Every little kid needs a hero to look up to, but when you feel different, it can be hard to picture yourself in a superhero’s cape. If you couldn’t already tell from his Avengers, Spider-Man, and X-Men bedroom décor, four-year-old Anthony Smith is a huge fan of comic book heroes. So much so that when Anthony realized that no superheroes wore a blue hearing aid like he did, he wanted to stop wearing it.
When Anthony’s mom reached out to Marvel, their team channeled their inner heroes to help out. They sent him a comic that showed how Hawkeye suffered from hearing loss while leading the West Coast Avengers, and then decided to take it one step further. Robot 6 reports that Nelson Ribeiro and Manny Mederos each drew a depiction of Anthony as his new super alter ego, The Blue Ear.
Now Anthony can wear his blue ear with pride as he aims to follow the superhero calling, “Fight bad guys and help people.”
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A Boston native, Amy has worked in the film industry's social media space since 2008. As TakePart's Digital Community Coordinator, she combines her passion for social good with her knack for connecting ideas and people. Email Amy|@amyeicher