Marvel Cinematic Universe stars pay tribute to Stan Lee

Comic book creator and executive producer Stan Lee appeared in cameos in many of the Marvel Universe movies

DANNY MOLOSHOKComic book creator and executive producer Stan Lee appeared in cameos in many of the Marvel Universe movies

Tributes have poured in to Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee, who has died aged 95.

Soon after the sad news was announced, Chris Evans took to Twitter to celebrate Lee's contribution to pop culture. According to a family lawyer, Stan Lee passed away in hospital in Los Angeles yesterday.

Lee had suffered several illnesses in the past year. The comics legend had undergone some health issues over the past few years, and he is survived by his daughter J.C.

Marvel as we know it today was founded by Stan Lee, alongside Jack Kirby in 1961. In 1972, Lee stopped writing monthly comic books to become Marvel's figurehead and public face.

Disney, who acquired Marvel nearly a decade ago, released a statement from CEO Bob Iger that read, "Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created". In 2002, he was forced to sue the company for royalties he was owed for the first three Spider-Man movies (the films with Tobey Maguire). Today, it would be nearly impossible to find a corner of the Marvel Universe that Stan didn't have a hand in.

Guardians of the Galaxy star Zoe Saldana also posted an on-set image of Lee, director James Gunn, and herself on-set, and called him an "inspiration and superhero to us all".

As you can see, Lee's influence on generation after generation of fans and creators transcended age, social boundaries, genre preferences, and loyalties to any particular comics or movie universe. "Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all".

Disney bought Marvel Entertainment in 2009, and Lee made cameo appearances in nearly every Marvel movie. "He was the greatest, most decent man", she said in a statement. Black Panther stars Letitia Wright and Winston Duke paid tribute to the Marvel boss, as well as Tom Holland. "I'm standing in a bar with him and he's drinking this Asgardian drink, which is very powerful, and I ask for a sip and he says, 'No, it would kill you, ' and I insist".

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