Superheroes and Hollywood figures took to social media on Monday to pay homage to comic book legend Stan Lee, who died on Monday at the age of 95.
Lee created Marvel superheroes including Black Panther, Thor, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and X-Men.
The chairman and CEO of Disney, Bob Iger, said, "Stan Lee is as extraordinary as the character he created. A super hero with his own rights for Marvel fans around the world, Stan has the power to inspire, entertain and connect. The scale of his imagination was exceeded only by the size of his heart. "
The chairman of Disney Studios, Alan Horn, also honored Lee's legacy saying, "It is impossible to overestimate Stan's influence on popular culture. I have known Stan for the past few years through his work with Marvel Studios, and has always been impressed with his irresistible energy and vitality. We have lost a true creator. My thoughts with family and friends during this difficult time. "
"Thor" actor Chris Hemsworth shared Lee's picture on Thor's traditional helmet while holding Mjolnir. "RIP my friend," he wrote. "Thank you for the extraordinary adventure that all of our stories took. My love and support goes out to all your friends and family. "
Ryan Reynolds, who plays Deadpool in the Marvel X-Men franchise, shared a picture of Lee's cameo in the latest "Deadpool" film. "Damn … RIP Stan. Thank you for everything," he wrote.
Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, stressed the importance of Lee for his own career. "Nothing has had more impact on my career and everything we did at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee," Feige wrote. "Stan left an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all. Our thoughts with his daughter, his family, and millions of his fans. "
American Captain Chris Evans wrote, "There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades, he gave young and old time to adventure, escape, entertain, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship, and happiness. He radiates love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on that, so, so much life. "He ended the award with" excelsior !! "the living person nodded at Lee's signature.
Robert Downey Jr., who first described Iron Man in 2008 and launched the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, posted a picture on Instagram with Lee. "Owe you all," he wrote. "Rest calmly, Stan."
Sorcerer Supreme Benedict Cumberbatch, who joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the titular "Doctor Strange" in 2016, said "Stan Lee's imagination has a generation in his play. He is a kind, generous and funny man and it is an honor to meet him. My love and mind to his family. "
"Wolverine" star Hugh Jackman posted a photo with Lee and wrote, "We have lost creative genius. Stan Lee is a pioneering force in the superhero world. I am proud to have been a small part of his inheritance and … helped bring one of his characters to life."
"Galaxy Guard" star Chris Pratt also posted a picture with Lee and thanked him for the world he created: "Thank you for everything Stan Lee! How alive, living well. I consider myself very lucky to be able to meet you and have played in the world that you created. "
Tom Rothman, chairman of the Sony Pictures Entertainment picture group, the studio behind "Spider-Man: Homecoming," said, "Original and genius are two words that are very excessive in the world today, but Stan is both. Add is irrevocable and irreplaceable, and you begin to describe the man. We all lose true superheroes. We will miss our friendly environment, Stan Lee. "
Tom Holland, who plays Marvel's newest Spiderman iteration writes, "How many millions of us are indebted to this person, no more than me. The father of Marvel has made so many people so very happy. What life and what has been achieved. Rest calmly, Stan. "
Actor Jeremy Renner who plays Hawkeye in the "Avengers" franchise honors Stan Lee with a picture of two posing together. "RIP Stan Lee! You are a legend of my friend," Renner wrote.
Actor Kevin Smith, a lifelong fan of Marvel, wrote a long message for Lee on Instagram, thanking him for the impact he had on his childhood and calling it "modern Mark Twain today."
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This is how I will always see you, @therealstanlee: as our kind leader and king, smiling from your eternal throne in the generation of imagination you get and inspire. You are the first maker whose voice I knew before I actually heard it. You dreamed of some of my favorite modern myths and created characters that instilled in me a moral barometer, taught me right and wrong and showed that I was always better off being a hero than a villain. Your character represents us: yes, they have extraordinary and extraordinary abilities, but they are also a reflection of the world that we know, where Spider-Man is really just a boy who wants to help. You show how to interact with viewers whenever you step into Stan's Soapbox to reach readers. You show me how to advocate for my field outside the actual art itself every time you tap for comic books outside the media. It's never enough for you to just make a comic because you are a true seller in your heart. So you don't just sell comics, you sell me * in * comics – so much that I build a life and career around your dreams and ideals. When you do Mallrat with us, you not only make a lifetime fan dream come true, you also lend credibility to the comic books that I can still use today. And whether it's for @comicbookmenamc or @yogahosers, every time I ask to borrow more heat, you are always there for me with a smile. Your love story with Joanie and your long and happy marriage always shines as an example of what I want for my personal life. I have long admired (and imitated) your kindness and patience and sense of humor when dealing with your public. Outside of my parents, you are an adult who gives me the most useful life skills that I still use today. Thank you, Stan, for making me not only that boy, but also a man like me today. You have great power and you always use it responsibly, fostering billions of dreamers who all know your name – a name written in stars of all time. You are not just a comic book literary titan, you are our modern Mark Twain. I will miss you all my days, friends and heroes. Excelsior forever. #KevinSmith #StanLee
Comic book writer Gail Simone shares his sincere experiences with Lee, calling him a "real man" who changed his life every time he met him.
On the Hollywood Walk of Fame, fans also take the time to respect Lee by putting flowers beside his star. A bouquet of flowers also appears, complete with a black sling and the name of the author of a comic book written in gold.
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DIE. Stan Lee. We have lost Titan Creativity and Industry. This is my last photo with Stan, taken in August at his home by Jon Bollerjack. I was called by "The Man", he wanted a friendly face, a change of pace. I wake up the next day. He is peaceful and comfortable and full of enthusiasm. He sat in his favorite chair overlooking the pool and the beautiful canyon. I thank him for being a visionary, not only creatively, but being a visionary in bringing Marvel to Hollywood, knowing how well they will be served by tv and film. Children in the 1970s, children my age grew up with Hulk TV shows, Spider Man TV live action films, Dr. Strange on CBS. This is a fun time and it is the result of Stan's decision to travel west and bring Marvel characters to Hollywood. He started the Marvel Age Of Comics and the Marvel Age Of Film that we enjoy today. I have many stories from history and my journey with Stan. We have never had a better ambassador. And we will never see others like him. What I know is that the Good God has pulled a chair and Stan is now bending all ears in heaven with his extraordinary stories and knowledge. They depend on each word and sentence. #stanlee #marvel #hulk #fantasticfour #xmen #spiderman #thor #excelsior
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