The pop culture world was dealt a huge blow today with the news that Stan Lee passed away at the age of 95.
And then I look at the way I know this guy has impacted everyone around me, from my co-workers who are equally wrecked as me, to my husband who grew up with a crush on Cyclops and is now legally obligated to participate in hours of post-movie analysis after we watch movies that feature Stan Lee cameos. One thing remained constant - his impish sense of humour in every appearance. Without it they might go off the deep end. "So I could hold my own with these professors, really smart people". He had help in designing the superheroes but he took full ownership of promoting them.
"Feige teased: "[I can say] very little when it comes to Eternals, but I will say your reaction about not being familiar with The Eternals is flawless because most people weren't familiar with Guardians and believe it or not there were people who were not familiar with Avengers or with Iron Man.
In the early "60s, Lee was called upon by his boss to create a series for Marvel Comics (Timely's new name) that could compete with rival DC Comics" hit title Justice League of America.
"Take Black Panther - people would talk about the importance of the movie and what a fearless thing it was for Walt Disney Studios to spend this kind of money on an nearly entirely African-American cast - which is entirely true".
Captain Marvel will be released in March while Spider-Man: Far From Home is set to debut in July.
In a legal settlement three years later, he received a US$10 million one-time payment. Though the success of the movies made the characters worth billions, Lee maintained that he saw little of that wealth.
"I don't have $200m".
Lee received a National Medal of Arts in 2008 "for his innovations that revolutionized American comic books".
Lee was born as Stanley Martin Lieber in NY on Dec 28, 1922, the son of Jewish immigrants from Romania. It was during his job that he started writing superhero scripts. Shortly after her death, Lee sued executives with POW! The superhero of dreams, imagination and creativity. But his wife urged him to give it one more shot and create the complex characters he wanted to, even if it led to his firing. For the unversed, Stan first made a cameo with X-Men and then it went about for most of the recent Marvel films. 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. "He created himself, in a way". He later moved to the West Coast to be involved in Marvel's film ventures and eventually became chairman emeritus.