The legendary comic book author, editor, and writer, responsible for growing Marvel Comics into the media behemoth it’s today, passed away early Monday morning in Los Angeles in the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, following an ambulance was allegedly called to his house in the Hollywood Hills neighbourhood. His daughter, J.C. Lee, has verified the death of her father.
Fantastic Four has been his first big creation from the early 1960s, using regular collaborator Jack Kirby, which came on the back of Lee almost quitting the field.
While Marvel’s rival DC Comics had found success in the late 1950s with the Justice League of America, Lee infused humankind to his characters similar to the DC ones who had it all figured out, and then provided them with changing personalities of their own. The Marvel superheroes not only needed to save the day from bad but also dealt with everyday issues like high school, relationship, and loved ones.
Lee stopped writing comic books and became the publisher of Marvel Comics in the early 1970s, prior to moving out of New York to California in the 1980s to create Marvel properties for film and TV. And that’s where he stayed heavily involved in for the rest of his life, working as an executive producer while returning into comic book writing from time to time.
His roster of superpowered characters gained global prominence and fame after Disney bought Marvel Entertainment in 2009 and started the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with lots of the movies routinely featuring from the highest-grossing lists of each year. Lee became well-known for making cameos in most of them, with comic book fans eagerly awaiting spot him in every new instalment.
Lee had already filmed his cameo for the as-yet untitled Avengers 4, the sequel to Infinity War, according to a interview of co-director Joe Russo from April. Lee was also famous for his signature motto,”Excelsior!” , that was submitted to his official Twitter page Monday and mentioned in several tributes.
“Stan Lee was extraordinary as the characters he created,” Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger said in a statement on Monday. “A superhero in his own right to Marvel fans around the planet, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain and to join. The scale of his creativity was only exceeded by the magnitude of his heart”
“No one has had an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said. Our thoughts are with his daughter, his loved ones and the millions of fans who have been touched by Stan’s genius, charisma and heart.”
“He felt an obligation to his fans to keep creating,” J.C. Lee told Reuters in a statement. “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.”
“There’ll not be another Stan Lee,” Chris Evans, who plays Captain America, tweeted. “For decades that he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and pleasure. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, therefore, so many lives.”
“[Rest in peace] my buddy,” Thor actor Chris Hemsworth wrote on Instagram, using an image of Lee at a Thor helmet. “Thank you for the amazing adventures your stories took all people . My love and support goes out to all your friends and family.”
Sharing a photo of him with Lee, Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr. stated on Instagram:”I owe everything for you. Rest in peace Stan.”
“Stan Lee’s imagination has held generations in its thrall,” Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays with Doctor Strange, said in a statement. “He had been a sort, generous and funny man and it was an honour to meet him. My love and thoughts to his loved ones.”
“We’ve lost a literary genius,” Hugh Jackman, who played Wolverine, tweeted. I’m pleased to have been a little part of his legacy and…. To have helped bring one of his characters to life.”
“Thank you for everything Stan Lee! What a lifetime, so well lived,” Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt stated on Twitter. “I consider myself incredibly blessed to have gotten to meet you and also to have played the entire world you made.”
“Just how many millions of us are indebted for this man, none more so than me,” Tom Holland, the brand new Spider-Man, wrote on Instagram. “The father of Marvel has made so many people so incredibly happy. What a lifetime and what a thing to have attained. Rest in peace Stan.”
“Stan Lee and Dr. Seuss and Ray Bradbury. That’s where it starts and ends with me,” Thanos celebrity Josh Brolin wrote on Instagram. “To those of us who’ve been so deeply affected by the humanity of his creativity, the comprehension of reaching beyond our potential and the requirement of tapping in our immeasurable imaginations, we thank you and are forever indebted. You made our time here a much better one.”
“What a guy. “When I broke into Hollywood, he welcomed me with open arms along with some very sage advice I Will forever take to center. A real icon who impacted generations around the world. Rush in love, my friend.”
“His contribution to pop culture has been revolutionary & can’t be overstated,” Mark Hamill tweeted. “He was all you expected he’d be & MORE. I adored this man & will never stop missing him. They say you should never meet a childhood idol. They are mistaken.”