Troops deployed to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan await the start of the movie 'Avengers: Endgame' on May 1. Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Robert Iger agreed to send the blockbuster film to air bases in Afghanistan and Qatar after Hurlburt Field military spouse Kat Lancaster asked him via Twitter to make the movie available to those deployed troops. (Area Support Group-Afghanistan via Northwest Florida Daily News)

HURLBURT FIELD — The smiles say it all, shining through the darkness of a movie theater at Afghanistan's Bagram Airfield. Dozens of airmen, shown in an official photo, eagerly await the start of "Avengers: Endgame," the culmination of nearly two dozen massively popular superhero movies in Marvel Studios' "Avengers" franchise.

The smiles, though, came courtesy of another kind of hero — Kat Lancaster, a Hurlburt Field military spouse whose heartfelt Twitter plea prompted the chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company, parent of Marvel Studios, to get "Avengers: Endgame" to troops in Afghanistan and Qatar within a couple of days of its opening weekend.

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