Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark Gives 'Iron Man' Bionic Arm to Kid

March 12, 2015

Robert Downey Jr.

The stars of Marvel Studios are turning out to be more like real superheroes than actors. Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt and Captain America franchise star Chris Evans made a couple stops at children's hospitals (photos here and here) after they made a charitable bet for the Super Bowl to help raise thousands for kids who need medical care. And now Robert Downey Jr. stepped into Tony Stark's shoes yet again, but not for a movie. Instead, he dressed up and appeared in character as the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist to deliver an Iron Man fashioned prosthetic limb to a 7-year old boy named Alex. Watch!

Here's the video of Robert Downey Jr. handing over the prosthetic from the actor's Facebook page:

Robert Downey Jr. Delivers Iron Man Bionic Arm

This should restore faith in the human race if you've been looking for some lately. The project came together thanks to Albert Manero, OneNote, and The Collective Project, working to make inexpensive, 3D-printed limbs that can be manufactured for maybe 1% of what high-end prostheses usually cost. They work by attaching three sensors to the skin of the wearer, which means when this kid flexes his arms muscles, it signals the motors in the arm to activate the fingers. The fact that this is an Iron Man style limb handed over by Tony Stark himself is just the coolest thing that can be done for a kid like this. Are you crying too?

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Reader Feedback - 16 Comments


I follow RDJ on Facebook and saw this. It's great. I also did not know that Jaimie Alexander, who plays Sif in the Thor movies, has also dressed up in costume to visit sick kids in children's hospitals. I think its so cool when these actors do this, especially from super hero movies, because nearly every child looks up to a comic book super hero of some type, and doing these things brings such joy to them.

theslayer5150 on Mar 12, 2015


And I love the bow tie compliment as well...truly a Tony Stark remark!

theslayer5150 on Mar 12, 2015


Didn't Batman (Bale) do something similar, too? I wonder if Batfleck will do anything. Batman, Spider-man, and now the MCU heroes, are basically every little boys' favorites. I assume girls mostly like Wonder Woman, and maybe now Black Widow. (not a very kid-friendly hero, being a former assassin and all) >.> but idk who little girls like cuz I wasn't friends with any females until middle school, basically. And they didn't seem to like superheroes by then. <.<

ckpinkham on Mar 12, 2015


My daughter loves the male superheros as much as the female ones, of course she is 6. Found this, cool as well.

theslayer5150 on Mar 13, 2015


Between RDJ, the 2 Chris' TwitterBowl fundraising, Jaime Alexander, Clark Gregg, and Mark Ruffalo's many posts on his near & dear causes - gotta say many from the Marvel MCU are using their celebrity for good. Whether you agree w/ their causes or not, I like to see celebs use their notoriety for positive things.

VAharleywitch on Mar 15, 2015


Really have to take my hat off to these guys. This is really a good thing. And its amazing that this arm actually works. For a sec i thought this was a post effect? lol. good stuff guys, good stuff!

Sascha Dikiciyan on Mar 12, 2015


How do those arms work? Do you just put them on and they start functioning immediately after attaching, or must they be attached the arm to the nerve system by a surgery first? I just don't know.

Tuomas Lassila on Mar 12, 2015


I think it works off of muscle movements from the part of the arm that exists.

Wesley Orias on Mar 12, 2015


"They work by attaching three sensors to the skin of the wearer, which means when this kid flexes his arms muscles, it signals the motors in the arm to activate the fingers"

theslayer5150 on Mar 12, 2015


It's run by a sophisticated AI system, codenamed "Ultron". ..... This just in....the boy in question has murdered his parents and everyone at his school by punching them to death. He then committed suicide by punching himself to death.

Kthulhu on Mar 12, 2015


There are......... no strings.............. on him now.

Wayne Davison on Apr 23, 2015


The cynic in me cant help but think how good this sort of thing is for Marketing their brand, but I highly doubt the kids involved give to shits. Keep it guys!

Brian Sleider on Mar 12, 2015


Awwww Wish there were more heroes like Robert

redskulllives on Mar 12, 2015


Look up Swiftmas 2014.

ckpinkham on Mar 12, 2015


Man, that's just awesome.

ckpinkham on Mar 12, 2015


I would have been shitting bricks if I were that kid. Good on RDJ and Disney for this act.

DAVIDPD on Mar 12, 2015

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