Marvel legend Stan Lee has passed away and here’s how celebs reacted
You may not be an OG and read the Marvel comics but you have seen the movies — a franchise which has turned into an entire Marvel Cinematic Universe spanning 20 films released so far since Ironman in 2008. Marvel, on the other hand, a comics company started by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, began its life in 1961 with The Fantastic Four.
Lee became quite a legend and was key to the creation of Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor and many other superheroes. Under his hand, many felt the stories had his colourful voice, leading to stories filled with social issues of the current times and characters who found strength where it matters most and thus making them worthy. And yet, there was also that touch of Stan Lee humour, evident even in his cameo appearances in all of the Marvel movies. All in all, they became stories of hope for many readers.
According to TMZ, he was rushed to the hospital early Monday morning but passed away there. Lee had been suffering several illnesses over the past year. He is survived by his daughter, J.C while his wife, Joan, had died in 2017.
Here's how some celebrities have reacted to his death.
Robert Downey Jr. aka Ironman
Chris Evans aka Captain America
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
Chris Pratt aka Star-Lord/Peter Quill of Guardians of the Galaxy
Thanks for everything Stan Lee! What a life, so well lived. I consider myself extraordinarily lucky to have gotten to meet you and to have played in the world you created.— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) November 12, 2018
Mark Ruffalo aka The Hulk
Ryan Reynolds aka Deadpool
Damn... RIP Stan. Thanks for everything. pic.twitter.com/TMAaDJSOhh— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 12, 2018
Samuel L. Jackson aka Nick Fury
Thank you @TheRealStanLee for the escape from this world & great joy inhabiting the ones you created!! You made so many believe in the good, the heroic, the villainous, the exciting, most of all, you were giving & gracious to us all. RIP— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) November 12, 2018
Zoe Saldana aka Gamora of Guardians of the Galaxy
Tom Holland aka Spider-Man
Hugh Jackman aka Wolverine
We’ve lost 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. #StanLee #Wolverine pic.twitter.com/iOdefi7iYz— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) November 12, 2018
Karen Gillan aka Nebula of Guardians of the Galaxy
Letitia Wright aka Shuri of Black Panther
Rest in Peace Stan Lee— Letitia Wright (@letitiawright) November 12, 2018
DC, rival company
He changed the way we look at heroes, and modern comics will always bear his indelible mark. His infectious enthusiasm reminded us why we all fell in love with these stories in the first place. Excelsior, Stan.— DC (@DCComics) November 12, 2018
At age 7, I drew this weird portrait of Stan Lee and asked my Mom to send it to him. Thankfully she didn't because 30+ years later, I got to give it to the great one in person. Thanks for all the fun Stan #Excelsior pic.twitter.com/IpfYBSjWyf— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) November 12, 2018
RIP dear Stan Lee. Thank you for being a real-life superhero to many.