MCU projects become memorable for their endearing characters and marvelous cinematography. Aside from these elements, Marvel movies, especially the older ones, remain iconic because of the fun cameos legendary comic-book creator Stan Lee took part in. Four years after his death, fans took to social media to celebrate what could have been his 100th birthday.
Lee passed away at age 95 on November 12, 2018. He was born on December 28, 1922, in Manhattan, New York, United States, and began his roots in the family business called Timely Publications, which later became Marvel Studios. He took part in the creation of superheroes such as Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Ant-Man, the Wasp, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, the Scarlet Witch, and Black Widow.
See fans’ tribute to Lee below:
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Despite the comic writer's being known for his Marvel projects, in the early 2000s, Lee worked with DC to publish a series of Just Imagine books. Just Imagine was a series of re-imagined DC superheroes as different versions of themselves, including Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Aquaman, the Green Lantern, the Flash, and Shazam. To honor Lee, DC returned to Just Imagine on December 27 with the release of Tales from Earth-6: A Celebration of Stan Lee.
James Gunn, the former MCU director and now co-CEO of DC Studios, took to Twitter to honor Lee on his birthday, penning a short, simple message in remembrance of his friend, "Happy 100th Birthday to Stan Lee. You are missed, my friend."
Disney+ also announces Lee's tribute documentary, which will premiere in 2013 and feature exclusive interviews from MCU stars such as Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans to share their stories about their experience working with the legend. It is also expected to show Lee’s humble beginnings as a comic creator.
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The announcement wrote, "100 years of dreaming. 100 years of creating. 100 years of Stan Lee. Stan Lee, an Original documentary, is streaming 2023 on Disney+." Watch the trailer below:
His passing doesn’t mean Lee is gone from the MCU. Phase 4 entries like She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and WandaVision all had references tied to the late comic book writer. A past report also revealed that the studios signed a 20-year deal with Lee to use the likeness and name of the comic creator in Marvel’s production, allowing him to have a consistent presence in the franchise.
Lee may not be physically present here anymore, but his contribution to the cinematic world will forever be celebrated and remembered.