Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, Hulk, and nearly every Marvel Superhero, has passed.
While the cause of death has not yet been confirmed, Lee’s family has confirmed the comic visionary’s passing. Lee was responsible for the creation of numerous Marvel Superheroes, and has long been considered the father of the Superhero world. In more recent years Lee has grown to wider fame thanks to the influx of Superhero films. HE has had cameos in ever Marvel Superhero film from the first X-Men and Spider-Man films in the early 2000’s to this fall’s Venom. He’s also had small roles and cameos in other features and TV shows including Kevin Smith’s Mall Rats, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, and Fresh Off The Boat.
Beyond the fact that he created the heroes that have become the heavyweights of the Box Office in recent years, Lee was someone who loved the world comics, and was always heavily invested in it’s culture. He was the Editor in Chief for Marvel comics for years, would attend conventions around the world throughout most of his life, and would take part in various Documentaries and specials about the medium. Even in his final years, Stan was still creating, primarily through his company POW Entertainment.
For those of us who have grown up with comics and superheroes, Stan Lee has always been a beacon of hope. A reminder that that there is good in this world, and that one person can make a difference. That was one of the greatest lessons he always tried to teach with his stories, and what made them so important. His characters were never perfect. They were always flawed people, trying to make the world a better place, even if it wasn’t easy for them. The X-Men would face discrimination for being different, but would still save all of humanity. Spider-Man would have the flu, and an exam to study for, and still stop someone from blowing up New York.
Stan always wanted us to know that we were all capable of being a hero in our own way. That no matter where we came from, what we looked like, what horrible things we had experienced, we can always make a difference. In the end that will always be his legacy. And with any luck it will continue to inspire new generations of fans for the next 95 years.
Thank you Stan for everything you’ve given us.