'Tis that time of year when we look back and appreciate the smaller things: moments in time where we smiled, and memories that warm our hearts. But, reader, I couldn't tell you what moments we've shared, primarily because we're internet strangers. So instead, let's relive the past through our common interest: Marvel movies! We've heard plenty of adorable and endearing set stories out of Marvel films over the past decade, so here are a few of my favorites.
Science Bros? More like Director Bros!
While it's not a well-hidden fact, [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035) director Joss Whedon and [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073)'s James Gunn have been friends for decades (Charles Gunn, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is named after Whedon's long-time pal), so when Gunn was up for Guardians, he attempted to phone in a favor. Gunn told CinemaBlend:
"I wrote him an e-mail and said, ‘Hey, I’m trying to get this job. Can you help me?’" Gunn revealed. What he discovered, however, was that he was just a bit tardy in his efforts. Whedon responded, "’You're fucking late. I already talked to all of those guys all about you."
What's more, Whedon encouraged Gunn throughout the process of scripting, and even gave a stern-yet-endearing review of a draft:
"Joss was happy, but he wasn’t as happy as everybody else," Gunn explained. "I was like, ‘Whoa, man!’ And he’s like, ‘Well, I really loved this and this is great, and the story’s been cracked. But I just really want there to be more James Gunn in the script. There are things that are too conventional, and I want more James Gunn in it… And I was like, ‘Alright, your funeral.’"
Chris Pratt's Adorable Surprise Appearance at an NYC Screening
Along with stealing his Star-Lord costume in order to visit children in the hospital, Chris Pratt delighted an audience with children from two charities with a surprise appearance at a screening for Guardians of the Galaxy. Rebecca Pahle from The Mary Sue detailed his visit, where he took questions from the kids:
Then Pratt showed up and told the kids, who hail from two local charities, that “I think you’re all very awesome… Take it from a kid who grew up having no money, struggling hard to get by. Just know that if you stick to your path and you believe in yourself and be courageous enough to be yourself, you can grow up and you can be your own Star-Lord.”
Pratt let the kids ask questions, and hung out with many of them personally, giving advice before the screening.
Andrew Garfield Surprised Kids at a London Charity as Spider-Man
A few months before Pratt decided to do so, Andrew Garfield made a quick stop on his press tour to stop in and spend a day with his young fans at a charity in Brixton.
He played basketball and had pizza with the kids, spending the hours before [The Amazing Spider-Man 2](movie:508593)'s premiere just hanging out with people who, arguably, his presence meant the absolute most to. Awh!
Vin Diesel Saved a Family from a Burning Car
Hit the way-back machine and you'll find that Groot has been saving people for ages, on and off screen. In 2002, Vin Diesel was riding his bike in Hollywood when the car ahead of him lost control, spun out, and caught on fire. Vin dropped everything to dash in and save the two children inside first, before helping the driver climb out. The rescue occured almost in perfect cinematic time, as the car became engulfed in flames only moments later.
Zoe Saldana Also Saved a Car Accident Victim
Seems like the Guardians of the Galaxy were ready to save lives way before they were cast: almost every heroic story I'm finding has them all over it. Gamora (though, at the time, she was better known as a different space fatale - Uhura) charged into action after witnessing a car crash, helping an elderly woman out of her car and caring for her while they waited for the police.
Know any other great Real Life Superhero stories? Let me know in the comments!