A pioneer, trailblazer, and outright genius in entertainment was taken from us this past Monday, November 12, 2018. No amount of gratitude is enough to suffice what the late, great Stan Lee did for cinema, comics, and countless childhoods.
Future wide-eyed, energetic, superhero-loving kids may not know the mastermind behind their favorite characters due to his passing, but his legacy will undoubtedly stand the test of time: Black Panther, Spider-Man, X-Men, the Mighty Thor, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Daredevil and Ant-Man, among countless other characters, Lee created or co-created.
It is fair to say cinema and more specifically the Marvel superhero sector that dominates movie theaters would be vastly different today if Stan hadn’t done what he loved so well. It is entirely possible Marvel movies wouldn’t have been as exciting and thrilling as each one of them are as it was Lee’s work that led Disney to see something in Marvel and ultimately purchase it, making it into the gripping, exciting, moving fantasy world we all know and love today.
For that, thank you, Stan.
Lee said in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter that he believed “what he did wasn’t important.” He noted that others were “building bridges and engineering in medical research, and here I was doing stories about fictional people who do extraordinary, crazy things and wear costumes.”
Contrary to popular belief at the time, entertainment is not easily dismissed. People have and always will love brain candy – explosions, love stories, and thrill were just a few things that were prevalent in all Lee works, and thankfully people loved it. Stan knew what he loved and did exactly that he was a teacher without even acknowledging it.
For that, thank you, Stan.
Lastly, and definitely the most important of Lee’s work, is his impact on others. For myself and many others, Lee played a huge role in literally making childhoods everywhere what they are. Dressed up as superheroes for Halloween to burying your face in a Marvel comic, Lee’s work impacts, either directly or indirectly, every childhood.
Predicated in the fondest memories of upbringings everywhere is Spider-Man seamlessly swinging through New York, or Thor summoning power from the Gods, or the roller coaster of emotions during any given Marvel movie.
If it weren’t for Lee’s work, many would experience a serious void of fantastic strength, fighting, and tales from lands unknown that most every kid wants and should have in their upbringing. It’s not just kids though as adults alike can’t get enough of Lee’s work as it offers them an escape into their childhood and allows them to simply sit back and watch awesome people wield awesome power – something everyone loves.
For that, and much more unnamed, thank you, Stan.