A Round-Up of Some of the Wonderful Stan Lee Tributes

The world mourns the passing of the great Stan Lee. It would be hard to overstate the impact this gentle giant has had on pop culture. Since he first put pen to paper, alongside ace collaborators at Marvel like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, Lee created many of the superheroes that now dominate the film world. The Avengers, Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man, the X-Men, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, the Hulk, Fantastic Four, Daredevil and Ant-Man (to name a few of the most iconic). Lee was the man who pioneered the approach of giving his superheroes, despite often having supernatural powers, human dimensions, human failures, and human desires. Few people could claim to have helped create so many of today’s most marquee characters—one could argue the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe belongs, in large part, to the febrile imagination and warmth of spirit of Stan Lee.

The outpouring of grief and gratitude since he passed away this past Monday at the age of 95 has been lovely to read and to see. The memories that folks have shared prove that it wasn’t only his talent and importance to our modern era of superhero franchises that touched people, but who he was as a person. Leading lights in the film world like Ava DuVernay and colleagues like Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, took to Twitter to share their love. Studios like Marvel and Sony, who have taken his creations and turned them into massively successful franchises, created touching video tributes. Here, then, is but a brief glimpse of that outpouring. Excelsior, Mr. Lee:

Featured image: Stan Lee welcomes Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibition at Discovery Times Square on May 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for Discovery Times Square)


Bryan Abrams

Bryan Abrams is the Editor-in-chief of The Credits. He's run the site since its launch in 2012. He lives in New York.