Watch 30 years worth of brilliant Stan Lee cameos in just 10 minutes
Yesterday, the world was saddened to learn of the death of Marvel comic book creator Stan Lee. A man whose legend is rivaled only by the likes of Hugh Hefner, he created some of the most iconic superhero characters in existence - including Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Black Panther, and the X-Men to name but a few.
Starting out his career in 1939 at the age of just 17, Lee worked his way up from being an assistant at the new Timely Comics to the editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, and later its publisher, and chairman. He was ultimately responsible for transforming Marvel from a small publishing house to one of the largest multimedia corporations in the world.
Because of the popularity of his creations, it wasn't long before they made their way onto the big screen and cemented their place in cinematic history too. And it was then that Lee's penchant for having cameos in Marvel movies was born, appearing in countless films in the franchise from 1989 to 2018 - and others which have yet to be released including Avengers 4.
To see each and every one of Lee's brilliant cameos, check out the video below:
According to Lee's daughter, J.C., an ambulance was called to the 95-year-old's home in Hollywood Hills and he was taken to hospital where he passed away. Kirk Schneck, an attorney for J.C., said that Lee's cause of death is not yet known.
She said: "He felt an obligation to his fans to keep creating. He loved his life and he loved what he did for a living. His family loved him and his fans loved him. He was irreplaceable. My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man."
Sadly, Lee's final years were not his happiest, marked by the passing of his wife of 69 years in 2017 and a tumultuous court battle between his family and a former manager. In July of this year, J.C. was granted an elder-abuse restraining order against Lee's former manager, who she claimed was interfering in his personal life in a bid to alienate them.
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, Lee was also accused of sexual assault by a number of women - claims he denies.
On the announcement of Lee's death, the who's who of Hollywood were quick to offer their condolences. Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. was quick to share a picture of himself with Lee, overlayed with a giant heart.
Speaking about arguably his most famous character, Spiderman, Lee said in 2006, "I never thought that Spider-Man would become the worldwide icon that he is. I just hoped the books would sell and I'd keep my job."
The Avengers cast was brought so close by Lee's work that they decided to get matching tattoos:
We'd like to take this opportunity to wish our sincere condolences to Lee's family and friends at this extremely difficult time.