It is indeed a mourning Monday for Marvel fans worldwide with the tragic passing of Stan Lee.
Lee defined and redefined the comic-book superhero genre with iconic characters such as the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man (‘With great power comes great responsibility), the Hulk (‘a man with breath-taking anger management issues’ that you wouldn’t like when he becomes angry yet his secret is that he’s always angry), the X-Men (who have the best with Wolverine, who’s the best at what he does, but it isn’t always very nice), Iron Man (the armored alter-ego of billionaire-playboy-genius-philanthropist Tony Stark), Daredevil (aka the Man without Fear), Black Panther (“Wakanda Forever!”), Doctor Strange (aka the Sorcerer Supreme), the Guardians of the Galaxy (the team of intergalactic misfits and outlaws with the reputation of doing “something good, something bad”), the assembly of the Avengers as “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” and so on.
Over the last ten years, Lee and Marvel have been dominating – and Hulk smashing – the box office with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and 2018 is no exception with Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War. The latter won three People’s Choice Awards on Sunday that includes Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow) as “Female Movie Star”, as Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther) took home the honor of “Male Movie Star.”
Lee made cameos in the MCU that includes 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, where his character was delivering a package to “Tony Stank”. He also appeared as himself on CBS’ The Big Bang Theory.
Lee is survived by his daughter J.C. Joan, his wife of 69 years, died last year.