Avengers: Endgame has been shattering all kinds of box office records since it hit theaters a little less than two weeks ago. It feels as though everyone has seen Marvel’s latest hit film already, and thanks to Disney and a tweet from a concerned Air Force spouse, that includes some U.S. military personnel stationed overseas.
- As Stripes.com reported last week, Kat Lancaster, wife of Air Force Maj. Joshua-Lee Lancaster, tweeted at the Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger asking if Endgame could be brought to the troops sooner than later.
Hey Bob, any chance you could get Endgame to the troops deployed overseas sooner than later? I know Al Udeid and Bagram both have theaters and our folks in uniform could use a morale boost!
— Military Meowsketeer (@KatAtDisney) April 27, 2019
- Iger replied no more than a few hours later explaining that the film would be brought to the two military bases Lancaster suggested the following week.
- The Walt Disney Company shared last week that they provided showings of the film at Bagram Air Field on Wednesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 2, as well as showings in Kandahar over the weekend.
- Lancaster issued another tweet thanking Iger and the Walt Disney Company for bringing the movie to the troops.
I’m overwhelmed by this gesture and my heart is full. So often our deployed members are left out of cultural moments while they risk their lives for us.
This gift from the @WaltDisneyCo is sure to bring sheer joy and a small moment of escape from the realities of war. Thank you. https://t.co/gZNBah6a6S
— Military Meowsketeer (@KatAtDisney) April 28, 2019
What they’re saying:
- Lancaster: “When people say this is silly or just a movie – I think small gestures like that can really benefit our troops. It shows our troops people are thinking about them.”
- Don Baumgartner, the Morale, Welfare and Recreation director at Bagram: “We’ve had several people here around Bagram asking for some time if we were going to get the movie here and up until this weekend, the answer was ‘no.’ So the fact that Bob Iger wanted to make this happen and as short notice as he did — it was definitely really cool, and I think thousands here in Bagram are grateful for this opportunity.”
- The Walt Disney Company CEO, Bob Iger: “We’re thrilled to be able to do something special for our troops in Afghanistan, to boost morale and show our gratitude for their service. I’m grateful to Kat Lancaster for the great suggestion, and to the Army & Air Force Exchange Service for helping us make this happen.”