The death of comics legend Stan Lee has inspired memories from the comic-book universe and beyond on Monday as celebrities, fans and studio honchos alike remembered the man.
“No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige tweeted. “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!”
Hugh Jackman, who played Marvel’s Wolverine in a host of movies, remembered Lee as 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,” Jackman tweeted.
“How many millions of us are indebted to this guy, none more so than me,” said Tom Holland, who plays Spider-Man, posting on Instagram. “The father of Marvel has made so many people so incredibly happy. What a life and what a thing to have achieved.”
“Captain America” actor Chris Evans remembered Lee as a singular talent, one who “provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy” for decades.
“Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds said simply, “Damn... RIP Stan. Thanks for everything.”
There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) November 12, 2018
On the other hand, Jim Lee, DC Entertainment’s chief creative officer, had a lengthy remembrance posted on Instagram.
“Stan Lee gave so much to so many, but to me, a shy, awkward kid — growing up as an immigrant in a strange, new world — Stan Lee gave me the greatest gift of all. He gave me a place to escape into — an endless, imaginative playground filled with the most amazing, fantastic and uncanny heroes ever,” he wrote in part, including (like so many did) a photo of himself with the comics legend. “And through these characters, Stan Lee gave me my childhood and showed me the value of being different.”
Bob Iger, chairman and chief executive of the Walt Disney Company, said in a statement, “Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created. A super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect. The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart.”
Tom Rothman, chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group, gave a nod to Lee’s creation of the Spider-Man character. “Original and genius are two very overused words in the world today, but Stan was both. Add irrepressible and irreplaceable, and you begin to describe the man. We have all lost a true superhero,” he said in a statement. “We will greatly miss our friendly neighborhood Stan Lee.”
“He was the happy huckster that comics needed,” author Neil Gaiman tweeted. “And he really did alliterate like that when you talked to him.”
Read on for more tributes to Stan Lee.
His contribution to Pop Culture was revolutionary & cannot be overstated. He was everything you hoped he would be & MORE. I loved this man & will never stop missing him. They say you should never meet a childhood idol. They are wrong. #RIPStanTheMan pic.twitter.com/6OKH07ahJg— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 12, 2018
Thank you Stan Lee for making people who feel different realize they are special.— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) November 12, 2018
I was first interviewed for Stan Lee's obituary about 20 years ago. I was happy he defied the reaper and carried on. With Stan gone, an era really does come to an end. He was the happy huckster that comics needed. And he really did alliterate like that when you talked to him.— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) November 12, 2018
Rest In Peace Stan Lee— terry crews (@terrycrews) November 12, 2018
Stan Lee you will be missed. No one was ready for this.— Chris Conley (@_flight17_) November 12, 2018
Rest in peace, Stan Lee. The many worlds of imagination & delight you created for humanity will last forever.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 12, 2018
Born before Edwin Hubble discovered the expanding universe, he ultimately created an expanding universe of his own - one of scientifically literate superheroes such as Spider-Man , The Hulk, Iron Man, & Black Panther.— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) November 12, 2018
Stan Lee RIP: 1922 - 2018
wow... super upset to hear the news about Stan Lee😞— END CYBER BULLYING 2019 (@jakepaul) November 12, 2018
He was a huge inspiration of mine...
He may not be with us anymore but his content and creativity will live forever..
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