Here’s how celebrities are reacting to the death of Marvel legend Stan Lee
On Monday, it was announced that legendary comic book creator Stan Lee had passed away. In his 95 years, he accomplished a great deal; he was in his 40s when he created The Fantastic Four comic, which both launched his ascent into superstardom, and helped establish Marvel Comics as the giant of the industry it is today.
Throughout the next few decades, he wrote hundreds of comics across multiple series, credited with co-creating some of Marvel's biggest heroes, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk, Daredevil, Thor, Ant-Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Nick Fury, Black Widow and the X-Men. Over the last last fifteen years or so, we've seen these creations become some of the most successful and popular movies ever made, and his creations are still having an effect - both on the fans, and those he has worked with.
In the wake of his death, many celebrities mourned him, sharing heartfelt messages to celebrate his life:
Robert Downey Jr.
The actor's big Hollywood comeback was with Iron Man 10 years ago, a character created by Lee in 1963.
Evans has played two of Lee's creations, the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four movies, and more recently as Captain America.
Lee had cameos in both Deadpool movies, in which Reynolds is the star.
Saldana, who plays Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy, paid tribute to "one of the greats".
Holland has played what is likely the writer's most iconic creation, Spider-Man, in recent films.
Jackman starred as Wolverine in various X-Men movies, a series started by Lee.
The Luke Skywalker actor spoke of his "childhood idol".
Whedon wrote and directed the first two Avengers movies - a team created by Lee in 1963.
Mackie plays Falcon in the Avengers and Captain America films. Falcon was also created by Stan Lee in 1969, and was the first African-American superhero in the medium.
Hardy recently played Eddie Brock in Venom, a character that first appeared in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man.
Duke played M'Baku in Black Panther.
Based on the Norse goddess, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created the character that would later be portrayed by Alexander in the Thor series.
Banks played Betty Brant in the original Spider-Man trilogy, a character that Lee wrote into his initial Spider-Man run.
The actress took on the role of Storm in the X-Men films.
Samuel L. Jackson
Nick Fury was created by Kirby and Lee in 1963, and was later portrayed by Jackson in various Marvel Studios films.
The actress played Darcy Lewis in Thor and Thor: The Dark World.
Ruffalo has played Bruce Banner/The Hulk in the latest Marvel movies, a character created by Lee and Kirby in 1962.
Levi played Fandral, created by Lee and Kirby, in the Thor movies.
Dawson played Claire Temple in the Netflix series Daredevil, a series originally created by Lee and artist Bill Everett.
Ferrigno starred in the live-action Incredible Hulk series in the late 70s.
Wright appeared as Shuri in Black Panther, a series created by Lee and Kirby.
Lily played The Wasp in the Ant-Man film series, based on a character created by Lee, Ernie Hart and Jack Kirby in 1963.
Stan played Buck Barnes aka The Winter Soldier in the Captain America movies.
The ex-wrestler has played Drax in the Guardians of the Galaxy series.
Thompson played Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok.
The Russo Brothers
Joe and Anthony Russo directed two of the Captain America movies, Avengers: Infinity War, and the upcoming Avengers 4. It has been said that Lee has already filmed his cameo for the latter film.
While it's sad to see him go, Lee accomplished a lot in his lifetime - and his work continues to live on after him, inspiring many to overcome personal challenges, spark their imagination, and find strength in their differences.
Our thoughts are with his friends and family.