Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Mark Ruffalo (the Hulk), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Don Cheadle (War Machine) and Zoe Saldana (Gamora), along with “Avengers: Endgame” directors Joe and Anthony Russo, joined Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris for a grassroots fundraising event. The event, held Oct. 20, aptly titled “Voters Assemble,” was livestreamed for individuals willing to donate to the Biden-Harris campaign.
It began with an introduction by the Russo brothers, who encouraged those watching to vote and be patient with the process before introducing the cast. They chatted with the cast about what they’ve been up to during quarantine, in which Evans said he had been spending his time outdoors, while Johansson, Saldana, Rudd and Ruffalo said they’ve been spending time with their kids. During this time, Cheadle revealed a family member died from COVID-19. The cast was also asked if they voted early or were waiting to go to the polling station on Election Day.
Harris, whose birthday was the day of the livestream, then joined them for the rest of the event. She expressed her thanks to the cast for joining her, speaking out and supporting her and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. She also explained she’s a huge Marvel fan and paid tribute to Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), who died of colon cancer in August. Harris then compared the values shown in the “Avengers” films to the core values some Americans hold.
“The importance of honor, courage and unity and those being some of the guiding principles, among many in the ‘Avengers’ series, honor and decency,” Harris said. “Joe and I, of course, are committed to honoring the dignity of work, protecting the most vulnerable, respecting science and truth in the White House. And of course we all know honor and decency matters whether you’re saving the universe from Thanos or fighting for the soul of our nation.”
She went on to explain how she’s seen people across the country ready to “suit up” to fight for democracy. The cast asked Harris questions and, in turn, she had some of her own for them. The event then changed course and they all participated in “Avengers”- themed trivia. Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) was brought on as a special guest and Anthony Mackie (Falcon) was also supposed to appear alongside Downey Jr. from London, where he is filming the anticipated Disney+ series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” with Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier). However, due to unknown issues, he didn’t join the call. The event closed with Harris urging viewers to go out and vote Nov. 3.
Despite technical difficulties and a disappointing audience Q&A, watching this livestream allowed me to see Harris in a different light. Her casual fangirling over the cast and franchise showed me she’s just like us when it comes to our interests. However, what I found most important was her devotion to the campaign and the people never wavered, even during the fun.