I was shocked to hear the news of Stan Lee’s death this morning. His death yesterday had left the Marvel Comics fans across the world and artistes who have played Marvel characters in all the recent popular Marvel superhero films in grief. His passing away was met with a wave of tributes, including Marvel stars and friends Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Tom Holland, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Lawrence, Ryan Reynolds, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and many more.
Stan Lee, born on December 28, 1922 was an American comic book writer, editor, producer, and publisher. He was the Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics, and later its publisher and chairman, leading its expansion from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation. In collaboration with several artists—particularly Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko—he co-created fictional characters including Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Black Panther, the X-Men, and—with his brother, co-writer Larry Lieber—the characters Ant-Man, Iron Man, and Thor. Besides that, he pioneered a more complex approach to writing superheroes comics in the 1960s and revolutionized them by introducing superheroes designed to appeal to older readers than the predominantly child audiences of the medium.
Following his retirement from Marvel, he remained a public figurehead for the company, and frequently made cameo appearances in movies based on Marvel characters. Meanwhile, he continued independent creative ventures into his 90s until his death. He died due to pneumonia yesterday (November 12, 2018) at the age of 95.
I always enjoyed all his interesting cameo appearances in almost all of the Marvel films. He would appear out of sudden in a scene for just a few seconds that would certainly tickle the excitement of Marvel fans. We would see his cameo for Marvel films next year too such as the much anticipated Avengers 4 (as he had already filmed them this year), but after that, we would no longer be able to look out for his cameo anymore. That’s sad. The person who co-created some of our most favourite fictional superheroes had left us and he will be forever remembered for being one of the legends behind Marvel, an icon. Rest in peace, Stan Lee.
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