Marvel Features Boy With Blood Disorder In Iron Man Comic Book
3-year-old Max Levy is a real life Iron Man. He suffers from hemophilia, a blood disorder, and needed to get a metal disk surgically inserted into his chest. Max loves superheroes, especially Iron Man. So his dad, Dan Levy got an idea.
"We had just seen the movie 'Iron Man' few days before," said Dan Levy. "I said to him, 'Do you remember the scene where Tony Stark takes the port, takes the arch reactor out of his chest and puts the new one in? ... you're going to get one of those."
"'I get to be Iron Man'" Max responded, according to his father. That's when Max became "Iron Max." Max's parents used the hashtag #IronMax to update their friends and family about Max's progress. He was a patient at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. His sister, Zoe, got an idea to create a calendar to help raise money for the hospital.
Marvel caught wind of what was going on. They called Dan Levy and told them they were going to feature Max in a comic book.
"I'm not a crier, I'm not — it was literally the first time, I just came into the room, and I just wept," Levy said of his reaction. "It's been a year and half of ... honestly not great, this kid deserves a win. Since he's been a baby he's been told what he can't do and now its sort of kind of neat to see what he can do and he can be anything — he can be a superhero. That's just the coolest thing."
Max couldn't be more excited. "I think it's pretty cool being in a comic book. Like it's really really cool," Max, now 6, said, and he didn't just mean for himself. "I'm making (other children) not scared because there's a kid whose a superhero and they would like to be that I guess ... maybe some people are that."