We all said goodbye to a true superhero this week and Marvel Studios is paying tribute with a touching video that celebrates the legacy he leaves behind. The tribute — posted on Tuesday from Marvel Entertainments official YouTube page — features footage of Lee throughout the years, as well as interviews with those who are part of the Marvel Comics brand.
Lee, who died at age 95 on Monday, co-created some of the most well-known comic heroes in the world and was one of the most influential voices in the comic book industry. Working with various artists, including frequent partner Jack Kirby, Lee co-created characters such as the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and more. As the tribute explains, Lees comic creations did more than just introduce exciting characters and storylines to Marvel Comics.
“Stans best creation was always Stan,” executive editor Tom Brevoort explains. “Stan . . . was somehow able to tap into his own larger-than-life, self-effacing, and self-aggrandizing at the same time personality.”
Speaking to Variety to pay tribute to the Marvel legend, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige confirmed that Lee had already shot several cameos prior to his passing, with Feige stating that: “Im not going to tell you what [cameos] specifically. But Stan always appreciated a good surprise.”
It was his capacity to create comics with relatable characters that made his titles stand out among any others. His heroes were brave and strong, but most of all, they were human. One bit of footage from the tribute shows Lee explaining his decision to create characters that were complex and flawed rather than the images of perfection that were previously standard. “Even if they have superpower, they have to be believable,” Lee says. “What they do has to be what any normal person would do in those situations.”
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“I wanted [readers] to feel like buying a Marvel book was like visiting an old friend,” Lee explains in another interview.
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As Marvel Comics began telling their stories on different mediums, expanding to television and movies, Lee became more of a public figurehead. He went from creating the stories behind the scenes to appearing at conventions, playing active roles in TV adaptations, and eventually being known for his numerous cameos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His work spans several generations and changed how people saw comics and the world.
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As Vice President of Content and Character Development Sana Amanat says, “His ideology was very clear, it was very black-and-white: Lean into the light as much as you can, even if theres darkness all around you.”
After making an appearance in almost every Marvel movie to date, Stan Lee has since gone on to make cameos in films from Disney, Kevin Smith, and even DC Comics. But there was some pushback against one of his earliest roles from the original Spider-Man movie with Tobey Maguire.
The last two days have seen comic book readers from all parts of the globe sing the praises of Stan Lee, who died on Monday at the age of 95. Lees jaunty disposition and memorable catchphrases made him a highly sought-after guest at conventions and other speaking engagements. As fans, were all heartbroken over the loss of someone who meant the world to us, even if we never knew him personally. But perhaps we can take solace in knowing the feeling was definitely mutual. A new video posted to his Twitter account today shows Lee doing his best to sum up exactly what his fans meant to him. You can hear what he had to say below.
Director Sam Raimi revealed to the Hollywood Reporter that he was initially against the idea of Lee appearing, telling the producer that Lee couldnt act.