‘Avengers: Endgame’ director, Cleveland native Joe Russo’s Marvel fantasy football league to raise $1.25M for charity

By Joey Morona | September 4, 2020

"Avengers: Infinity War" Global Press Conference

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 22: (L-R): Director Joe Russo, and actors Anthony Mackie, Chris Hemsworth, Chadwick Boseman, and Pom Klementieff attend the Global Press Conference at the Avengers: Infinity War Press Junket in Los Angeles, CA April 22nd, 2018 (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney)Getty Images for Disney


When you’re “Avengers: Endgame” director Joe Russo, you can pull it off. The Cleveland native has rounded up some of his famous friends for a second year of the AGBO Superhero Fantasy Football Charity League, named after AGBO, Joe and brother Anthony Russo’s production company. This time, the stakes are even higher with presenting sponsor FanDuel donating $1.25 million to the endeavor.


Here’s how it’ll work: the 14-team owners will participate in a season-long fantasy football league, with $1 million divided among each player’s favorite charity based on their standings. FanDuel will donate an additional $250,000 to charities in memory of the late Chadwick Boseman. The season will be chronicled with weekly results and special content, including trash-talk videos, at


“This cast is like family. We love doing this together and we’re all delighted to be able to benefit our favorite charities,” said Russo. “Now we can play in a far more meaningful way thanks to the generous support of FanDuel. Most importantly, it’s an honor to dedicate this season to Chadwick. We all miss him dearly.”


Boseman, who played the Black Panther in three films directed by the Russo Brothers, died August 28 from colon cancer.


The league features returning champion Chris Hemsworth. Here are the participants along with the charities they’re playing for listed by draft order:


1. Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), The Rape Foundation


2. Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Footprint Coalition


3. Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Big Slick/Children’s Mercy Hospital


4. Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool), SickKids Foundation of Canada


5. Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Time’s Up


6. Chris Evans (Captain America), Christopher’s Haven


7. Matthew Berry (ESPN fantasy football analyst), The V Foundation for Cancer Research


8. Joe Russo (Director), The Arthritis Foundation


9. Tom Holland (Spider-Man), The Brothers Trust


10. Karen Gillian (Nebula), Mikey’s Line


11. Simu Liu (Shang-Chi), [charity to be announced]


12. Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Stem NOLA


13. Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Australian Childhood Foundation


14. Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/Star-Lord), Special Olympics Washington