At some point late in 2014, Rob (having never seen a Marvel movie) made the promise to his boyfriend Eric to watch all TEN (10) movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before the release of the eleventh installment. Eric (being a great citizen of the world) saw this as an opportunity to raise some funds for a good cause.
You know how people walk or even run for charity? This is exactly like that, but with sitting. And watching movies.. A full 11 of them through Age of Ultron. It's (really not) hard work, but somebody's gotta do it.
The dollars you donate to us exercising our eyes go to Capes4Heroes, a nonprofit that customizes superhero capes for kids with life-threatening illnesses and disabilities. Turns out treating kids like they're brave makes them feel brave. And for all of us to get in on that, it'll take a tremendous(ly minimal) effort.
So here's the plan. We'll take care of the hard part, like rearranging the pillows on our sofa and finally figuring out which input is for Apple TV. You just take care of the donating. There’ll be so much finger-lifting we’ll all get cramps. Cramps of compassion.
On April 25th, we’ll watch Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger and Marvel’s The Avengers).
On April 26th, we’ll watch Phase 2 (Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy).
Each day of viewing will be broadcast via live stream from our living room. Feel free to sit on your ass watching us sit on our ass watching people kicking some ass by clicking here.
Finally, on the weekend of May 1st, we’ll catch Avengers: Age of Ultron in theaters to round out 23 hours of marathoning. And BOOM, children’s lives enriched. All from (doing the opposite of) taking a stand.
Capes4Heroes is a nonprofit that does a lot more than we’re doing to make a difference. While we’ll be sitting on our butts for two days, they’ve been busting theirs for three years—by tailoring superhero capes to children with life-threatening illnesses and disabilities. We thought that warranted a little cash thrown their way.
We’re betting you’re a human and you agree. Below, check out what kind of donor you can be to show Capes4Heroes some love.
Donate what you can, and thanks for the help! Click here to hero up.
Are you a fan of Robert Downey Jr.’s smashing goatee and quick wit? Sponsor our viewership of the Iron Man movies! Your ten bucks a pop will power us through six hours of the world’s most self-destructive, self-addicted smartass kinda really saving the day a lot. Click here to donate $30 and prove there’s a heart under that steely armor of yours.
Do you like asking Idris Elba for passage? Does your brother swing between conflicted sociopath and conflicted megalomaniac? Do you simply like watching other people in those circumstances? Then sponsor us through Thor and Thor: The Dark World at ten bucks a film like the Asgardian champ you are. Click here to donate $20 and flaunt your Mjolnir of morality.
If you hate Nazis, this is the perfect donation for you. Sponsor us through Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier at ten dollars apiece for the sake of freedom. Click here to donate that $20 and show everyone you think Hitler was bad.
Fund every film featuring Black Widow, which includes Iron Man 2, Marvel’s The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. For nine dollars a movie, you’ll be showing support for a hero who faces down gods and monsters without a single superpower--which is just the way we like her. Click here to donate $36 in honor of Earth’s most super human.
Click here to donate $10 or WE WILL SMASH YOU, PUNY HUMAN!
Sponsor us for two bucks an hour--or more--to make an amazing difference in a child’s life. By giving $46 dollars or higher, you’ll be helping Capes4Heroes empower children far faster than mere mortals. What bigger reward is there than that? Click here to donate $46 or more and remind kids with struggling health that they’re the real heroes.
Something to keep in mind is that we’re using two services to collect your gifts: YouCaring.com to host our fundraising and PayPal to transfer the funds themselves. YouCaring.com, thankfully, doesn’t skim a cut off the top. Which is good, because as much as PayPal is helping us out here, it still takes 2.9% plus 30 cents of everyone’s donations. It’s not a lot, but if it matters to you, just thought we should give you the heads up.