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Watch this New York Democratic congressional candidate's stirring ad about fighting the opioid epidemic

This summer's hot new movie is — a congressional candidate's campaign ad? Democrat Boyd Melson announced Tuesday that he is running for Congress in New York's 11th district with a powerful ad that bears more than a passing resemblance to a Marvel movie. The three-minute spot shows Melson's rise to becoming the world military boxing champion, his subsequent struggles with pain medications after surgery, and finally his fight against New York City's opioid epidemic in his current race for the House seat.

The ad was cut by the same team behind the campaign ad for Wisconsin Democrat Randy Bryce, who is running against Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) in a longshot bid. Melson might need the Hollywood treatment too: "The [11th] district is currently represented by Rep. Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.), who won his election in 2016 by over 25 points," Politico writes.

Grab your popcorn and watch the ad below. Jeva Lange