The late Stan Lee touched innumerable lives, and his body of work will no doubt continue to excite and inspire countless more long after his death.
However, the Marvel Universe will never be quite the same without Stan’s expansive and ever active imagination, his wisecracking cameos and his electrifying energy.
And for those who were fortunate to work alongside the great comicbook writer, the loss has proven profound on a deeply personal level.
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, and Jeremy Renner — aka the original Avengers – assembled to pen an emotional tribute to Stan; praising his unique creativity and wit.
The Avengers stars placed an ad in The Hollywood Reporter, with an emotional message written over the Avengers logo:
We acknowledge his creative contribution, the thousands of men and women it has long employed, the millions that will continue to be entertained, and above all, his inimitable wit, grace, and humility.
Stan, we love you, we will miss you, we’re grateful to represent a small part of your amazing legacy.
— Matthew Belloni (@THRMattBelloni) November 14, 2018
The November 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter includes six full-page tribute ads honouring Stan, each offering a different perspective on the beloved legend.
DC Entertainment wrote:
DC mourns the loss of our treasured friend and visionary Stan Lee.
Stan’s greatest legacy of all may be that he made even the smallest of us feel like heroes. ‘Nuff said.
Former Marvel Productions president and CEO Margaret Loesch wrote:
Stan – Dear friend, mentor and colleague for 38 years.
Uniquely gifted, keenly intelligent, enthusiastic, generous, always a gentleman. You will forever be missed. Maggie.
Sony Pictures Entertainment described Stan as an ‘incomparable friend’, while 20th Century Fox wrote, ‘Your heroes may have saved the world, but you changed it’.
The Nov. 14 issue of @THR has 6 full-page Tribute Ads to honor Stan Lee. The tributes are from Marvel, DC Entertainment, Disney, Fox, Sony. I especially love the one from the original 6 Avengers of the MCU. Here’s 4 of the 6 tributes. ♥️ https://t.co/NtQIj8xPJM pic.twitter.com/S6qmZQuNTl
— Lucie Hawley (@LucieLou1313) November 15, 2018
Stan died on November 12, 2018 at the age of 95. Despite his advanced age, he remained committed to his work until the very end.
In 2016 Stan told The Hollywood Reporter why a relaxing retirement had never appealed to him:
When you retire, you have a chance to do all the things you’ve always wanted to do.
I’ve been doing all the things I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve always wanted to be involved in entertaining people.
Stan had a cameo part in each and every Marvel Cinematic Universe film to date. These were a fond and eagerly anticipated part of the viewing experience, even sparking fan theories, including one that he plays Uatu the Watcher which was kind of confirmed by Kevin Feige last year.
His cameos ranged from a World War II veteran to a postman, an astronaut to a grumpy neighbour. Although brief, his famous cameos often won the biggest laugh of the movie.
A highly respected figure among Marvel’s dedicated fanbase, Stan only stopped appearing at conventions and public signings back in August 2018.
Stan is survived by his daughter Joan Celia.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Stan Lee at this difficult time.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.