Former Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Stan Lee died today after he was rushed from his Hollywood Hills home Monday morning to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Lee was 95-years old.
Lee is best known for his time at Marvel Comics where along with Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko Lee co-created popular Marvel heroes like Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Black Panther, and the X-Men. With writer Larry Lieber, Lee also co-created Ant-Man, Iron Man, and Thor. These heroes would become the basis for The Avengers which currently lead the popular Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Lee has become the face of Marvel Comics' legacy and the Marvel Cinematic Universe pays tribute to Lee by including him in cameos for all its films. However, Lee's cameos in Marvel films pre-date the MCU and he's made appearances in Marvel film and television adaptations as early as 1989 when he narrated the pilot for the X-Men animated series.
He expanded his cameos to beyond just movies and TV making appearances in Marvel video games. He was most recently in Insomniac's Spider-Man PS4 game but also made appearances in the Lego Marvel series, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2. He also crossed properties and made a cameo in DC's Teen Titan's Go! To the Movies.
Lee's contributions to comic books have extended far beyond the medium and into film, television, and video games. It's hard to name a pop-culture phenomenon as big and important as the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it's partly due to Stan Lee and his co-creators at Marvel.
Lee is survived by his daughter Joan Celia "J.C." Lee who reported Lee's death to TMZ earlier today.