Bridger Walker has been in the news a lot lately. The 6-year-old boy has made global headlines for the courage he showed and the injuries he sustained defending his 4-year-old sister from an attacking dog. It took two hours of surgery and 90 stitches, but Bridger is on the mend. His family told reporters that he’d explained his actions by saying “If someone had to die, I thought it should be me.” A family member posted an account of the full story on Instagram, explaining that the siblings were visiting a friend’s house when a recently adopted German Shepherd mix charged and latched onto Bridger’s cheek just as he shoved his sister out of the way.

A photo of Bridger and his sister went viral, and this young hero’s story started to attract the attention of some big screen heroes. Namely, the Avengers. In fact, Captain America himself, Chris Evans, sent Bridger a video congratulating him on his fine work and pledging to send him a shield. Like, that shield. Bridger’s parents posted a video of him getting Evans’ message (and Bridger was even decked out in full Cap regalia for the big announcement.)

Brandon Davis is an editor at Comicbook.com who was moved by the story and he kept the surprises coming for Bridger, getting him a phone call from Tom Holland (Spider-Man) and warranting a shoutout from Anne Hathaway (Catwoman). The family says he’s recovering well so far and encourages everyone to “follow Bridger’s example, approach the world as a child, and bring greater peace to our own homes, communities, states and countries.”