Marvel Turned a Young Boy Fighting Blood Disorder Into a Comic Book Superhero – TIME
When three-year-old Max Levy had to have a metal disk inserted into his chest to help with treatments for his hemophilia, a disorder that prevents blood from clotting properly, his father compared him to a superhero. â€œWe had just seen the movie â€˜Iron Manâ€™ a few days before,â€ Dan Levy told NBC News. â€œI said to him, â€˜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? â€¦ youâ€™re going to get one of those.’â€
From that day on, Max became known to friends and family as â€˜Iron Max.â€™ Dan and his wife even started using the hashtag #IronMax on social media to update others on the young boyâ€™s progress. And when Maxâ€™s sister Zoe, 8, began creating calendars to help raise money for kids with hemophilia being treated at Maxâ€™s hospital, the Childrenâ€™s Hospital of Philadelphia, Marvel caught wind of Maxâ€™s story.
The creators of Iron Man contacted Dan and told him that Max was going to appear in one of their comic books. â€œSince heâ€™s been a baby heâ€™s been told what he canâ€™t do and now itâ€™s sort of kind of neat to see what he can do, and he can be anything â€” he can be a superhero,â€ Dan said. â€œThatâ€™s just the coolest thing.â€
Max, now 6, said he was happy he could inspire other kids. â€œI think itâ€™s pretty cool being in a comic book. Like itâ€™s really really cool,â€ he said.â€Iâ€™m making (other children) not scared because thereâ€™s a kid whoâ€™s a superhero and they would like to be that I guess â€¦ maybe some people are that.â€