So that thing called the Super Bowl happened over the weekend, right? It seemed like there were more hungover, cranky people than usual straggling through the day on Monday, which reminded me that there was a big sporting event the day before.
If you can’t tell, I’m not a big football fan. I’m a big fan of the commercials usually… though I’ve gotten my fill of those long before the game ever airs. AND, I can be a big fan of football fans, especially if their love of the game makes the world a better place. “When, by chance, does that ever happen, Wendy?” you may be asking.
Well, despite my lack of knowledge, or frankly, any care whatsoever, in the teams playing in the Super Bowl, I had been paying keen attention to one of the highly publicized bets that took place between two celebrities. Of course it has to be Marvel related, right? Of course it does. The Marvel Universe even invades the Super Bowl.
Chris Pratt (also known as Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy) and Chris Evans (Captain America from every other damn Marvel movie out there) placed a friendly wager on the Super Bowl that made me realize they’re probably just as good in real life as the heroes they portray on film. Here are links to catch up in case you haven’t seen the myriad of articles scattered throughout the internet already:
The bet? If Seattle won, Evans has to visit the Seattle Children’s Hospital dressed as Captain America. If New England came out on top, Pratt would have to suit up as Star-Lord and traipse through the halls of Boston-based charity Christopher’s Haven.
The Twitter war between the two of them was so fun to watch (Chris Evans calling the Seahawks seachickens just tickled me to no end), mainly because in the end, the stakes aren’t for money or bragging rights or making the other person do something embarrassing and stupid. The end game is all about making sick kids happy and having kids who need strong role models to get through some extremely difficult things that life has thrown at them have a chance to meet their heroes. It’s equal parts being philanthropic, being fun, being gentlemanly, and being just a decent damn person.
And yes, it gets even better. With New England winning that means Star-Lord, aka Pratt, has to follow through and go to the Boston charity (which he is absolutely thrilled to do) – BUT – Evans isn’t about to sit on his laurels knowing that he brought sunshine to one group of kids and not another. So even though Evans won the bet, Captain America is still going to visit the Seattle Children’s Hospital. It’s a win-win.
This is who I want my heroes to be. If I’m paying $16 to root and rally for them on the big screen I’m much more invested in giving the theaters and studios my money if I can root and rally for this person in real life. I don’t want my favorite heroes to be busted by the cops for getting into bar brawls, screaming anti-Semitic remarks, or hitting their significant others. When that happens it’s so much more apparent that the cape and cowl are just for a paycheck.
But when actors do something akin to what Pratt and Evans have done (and which these two do frequently by the way), that makes me feel that it’s not just a stupid movie part for them. Maybe it means something, maybe it’s a chance to communicate goodness…like they exhibit in real life. That, ultimately, is what makes them legit superheroes.