The Avengers Are Buying America Free Starbucks Coffee

Published 12-23-2018

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Those cinematic superheroes, Marvel's Avengers, are soaring into the real world and buying free Starbucks coffee. Kind of. Robert Downey Jr., who plays Iron Man, has joined co-star Mark Ruffalo in his #PayItForward coffee challenge. And you can help, too.

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On Dec. 19, Ruffalo, who plays The Hulk/Dr. Bruce Banner in Marvel's Avengers movies, tweeted out an image of a Starbucks gift card with $100 loaded on to it. He encouraged people to use the gift card's bar code to buy themselves a drink, then load more money onto the card (or a fresh one) and pass it along.

I was so inspired by your generous spirit during the #PayItForwardChallenge last year that I want to do it again this holiday season! Enjoy a drink on me this morning. I encourage you to add on to this gift card or start your own ☕️ pic.twitter.com/weMhCsBjaR

- Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) December 19, 2018

And Ruffalo also called out some of his super-powered friends, including fellow Avengers co-stars Downey, Chris Evans (Captain America), and Tom Holland (Spider-Man).

Let's shake it up! I challenge @DonCheadle, @ChrisEvans, @RobertDowneyJr, @TomHolland1996, @Zendaya, & @shaunking to join me in spreading the holiday cheer. You can start your own gift card, add to this one, or donate to an organization of your choice 💚 #PayItForwardChallenge https://t.co/MZzzEQ6eXb

- Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) December 19, 2018

Not to be outdone, on Dec. 22, Downey jumped on the bandwagon by tweeting out his own $100 Starbucks card donation.

✨ pic.twitter.com/5q3LK9YK3I

- Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) December 22, 2018

And somehow Holland managed to be just as adorably klutzy as the teenage Spidey he plays, asking Ruffalo to show him how to add to the card.

Mark how do I do this? This is amazing!

- Tom Holland (@TomHolland1996) December 19, 2018

Non-celeb fans were jumping on the free caffeine gift train too, adding anywhere from $5 to $50 and even more to the card to keep the good feelings going and the coffee flowing. While you're out getting coffee anyway, here are a batch of Starbucks secret menu items and how to order them like a pro.

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