Stan Lee, the creator/co-creator of so many popular MARVEL Comics characters, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the Fantastic Four, has died at the age of 95.
No one can argue that Stan Lee’s presence in the comic book industry was a major influence in the growth and popularity of superhero comics at Marvel. He helped create or co-create so many characters, including iconic characters such as Spider-Man (with Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby), the Fantastic Four (with Jack Kirby), and the X-Men (with Jack Kirby), that his wikipedia page split the list of characters into two sections.
Despite his age, he didn’t shy away from the public eye, meeting and greeting fans as much as he could, when his health permitted. If you’re a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he had a cameo in almost every Marvel movie ever made, especially even in October’s Venom movie. (Unfortunately, he will be be appearing in the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix film.)
He was well respected among cast, crew, writers, artists, and fans so much so that he was unofficially given the moniker of “Uncle Stan,” a term of endearment among many.
After the announcement was made, many of the celebrities involved in Marvel movies gave their respects.
You let us be extra human… superhuman even. I am deeply honored to have been a small part in the Stan Lee constellation. pic.twitter.com/qmCrNHXUy1
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) November 12, 2018
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!!
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) November 12, 2018
You were a man before your time… now it feels like you are gone before your time. RIP Stan the Man… thanks for the laughs and words of support. It’s a honor to live in your universe! #MarvelKnight pic.twitter.com/1TXdPqUB3x
— Anthony Mackie (@AnthonyMackie) November 12, 2018
— Karl Urban (@KarlUrban) November 12, 2018
Stan Lee created a universe where, if a character was beloved enough, they could never really die.
Now THAT’S thinking ahead.
Thanks for so much of my life. You’ll never not be in it.
— Joss Whedon (@joss) November 12, 2018
— Angela Bassett (@ImAngelaBassett) November 12, 2018
“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created. A super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect." –Bob Igerhttps://t.co/pLTKx1R0dF pic.twitter.com/Uj9fqHpZXg
— Disney (@Disney) November 12, 2018
No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee. Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all. Our thoughts are with his daughter, his family, and his millions of fans. #ThankYouStan #Excelsior!
— Kevin Feige (@Kevfeige) November 12, 2018
He changed the way we look at heroes, and modern comics will always bear his indelible mark. His infectious enthusiasm reminded us why we all fell in love with these stories in the first place. Excelsior, Stan.
— DC (@DCComics) November 12, 2018
Goodnight Stan pic.twitter.com/XQzNnUtAeM
— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) November 12, 2018
Thank you for filling our childhoods with such joy. You will be dearly, dearly missed… pic.twitter.com/Qt2sZqaNlc
— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) November 12, 2018
RIP Stan. Thank you for your brilliance. pic.twitter.com/FIZEt2B5vN
— Karen Gillan (@karengillan) November 12, 2018
Stan…more than a master of stories, you always seemed like a master of living. I will look to you for inspiration for the rest of my life. You live on. xoxo Your Wasp
#liveon #StanLee pic.twitter.com/JRA2aRM3bG
— Evangeline Lilly (@EvangelineLilly) November 12, 2018
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Taking a moment to thank the great @therealstanlee for his kindness and it was a huge honor to be part of your universe. The experience I had on #thefantasticfour playing #suestorm #invisiblewoman was so meaningful as a young actress and made a huge impact on me. We will miss you #StanLee #Legend #Excelsior
Thank you @TheRealStanLee for the escape from this world & great joy inhabiting the ones you created!! You made so many believe in the good, the heroic, the villainous, the exciting, most of all, you were giving & gracious to us all. RIP
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) November 12, 2018
Now that was a life well lived and lived to its fullest. Excelsior! 1922-2018
Thank you Stan Lee, from all your fans.
— Paul Bettany (@Paul_Bettany) November 12, 2018
Thank you Stan Lee, for your dedication to your craft and your motivation to keep doing what you did, even when others looked down on you for it. You are an inspiration and your legacy will live on. Excelsior!
Stan Lee is survived by his two daughters. He will be reunited with his wife, who died last year.