The world bids farewell to comic Marvel, Stan Lee.
Stan Lee began writing comics in 1939. He has helped create several iconic characters like Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, and the Fantastic Four. Lee died today at the age of 95.
Stan Lee helped make these heroes real, approachable. He created heroes that lived in our world. Fought for us in our towns. He brought them to New York and kept us connected to the stories through their humanity instead of their superpowers. People identified with Parker and Banner because they were firstly human and capable of making mistakes.
Through the success of the MCU, Stan brought even more fans to the fold. He famously appeared in remarkably mundane cameos in each one of the films. Fans would cheer when Stan Lee showed up on screen, whether he had a line or not. He became even more of an icon, because he made himself visible.
The last few years were difficult for the Marvel. He grieved the loss of his wife, fought legal and health battles. He also had to stop appearing in new films. But his legacy continues.
Stan Lee created worlds that allowed people to escape into something fantastic. They created a home for people who didn’t feel like they had one. Lee’s comics and characters brought people together when everything around them fought to divide them.
Excelsior, Mr. Lee.