Tributes to 'true legend' Stan Lee as Marvel maestro dies aged 95

As fans everywhere mourn the passing of Stan Lee, one question remains: will the late Marvel icon have a cameo in the upcoming "Avengers" sequel?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stan Lee passed away today after being rushed to the hospital.

In his later years, Lee suffered from numerous medical and legal issues.

The legendary editor and publisher, whose countless Marvel Comics creations spawned an entertainment empire, was born Stanley Martin Lieber in New York City in 1922. With Stan at its helm, Timely Comics morphed first into Atlas Comics and then into the name that would catapult it into legend and forever be synonymous with Stan Lee: Marvel Comics.

Outside of the Marvel universe, Lee also found some success with his "Superhumans" TV show. Lee was inducted into the comic book industry's Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1995.

At the time of his death, Stan Lee worked for Marvel for over 65 years, and as of 2017, his net worth was $50 million. "Stan Lee was a pioneering force in the superhero universe". Earlier this year, Lee sued his former business manager after an exposé alleged that the comic creator was the victim of elder abuse.

Chris Evans, who played Captain America, tweeted: "There will never be another Stan Lee".

The remembrances weren't limited to those who'd brought Lee's visions to life on the screen, but also included many who had grown up with his work on the page. "He was the greatest, most decent man", his daughter told the website. As people loved the comic characters, the comics were later turned into superhero movies which were reportedly made after Disney acquired Marvel in a 4-billion-dollar deal in 2009. Along the way, he helped create scores of memorable heroes, including Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four - heroes who had godlike powers but were still devastatingly human.

  • Gwendolyn Kim