Real Life Heroes Honoured at Tribeca Film Festival #TheAvengersEvent

I got home at 2 am last night from a whirlwind weekend in NYC for #TheAvengersEvent. I have soooooo much to tell you all about my trip. I talked John’s ear off on the car ride home last night! I’ll be sharing all the deets this week. Let me just say that it was an incredible experience that I will never forget. I was sad to say good-bye to everyone!

One of the highlights of the trip was going to the Tribeca Film Festival’s closing night screening of Marvel’s The Avengers. The movie was fantastic and I’ll be posting my review in the next day or so.  It was very exciting to be in such close proximity to the stars of the movie,  but it was also very special because real life heroes were being honoured and were actually in attendance for the screening! Members of the police, fire department, various branches of the military and other first responders were all there in uniform. Since Marvel’s The Avengers is a super hero movie, it makes perfect sense to honour the real life heroes who have risked their lives to serve and protect society.

After everyone had been seated, Jane Rosenthal (one of the founders of the festival) came on stage and introduced the cast and mentioned that tonight’s screening was dedicated to the real life heroes.

Source: Disney

Source: Disney

Then she passed the microphone to Robert Downey Jr. (!) and he asked all the heroes to please stand. They were seated in the first few rows. The crowd clapped and cheered and gave them a standing ovation. Robert Downey Jr. was still talking about how grateful he was, but I had trouble catching what he was saying because the crowd was cheering very loudly. It was a very touching moment and I was thankful that I had the opportunity to be a part of it.

In this photo you can see all the heroes seated in the first few rows:

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After the movie was over, we went out again on the Red Carpet to snap some photos. Marshall mentioned to us that the little boy (and his parents) from the Captain America YouTube video were there too! In the video, the little boy’s dad has just returned from his deployment in Afghanistan and dresses up as Captain America to surprise his son!! We all gathered round to talk to them. The little boy was dressed up as Captain America and was adorable. He was so excited to be there and was showing everyone all his super hero moves.

You can see the YouTube video I’m referring to below:

Here’s a picture of Cobie Smulders with the little boy Captain America!

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The heroes also met with the stars of the movie! These are such great shots.

With Chris Hemsworth who plays “Thor” . Source: Disney

With Clark Gregg who plays “Agent Phil Coulson”. Source: Disney

With Mark Ruffalo who plays “The Hulk”. Source: Disney

 With Robert Downy Jr. who plays “Iron Man”. Source: Disney

And here are all us bloggers with the real superheroes!

Source: Marshall Weinbaum

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*Disney/Marvel is providing me with an all expenses paid trip to New York City to attend this special blogger event. Any thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.*

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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