TMZ is reporting that Marvel Comics mastermind Stan Lee, one of the most important and recognizable figures in the industry, has died at the age of 95.
Though the cause of his death is still not known, TMZ says “an ambulance rushed to Lee’s Hollywood Hills home early Monday morning and he was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. We’re told that’s where he died.”
They confirmed his death with his daughter, J.C. “My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man,” she said in a statement.
Said Disney CEO Bob Iger:
@TheRealStanLee was as extraordinary as the characters he created. A super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect. The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart. pic.twitter.com/VQQ44jjrA7
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) November 12, 2018
Other’s from the Marvel family also responded to the sad news:
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) November 12, 2018
There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) November 12, 2018
No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee. Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all. Our thoughts are with his daughter, his family, and his millions of fans. #ThankYouStan #Excelsior!
— Kevin Feige (@Kevfeige) November 12, 2018
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) November 12, 2018
Damn… RIP Stan. Thanks for everything. pic.twitter.com/TMAaDJSOhh
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 12, 2018
You were a man before your time… now it feels like you are gone before your time. RIP Stan the Man… thanks for the laughs and words of support. It’s a honor to live in your universe! #MarvelKnight pic.twitter.com/1TXdPqUB3x
— Anthony Mackie (@AnthonyMackie) November 12, 2018
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. #StanLee #Wolverine pic.twitter.com/iOdefi7iYz
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) November 12, 2018
He changed the way we look at heroes, and modern comics will always bear his indelible mark. His infectious enthusiasm reminded us why we all fell in love with these stories in the first place. Excelsior, Stan.
— DC (@DCComics) November 12, 2018
According to EW, Lee did not shoot a cameo for the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Whether or not he shot one for the fourth Avengers movie is still a mystery, but we know that several Avengers stars have already completed filming. So, it’s quite possible that Lee already completed his cameo.
Lee helped Marvel Comics go mainstream in the 1960’s by creating colorful heroes that could appeal to large audiences. In recent years Lee enjoyed a steady movie career, making a cameo in every MCU film to date. He even had a cameo in the recent Spider-Man game for Playstation 4.
His contributions to the comic industry cannot be overstated. With Kirby, Bill Everett and Steve Ditko, Lee created Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Black Panther, the X-Men, and countless others.
Lee has had a few health issues in recent years and was hospitalized earlier this year. He lost his wife of 69 years, Joan, last year. He is survived by his brother Larry Lieber and his daughter J.C.
For those who are interested in learning more about the legend, might we recommend his excellent autobiography.