The photo that accompanied the headline, though, didn't show the BlacKKKlansman director, but the Marvel Comics legend, Stan Lee, who died yesterday at the age of 95. He co-created some of the most famous fictional characters in comic lore, such as Spider-Man, X-Men, the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, Black Panther, and many more. Marvel's way of intertwining complex storylines and infusing them with very real human emotions and writing in compelling character arcs is what has made Lee, according to the Guardian, "the greatest storyteller in history".
Readers Den's Nizar Abrahams says he credits Lee for creating this world he could escape to. "A superhero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect". He appeared as a juror and had no lines but it was the first time he was seen on-screen in a Marvel property.
Born Stanley Lieber in 1922, Lee began his career in comics as a gofer/Guy Friday, thanks to his uncle Robbie Solomon.
His wife Joan passed away in 2017 due to stroke-related complications.
This is the last known pic of Stan, taken on Saturday, as Stan smiled next to his protege, comic book writer Roy Thomas.
TMZ broke news of Lee's death, citing his daughter, J.C. Lee. "He loved his life and he loved what he did for a living". For the full list, head to Wikipedia and the full list of well over 300 characters, all attributed to Stan Lee in one way or another.
Spider-Man is one of the most successfully licensed characters ever and he has soared through the NY skyline as a giant inflatable in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Did Stan Lee inspire you as much as he did all of us?