Batman’s buddy Robin needs to watch out. There’s a new adorable sidekick in town and he’s about to give ol’ Rob a run for his money.
In the latest installment of Marvel’s Invincible Iron Man comic book, Iron Man meets and joins forces with Iron Max, a real life boy from New Jersey with an amazing story.
You see, five-year-old Max Levy has been battling hemophilia A, a disorder that affects the blood’s ability to clot properly. When he was three, he had a portable catheter device implanted in his chest, to help regulate his blood flow, according to CTV News.
It would crush any parents heart to see their little one go through so much pain. And so, in a bid to make Max feel better during the implant surgery, his father Dan Levy told Max that he was very much like Iron Man–who, as everyone knows, also has a plate in his chest.
“I said, ‘You’re gonna get to be like Iron Man and he got so excited that he was gonna have a port like Iron Man did,” Levy said to CTV News.
And it was then that “Iron Max” was born. The cute nickname caught on and Levy started using the hashtag #IronMax on Twitter to keep family and friends informed about Max. Pretty soon it spread and someone from Marvel, who own the Iron Man franchise, noticed and reached out.
— Dan Levy (@DanLevyThinks) June 29, 2014
“One of the [Iron Man] writers, Brian Michael Bendis, said I’m going to do better than wish Max good luck at his surgery and gonna have him meet Iron Man.”
Cue to a year and a half later (a.k.a. now) and Iron Max is featured in Invincible Iron Man comic book, just, you know, hanging out with Tony Stark and being fitted with his very own little superhero suit.
— Comic Book Resources (@CBR) December 3, 2015
So, how does Iron Max feel about all of this? “Um, awesome!” he said to CTV News. He’s a boy of few words and we’re totally OK with that.
— Paul Levy (@Hippiehop) December 3, 2015
For more on Iron Max, watch his interview with CTV News in the video above.