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The revolutionary Imagineer, Stan Lee has passed away at the age of 95. Many of the actors and actresses that Stan picked to bring his vision to life have all displayed their mourning and gratitude towards the legend. If you didn’t already know, Stan Lee is a comic book writer and co-creator of Marvel, bringing you movies such as Captain America: The First Avenger, Iron Man, The Amazing Spider-man, & many more.
In 1939, Stan Lee was hired at Timely Comics not knowing that this would turn into Marvel Comics. Stan worked closely with Jack Kirby, who also co-created a lot of the characters seen today. Together, they wrote and illustrated characters such as X-Men, Fantastic Four, Spider-man, Hulk, and many more. By 1972, Marvel had become a highly popular franchise and Stan later moved to the west coast to be a part of all the multimedia projects. Stan built many relationships and networks once Marvel started creating its movies. It was like Marvel was a big pecan pie and everybody wanted a slice of it. In result, there is a range of people that have come together and made one large family known as the Marvel Universe.
Many of the people who were able to join the Marvel franchise such as Hugh Jackman & Robert Downey Jr have expressed how Stan Lee brought them up and made their career into what it is now. Robert Downey Jr. tweeted “I owe it all to you... Rest in peace Stan” and Jackman also proceeded to tweet "We’ve lost a creative genius. Stan Lee was a pioneering force in the superhero universe. I’m proud to have been a small part of his legacy and...to have helped bring one of his characters to life."
It brings tears of joy to see how Stan brought a ray of different characters into one universe and then brought it all to life with such aptitude and artistry. It is very surprising because Stan went on to say in an interview that he really wasn't that interested in superheroes; any guy working for a living and bringing up his family is a superhero to him. Stan brought incredible yet relatable heroes to the eyes of the viewers which is why they were loved so dearly. In my opinion, this is why these Marvel heroes stick more to people opposed to other superheroes that are more unrealistic and untouchable. It touches us as viewers more when we can relate on some level with the hero. As revealed by characters like Iron Man, Spider-man, and Doctor Strange. Doctor Strange gained his powers but he had to understand that he needed to put his ego aside to reach his true potentials. Spider-man gained his powers after being bit by a radioactive spider but he still had to teach himself how to deal with girls and bullying. Iron Man even being a genius before and after building his iconic suit, had to learn and also went on to teach Spider-man, that if you are nothing without the suit then you should not have it. As well as relatability, Stan also displayed diversity in his heroes in a time where diversity was not wanted and brought everybody the common understanding that they were all good people trying to make the world a better place.
In short, Stan Lee revolutionized the industry and how to bring visions to life. He taught us that you can take wherever you are in life and bring it to where you want to be. His life was nothing short of an inspiration and impact on everybody’s lives, bringing them household names and heroes much like himself.