Stan Lee, the former editor-in-chief, publisher, and chairman of Marvel comics has passed away at the age of 95.
Lee started working in comic books in 1939, quickly developing a mission statement to add more depth to the world of superheroes dominated by do-gooders with uncomplicated motivations. He saw an opportunity to develop superheroes with flaws and pathos, struggling with demons both personal and actual. Lee used this foundation to found Marvel comics in 1961 with Jack Kirby and the two created some of the most well-known and well-loved characters in media today.
Creating or having a hand in creating properties like Spider-Man, Black Panther, Iron Man, and more establishes a legacy for the comics giant that few will ever be able to measure up to.
Stan Lee also happily took part in almost every Marvel movie, whether he created the character or not, with usually a single-scene cameo. In the original Blade, his scene was actually deleted, something that definitely does not happen in modern cameos. While it is unknown how far ahead Lee’s scenes are usually filmed, it is likely that he will still be making appearances in Captain Marvel and Avengers 4 next year.
Our thoughts and condolences are with Lee’s family.