three fans in this house.
- Erin Gould