The Avengers, Spider-Man, Thor, Hulk, Iron Man, the X-Men. Stan Lee was more than just a comic book writer – he was the living legend responsible who creating some of the world’s most recognisable superheroes. His contribution to the global pop culture landscape cannot be understated.
Many of his creations were first started through comic books, and through movies, more specifically those in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that characters he created, like Iron Man, Thor, Spider-Man, and Hulk, spread into the mainstream consciousness.
Here are some of the reactions from Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Fiege and some of the actors who played characters he created (and some he did not, but helped make popular):
Downey was pulled form career limbo and went on to become one of the biggest stars in the world, thanks to Iron Man and the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe it started.
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
Not enough kind words to post about my dear friend @TheRealStanLee
My life wouldn’t be the same without his incredible talent as a creator, storyteller and friend 👍🏽
— Lou Ferrigno (@LouFerrigno) November 12, 2018
Sad, sad day. Rest In Power, Uncle Stan. You have made the world a better place through the power of modern mythology and your love of this messy business of being human… pic.twitter.com/x6yZ6ClNSX
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) November 12, 2018
Damn… RIP Stan. Thanks for everything. pic.twitter.com/TMAaDJSOhh
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 12, 2018
After years of trying, and fighting, and pushing, Reynolds got Deadpool on the screen and has been reaping the benefits, ever since. And he was sure to keep Stan Lee’s alive in both of those films.
Sebastian Stan went from obscurity to international superstardom with his role as the Winter Soldier.
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
Hugh Jackman and Fox’s X-Men franchise set the stage for the MCU’s global dominance.