Excelsior! Stan Lee – Marvel’s Comic Book Legend

Written by Perry Wyatt |


After Avengers: Infinity War emotionally destroyed me, I was not ready to hear that Stan Lee had passed away at the age of 95. Marvel films will not be the same without his cameos and the heroes that he helped bring into the world will stand as testament to the comic hero that he was.


I am heartbroken by his death. To me, and to so many other comic nerds, he is an immortal figure, quintessential to the comic world.


Stan Lee at the premiere of the Sony film ‘Spider-Man 2’ on June 22, 2004. (Vince Bucci | Getty Images)


Born Stanley Martin Lieber, Stan Lee – alongside other comic legends, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko – helped assemble a team of comic heroes that include the likes of Spider-Man, The Hulk, The Fantastic Four, Thor, The X-Men, and Daredevil. This was a breath of new life into Marvel Comics – bringing new stories and new heroes into the world that have grown up with generations of fans.


Marvel were able to overtake their main rival DC in both sales and popularity given the legion of heroes that were created, capturing the public’s imagination. The “Marvel Cinematic Universe” (MCU) has expanded enormously with the success of most of Marvel’s movies and television enterprises alongside their continuous comic-book series. Many of their heroes have become household names with much merchandise, literature (both fan-made and official), and games made in honour of their favourite characters.


Marvel’s Daredevil – Courtesy of Netflix


Marvel Entertainment. Sony: Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).


I didn’t get into superheroes until I had seen Tobey Maguire in the first Spider-Man (2002) movie years after its original release. Perhaps it was because I was young, but I loved the idea of getting superpowers – even if the option was on the cards today, would you say no? I definitely wouldn’t. I’ll bet the idea would’ve crossed your mind too if you have seen any superhero movies; maybe even imagine a few powers for yourself too. Since then, I have watched almost everything Marvel has produced, and I subscribe to a few of their comics myself.


Upcoming films include the epic finale to this Avengers series with Avengers 4 (yet to be given an actual name, though my bet is Avengers: Annihilationor something similarly edgy based off interviews and various online chatter). As well as the legendary Captain Marvel (2019) which I am so excited about as finally we get a female Marvelhero solo film! Even sooner than that though, is the animated movie, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Versewhich focuses on Miles Morales’ Spider-Man and the other manifestations of Spider-Man and their mission to save their universes from collapsing.


Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse.Marvel Entertainment. Sony Pictures Digital Productions. (2018)


Stan Lee helped shape extraordinary, fictional individuals and their unique worlds in a way that has help shape the way comics and comic-book films that exist today. As people and celebrities alike honour ‘Stan the Man’ for his comic book genius, I just want to say thanks. Without you Stan Lee, I would have never gotten into this unique fiction, your stories inspired my daydreams and my own work.


You were one of my heroes.

Rest in peace.





Featured Image: Stan Lee – Excelsior by Gage Skidmore