Stan Lee (1922-2018)
Last night, the Pop-Culture Icon and Creator of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee passed away at the age of 95.
You would’ve probably heard about Stan Lee through his ever-realistic superheroes, and you would’ve probably seen him on the big screen with his countless quirky cameos in the Marvel cinematic universe
Lee was the co-creator of some of the comic-book worlds pioneering superheroes such as Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Daredevil and the X-Men.
All of these complex creations merged together to create the colorful Marvel Universe as we know it today. At its peak, Marvel comics sold 50 million copies a year, while today, Marvel adaptations have made millions at the box office.
Lee retired from Marvel in 1971, but he had changed the face of comic book writing for good, earning himself and his creations cult status.
Speaking to Reuters his daughter J.C. Lee said, “He felt an Obligation to his fans to keep creating.” “He loved his life and he loved what he did for a living. His family loved him, and his fans loved him. He was irreplaceable.”
Several stars who have worked in live-action adaptations of Lee’s superheroes have joined together to pay tribute to the Legend after hearing about his passing.
Actor Chris Evans who plays Captain America wrote on twitter,
“There will never be another Stan lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!”
Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. took to Instagram to share his message, posting a photo of Lee and himself with the caption:
“I owe it all to you…Rest in Peace Stan…”
Benedict Cumberbatch who plays Doctor Strange in the MCU stated,
“Stan Lee‘s imagination has held generations in its thrall. He was a kind, generous and funny man and it was an honour to meet him. My love and thoughts to his family.”
While Wolverine and X-Men star Hugh Jackman said,
“We’ve lost a creative genius.”
Tom Hardy, the star of the latest Marvel Comic adaptation Venom shared a photo via instagram.
Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds wrote on twitter, “Damn—RIP. Thanks for everything.”
Tom Holland the latest spiderman actor posted a photo on instagram with the message, “How many millions of us are indebted to this guy, none more so than me. The father of Marvel has made so many people so incredibly happy. What a life and what a thing to have achieved. Rest in peace Stan.”
Actor Josh Brolin paid tribute on instagram with the message,
“Stan Lee and Dr. Seuss and Ray Bradbury. That’s where it begins and ends with me. To those of us who have been so deeply affected by the humanity of his imagination, the understanding of reaching beyond our potential and the necessity of tapping into our immeasurable imaginations, we thank you and are forever indebted. Rest In Peace Dear Stan. You made our time here a better one.”
Other stars who paid tribute to lee include Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pratt, and Josh Groban as well as Dwayne Johnson, Jeremy Renner, Seth Rogen and presenter Jonathon Ross .
Marvel Comics’ famed rival DC Comics also tweeted in honor of Lee saying, “He changed the way we look at heroes, and modern comics will always bear his indelible mark. His infectious ethusiasm reminded us why we all fell in love with these stories in the first place. Excelsior, Stan.”
Survivors include his daughter and younger brother Larry Lieber, a writer and artist for Marvel.
“J.C. Lee and all of Stan Lee’s friends and colleagues want to thank all of his fans and well-wishers for their kind words and condolences,” a family statement read. “Stan was an icon in his field. His fans loved him and his desire to interact with them. He loved his fans and treated them with the same respect and love they gave him.”
“He worked tirelessly his whole life creating great characters for the world to enjoy. He wanted to inspire our imagination and for us to all use it to make the world a better place. His legacy will live on forever.”
In Spider-Man 3 (2007), he chats with Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker as they stop on a Times Square street to read news that the web-slinger will soon receive the key to the city.
“You know,” he says,
“I guess one person can make a difference … ’nuff said.”
Rest In Peace Stan Lee.
You will Be Remembered.