A 6-year-old Wyoming boy is being hailed as a real-life hero after protecting his younger sister from an aggressive dog, and many of Hollywood's biggest stars are taking notice. Bridger Walker, the boy, needed 90 stitches to his head and face after being bitten by the dog while standing between the girl and the charging hound. "After getting bit several times on the face and head, he grabbed his sister's hand and ran with her to keep her safe. He later said, 'If someone had to die, I thought it should be me,'" his aunt Nicole Walker said, noting the boy's love of geology and rocks. The post prompted many of Hollywood's biggest names, particularly from the superhero ranks, to praise the boy. Some, such as Brie Larson, even direct messaged the aunt to speak about the tyke's bravery. Click through to see what Hollywood titans are saying about the true hero…
"Dear Bridger, I just read about what happened to you and I wanted to reach out to say this… People who put the well beings of others in front of themselves are the most heroic and thoughtful people I know. I truly respect and admire your courage and your heart. Real courage isn't dominating people or fighting against people or walking around like a tough guy. Real courage is knowing what is right to do and doing it even when it might end up hurting you somehow. You are more of man than many, many I have seen or known. With Admiration…" –Mark Ruffalo, who signed his comment as "Bruce Banner/Hulk/Professor"
In a video call, Chris Evans told Bridger Walker, "I'm sure you've heard a lot of this over the last couple days, but let me be the next to tell you — pal, you're a hero. What you did was so brave, so selfless, your sister is so lucky to have you as a big brother." He added, "I'm gonna send you an authentic Captain America shield because, pal, you deserve it. Keep being the man you are — we need people like you. Hang in there. I know recovery might be tough, but based on what I've seen, I don't think there's much that can slow you down."
In a video message to Bridger Walker, Robert Downey Jr. said, "I play Tony, that makes me an old friend of Cap's. I heard he sent a shield your way: I'm going to do one better. You call me on your next birthday — I got something special for you. … By the way, that's a promise — a promise beats a shield."
Tom Holland invited Bridger Walker to the set of "Spider-Man 3" during a video call. "I've heard about your story, and I just want to say, you are so brave, mate, and we are all proud of you," Tom said. "Your little sister is so lucky to have someone like you. I mean, you're just such a brave little kid. It's not easy what you did, mate, you should be proud of yourself." He added, "We're going to be shooting 'Spider-Man 3,' and if you ever want to come to the set and hang out and see the 'Spider-Man' suit up close and hang out with us, you're always welcome. You'll always be my guest."
In a YouTube video, Chris Hemsworth gave a shout-out to Bridger Walker. "He's six years old and recently a dog attacked him and his little sister, and he was incredibly brave. He did something that not a lot of people would do: he stood between the dog and his sister and took the full attack on himself. He received some pretty serious injuries to his head and his face, but afterwards, took his sister's hand and brought her to safety. You're an absolute inspiration. Your courage is beyond belief, and we are all so impressed by you and we're thinking of you. I know you're an 'Avengers' fan, and so myself and all the team, we'd be honored to have you on the team, and we love you and we're sending you our support. Stay strong and we'll talk to you soon, mate."
"The first avenger💪🏻. What fortitude and heart" —Jeremy Renner
"I'm not an Avenger, but I know a superhero when I see one. I can only hope I'm half as brave in my life as you are in yours, Bridger. Wishing you an easeful recovery, and many cool looking rocks. Hey @markruffalo, do you need a teammate??" –Anne Hathaway
"This young man is an ACTUAL superhero. Praying for his speedy recovery. nicolenoelwalker please tell him he's now an honorary member of the shazammovie 'Shazamily'. Hope I get to shake his hand some day." –Zachary Levi
"This is a true hero. Sending love and prayers for everyone." —Kevin Jonas
"You can measure height but you can't measure heart #hero" –Mike Sorrentino
"A real hero. Get better soon Bridger" –Robbie Amell
"What a hero!!!" –Justin Baldoni
"So brave!!! Best big brother & True hero. Get better soon" –Vanessa Morgan
"So brave ! I may not be a hero in the Marvel Universe but heroes need to be fed ! Dinners on me bud. Sending you lots of love from all the Ramsay's" –Gordon Ramsay
"At a young age, you display more character, strength of heart & spirit than most adults do in a lifetime! Bravo, hero!" –Adam Richman
"This kid is a real live hero!!!! PLEASE look at his story. This kid has more courage in his pinky than most humans have in their whole body… Thank you Bridger you're [an] awesome brother." –TJ Lavin
"Your bravery is nothing but MORPHINOMENAL! You're a true hero, Bridger!" –Power Rangers