Captain America Motivates The World’s Youngest Avenger

Edison with Chris Evans (Captain America)

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!

This is what Edison wakes up to each morningAs 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.

Edison should be a story writer!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.

This is quite a shield upgrade for Edison!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.

Dream Big!Dream Big

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

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Joseph Valenti

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  2. I am Jack’s green-eyed jealousy.

  3. Just when you think this story can’t get any sweeter…

    Thanks for the update!

  4. This is just the Best!! I had the same fun meeting my Fav Stars, and then getting to share with my own children later…I served in the military partly because of…Captain America! (love him!), and I got to share a passion for comic-books w/ my now-adult sons…!!..I lived very near a movie studio in Spain growing up and got to meet a few stars and be an extra…so much fun!! Great story, and THX for sharing it!!

  5. This is lovely. This reminds me so much of a story from a couple of years ago that went on the internet. This isn’t the first time Chris has been kind to a little kid and I doubt if it’s the last!

  6. This is just the sweetest !! My son is 8 and a BIG Captain America fan, its so nice to know that his hero is not just character but a real person with a hero’s heart. Bravo Mr Evans.

  7. Hi, My name is Liv Wisely, and I am proud to be, hopefully, one of Edison’s friends. We are in a production together, and when he told me this story, I am sorry to say that I was in a state of a little disbelief. Once I read up and saw this with my own eyes, I am proud to be a friend of this celebrity, and I make sure to wear a bit of avengers swag every day in an effort to let my nerdyness shine. Edison is an intelligent, funny, quick witted kid, and an excellent dancer. He will go very far someday, and I hope I’ll get to keep in touch with him.

    P.S. I swear to gosh if he meets Daniel Craig next I’ll ask for HIS autograph.

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