The last couple of weeks have been tough for everyone now that Term 1 has ended, but it’s been tougher for those who are fans of superheroes and comic books. In the eyes of comic book fans across the globe, a star has fallen.
On November 12, a legend, an artist, and a creator of heroes was lost. At the age of 95, Stan Lee, the man who started the universe that we now know today as Marvel, was rushed by ambulance to Cedars Sinai Medical Center because of a medical emergency, where he later passed away. Earlier in the year, it was reported to the public that he was battling a severe case of pneumonia, with worsening conditions as time passed.
“Perhaps he wasn’t born with superhero powers, like the X-Men—or the god Thor, for that matter. […] All the same, Stan Lee certainly had them! In his autobiography, graphic of course, they dazzled like sun-rays round his head.” The Economist
Born on December 28, 1922, Stanley Martin Lieber had always loved writing and creating stories. Little did he know that in the future, he would be the one to create such iconic characters in the superhero universe. Many students at Walnut Grove Secondary may know these iconic names: the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Black Panther, Daredevil, Doctor, Strange, and Ant-Man. These characters live on as inspirations for generations of children around the world.
These characters would soon grow and move to the big screen of the highly-successful Marvel Cinematic Universe, where Stan Lee would take part in through his numerous heart-felt cameos, showing his dedicated fans just how dedicated he was to them. Lee could have easily taken starring roles in Marvel movies, however, Lee explicitly asked for simple cameos in the films as he wanted to share the spotlight of his creations with others.
“I know you want me to star in the next movie, but I have to just stick to the cameos. You’ll have to leave the starring roles to the other actors. I’m sorry” Stan Lee, in an interview with Marvel Chief Kevin Feige
Yes, there is no question that Stan Lee truly left his mark on the world, and it all started with his ideas and creativity. Rest in peace, Stan Lee. We at Walnut Grove Secondary will always remember you. EXCELSIOR!