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Comic book legend, Stan Lee passed away at age 95 Nov. 12. Responsible for the creation of a new genre and era of entertainment, the superhero creator left the entire world in mourning.
Hollywood took to social media to honor the legacy of Lee. Ryan Reynolds, who plays Marvel’s Deadpool, tweeted “Damn... RIP Stan. Thanks for everything.”
Chris Evans, AKA Captain America, wrote a tweet in dedication to Lee by stating, “There will never another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy.”
“THANK YOU, [Stan Lee]. You gave us characters that continue to stand the test of time and evolve with our consciousness,” said “Black Panther” actor, Winston Duke. “You taught us that there are no limits to our future as long as we have access to our imagination. Rest in power!”
Lee’s connection could be felt beyond the Marvel Universe, his influence reaching and connecting with those like Millie Bobby Brown, who shared her sympathy on social media, as well as her “Stranger Things” costar, Finn Wolfhard.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson posted on his Instagram account stating, “When I first broke into Hollywood, years ago he was so warm and welcoming to me – I’ll never forget it.”
Seth Rogen credited Lee with making people who are “different” feel special through his work.
Lee’s Marvel creations were Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Thor and the Hulk. The film adaptations of these comics became some of the most successful in the industry, not only in terms of high-grossing ticket sales, but also in the films’ positive reception by fans, soon creating a worldwide phenomenon. Lee has appeared in cameos of the Marvel films, a tradition that continued even after Disney bought out Marvel in 2009.
Lee’s comics went beyond the realm of books and movies. Universal Studios in Orlando has a dedicated Marvel Superhero Island that brings millions of visitors each year.
The Marvel Comic Con brings in over 200,000 people to each hosting city per year to celebrate the superhero universe.
“I used to be embarrassed because I was just a comic book writer while other people were building bridges or going on to medical careers,” said Lee in a quote posted on the Marvel website. “And then I began to realize: entertainment is one of the most important things in people's lives. Without it, they might go off the deep end. I feel that if you're able to entertain, you're doing a good thing.”
Lee’s creations have brought together dreamers of all ages from the youngest of children to the elderly. His legacy will continue to reach people in masses to celebrate his work. Excelsior!