Hugh Jackman paid tribute to Stan Lee live on air following the legendary writer’s death.
Lee sadly passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles yesterday (November 12). He was 95 years old.
The comic book writer and editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics assisted in the creation of many superheroes who have filled our movie screens in recent years, including Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and The Fantastic Four.
Take a look at the actor’s tribute to Lee here:
Jackman entered the Marvel Universe as Wolverine back in 2000, where he appeared in the original X-Men movie. Since then, he went on to appear in films like X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men: First Class, as well as The Wolverine and Logan.
The actor appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night after the news of Lee’s death was announced, where he spoke highly of the incredibly creative man and honoured his memory.
The Wolverine actor said:
Let me just say to the family and to the legions of fans that I remember Stan as a true gentleman who had this glint in his eye.
He’s a creative genius, he thought outside the box — he created a whole universe that changed the lives of many people, mine included.
Jackman fondly recalled a moment when Lee outshined him on the red carpet, explaining he’d arrived at ComicCon but not one of the 300 or so photographers or interviewers were interested in him because the legendary Spider-Man creator was also in the vicinity.
Stan, God bless you. You’re one of the greats.
As well as his televised tribute, Jackman shared a photo of himself and Lee to Instagram, calling him a ‘genius’.
He captioned the photo:
We’ve lost a creative genius. Stan Lee was a pioneering force in the superhero universe. I’m proud to have been a small part of his legacy and …. to have helped bring one of his characters to life.
Before Jackman joined him on screen, Stephen Colbert spoke some kind words of his own about ‘Stan the Man’, saying:
Today, the world lost a legend; Marvel Comics co-founder Stan Lee.
Thanks for all the stories Stan, and I know you’re hearing this a lot today, but, ‘Excelsior.’
Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, made clear how much the writer’s work affected the company, tweeting:
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.
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
Lee will be incredibly missed; our thoughts are with his friends, family and fans.
Rest in peace.
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