Coming as a big shock to everyone, Marvel’s biggest and most famous comic book writer Stan Lee has passed away. He was taken to Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Monday, after he suffered a medical emergency, and was declared dead shortly afterwards, by Kirk Schenck, an attorney for Lee’s daughter, J.C. Lee.
The writer was the creator of immortal superhero characters like X-Men, Avengers, and Black Panther, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and the Hulk.
There’s no need to tell you how much famous the Marvel comics and movies are at the moment, and it’s all because of Stan Lee, who gave us characters so intriguing and awesome that we made them our icons, and inspirational symbols. In the 1960s he revolutionized the Marvel comics into a cultural phenomenon by writing and creating those stories which were socially relevant. The way people look at superhero movies today is so different and greatly motivational, and most of the credit goes to Lee.
Marvel Cinematic Universe has become a force to reckon with in a decade that saw a franchise rising like no other. And Stan Lee was always there behind every movie, as a guide and mentor, because it’s his own created world, after all, no doubt of course.
Lee was considered as an architect of the contemporary comic book, as a writer and later as a publisher at Marvel comics. He brought various themes to the comic book stories like college level dialogues, sophisticated plots, satire, sci-fi, and even philosophy too. He considered comic book medium as an art form and came up with a new comic book every day for 10 years.
But Spider-Man is one character who has become so much integral to everyone’s life that it’s hard to even imagine thinking about superheroes and no Spider-Man. He scripted most of the comics himself during the 60s, like Avengers and the X-Men—the two most popular Marvel comic book storylines.
In 1972 he became Marvel’s publisher and editorial director, and four years later, 72 million copies of Spider-Man were sold.
Telling about superheroes, in an interview with The Associated Press in 2006, he said, “I think everybody loves things that are bigger than life… I think of them as fairy tales for grown-ups. We all grew up with giants and ogres and witches. Well, you get a little bit older and you’re too old to read fairy tales. But I don’t think you ever outgrow your love for those kinds of things, things that are bigger than life and magical and very imaginative.”
Hopes are certain that there will be a definite cameo of him, in both Captain Marvel and Avengers 4, slated to release next year. It will be emotionally great to see that. Just hope it turns out to be that way.