Stan Lee dead, Hollywood remembers comic legend

15 November, 2018, 08:10 | Author: Conrad Doyle
  • Comic book creator and executive producer Stan Lee poses on a motorcycle at the world premiere of the film

The co-creator of Marvel Comics created numerous most recognisable superhero characters around today, from Spider-Man and Iron Man to Black Panther and Thor.

Last month in Shanghai, at the first Stan Lee Comic Universe event held in China, Marvel unveiled a brand-new Chinese superhero that Lee had modeled on Chinese pop star G.E.M. (Get Everybody Moving). A floral wreath also appeared, complete with a black sash and the comic book writer's name written in gold. One thing remained constant - his impish sense of humour in every appearance.

Stan was seen playing a World War II general at a press conference. He spoke to BrandeisNOW about Lee's legacy.

In a statement, Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company said Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created.

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Netizen's expressed their sadness, with one Weibo user writing, "I recently saw Stan Lee in the movie Venom, and then heard the news about his passing".

Marvel's "Black Panther" and 'Avengers: Infinity War, ' pulled in more than three billion Dollars in global ticket sales. In the 1960s, Lee brought a new wit and intelligence and psychological insight into what were basically one-dimensional characters stuck in a two-dimensional medium. When you're 3, 4, 5 years old, you read about giants and witches and monsters and things like that. They were all superheroes second, and those first few issues of FF treated the quartet more like survivors in a horror story than do-gooders. What was so new about this? The "Hulk" actor Mark Ruffalo, via Twitter. His comics speak to tolerance. His greatest superpower? His imagination. His comics were a very progressive force.

"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".

Stan described the other party guests asking who this weird guy with a ponytail who's able to talk equally vague about social justice and mythology. How was it that this resonated with so many people?

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Today the world has lost its most iconic and celebrated personality in the world of entertainment and comic. It was his marketing savvy that knew he could promote his lesser-selling superhero comics by having them cross over with the Fantastic Four, thus creating a shared superhero universe - the Marvel Universe - that is still going 57 years later.

For about two decades now we've seen Lee's comic creations - and the lessons they were meant to teach - in blockbuster live-action films.

They're both equally influential. Lee's other fictional characters - created with Kirby, Ditko, Bill Everett, Don Heck and Larry Lieber, among others - included Daredevil, the Avengers, Doctor Strange and Mighty Thor. But I still can't believe it. Thank you for making us smile, shaping the heroes we look up to and in the midst of silence becoming our biggest hero.

That "MC" stood for Marvel Comics. I heard that he always appeared in a cameo role in Marvel movies.

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The films don't score to the extent they do because of special effects. Some of us get exhausted with the 20-minute fight scene at the end of these superhero movies because we're more interested in seeing the characters struggle through their problems.


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