A grieving dad has been told by his local council that he needs to ask Marvel for permission to put up a Spider-Man gravestone for his late four-year-old son.
Ollie Jones died at the end of last year from a rare genetic illness called leukodystrophy.
He has been buried at Maidstone Cemetery in Kent and his family were hoping that his resting place could be marked with a Marvel Studios themed headstone.
However, Maidstone Borough Council has said that they’ll need to ask for permission from the Hollywood studio before they’ll allow that to happen.
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Thirty-six-year-old Lloyd Jones said: “At the moment I go to his grave and see flowers, it would be nice to have something that really reminds me of him.”
Jones has six children, including six-year-old Laillah who is also suffering from the same disease as Ollie. Leukodystrophy affects one out of every 40,000 people in the UK and is caused by a rare genetic fault.
Mr Jones continued: “It’s a fatal condition. It affects them from the age of about two and then most people with it live to around 20.
“It’s not painful, but it disrupts their muscles. You try and put a shirt or their trousers on and their muscles can tense up. In the end Ollie could only move his hands to play with his toys.”
Despite being up against great adversity, Lloyd has devoted his life to giving his children the best life possible for them.
He continued: “It’s been awful, but we’ve made the most of it.
“We’re all away at theme parks and museums and all sorts of things every weekend.
“Last year we went to Disneyland Paris, we were supposed to go again this year with Ollie.
“We went last year with my girlfriend, we had two children in wheelchairs to get into rides and then four other children to look after. I lost more than a stone in weight on that holiday.”
His brother, and Ollie’s uncle, Jason Jones, added: “This means everything to us.
“My brother’s life has been shattered, it has shattered the whole family.
“We can’t move on until we have his headstone done – Spider-Man was Ollie’s entire life. He loved it so much.
“His coffin was covered in Spider-Man, the procession was led by someone dressed as Spider-Man, this would really mean the world to us.
“I didn’t expect it to be an issue – my funeral director, who’s also my friend, rang me and told me they can’t do it. I though he was joking at first.
“We understand copyright but I don’t see why Marvel would have any issues with this.
“We’ve tried every email address and number we can find but so far we haven’t heard anything back from Marvel.”
A spokesperson for Maidstone Borough Council said: “Maidstone Borough Council is trying to help a family who have asked whether they can place a Spider-Man headstone at the grave of their young son.
“Sadly, these types of stones have to adhere to copyright and while we understand this is a very emotional time for the family we have made contact with Marvel to ensure the family are complying with their terms and conditions.
“The MBC Bereavement Services team will do everything they can to help the family throughout this process.”
LADbible has approached Marvel for comment.