Stan Lee didn't just create comic book characters, he created a whole universe. With the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which many movie-goers now know and love, Lee effectively create opportunities. From comebacks to breakout roles, Marvel Studios brought many of its stars a level of fame they'd not known until their debut in the MCU.
Here are tributes from some of those stars to the man who started it all.
We’ve lost a creative genius. Stan Lee was a pioneering force in the superhero universe. I’m proud to have been a small part of his legacy and .... to have helped bring one of his characters to life. #StanLee #Wolverine pic.twitter.com/iOdefi7iYz— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) November 12, 2018
There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) November 12, 2018
RIP Stan. Thank you for your brilliance. pic.twitter.com/FIZEt2B5vN— Karen Gillan (@karengillan) November 12, 2018
Sad, sad day. Rest In Power Uncle Stan. You have made the world a better place through the power of modern mythology and your love of this messy business of being human... you let us be extra human... superhuman even. I am deeply honored to have been a small part in the Stan Lee constellation.
Today we lost one of the greats. @TheRealStanLee, you were a inspiration and superhero to us all. Thank you for contributing so much- and giving us all something to aspire to!— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) November 12, 2018
I am saddened to learn about the passing of Stan Lee. From watching Marvel films with my friends in college to having the privilege to take on one of his characters in @BlackPanther, Stan’s creative genius sparked my imagination and left me in awe. His legacy will carry on in all of us who relish in the worlds he created. Worlds that renew our spirits and help us cope with our own. #StanLeeForever #ThankYouStan
Rest in Peace Stan Lee— Letitia Wright (@letitiawright) November 12, 2018
Thank you @TheRealStanLee for the escape from this world & great joy inhabiting the ones you created!! You made so many believe in the good, the heroic, the villainous, the exciting, most of all, you were giving & gracious to us all. RIP— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) November 12, 2018
THANK YOU, @TheRealStanLee. You gave us characters that continue to stand the test of time and evolve with our consciousness. You taught us that there are no limits to our future as long as we have access to our imagination. Rest in power! #EXCELSIOR #StanLee #rip pic.twitter.com/hnSmnHIDln— Winston Duke (@Winston_Duke) November 12, 2018
I believe with all my heart that #StanLee would want to be celebrated today. Even through your tears, let’s flood the internet with all the artwork, good, great or awful, that’s ever been created in Stan’s name. #BreakTheInternetForStan #ArtForStan@MarvelStudios @Marvel pic.twitter.com/w9pyY18sZ5— Evangeline Lilly (@EvangelineLilly) November 12, 2018