Stan Lee Has Had a Tough Year
Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man, the X-Men, Black Panther, and most of the Marvel pantheon, is a living legend. He’s beloved by millions for his comic creations and Marvel movie cameos. He’s also 95 years old. It has been a rough year for him. This past summer, he lost his wife. Now, according to multiple reports, there’s drama back at the Lee estate.
Earlier today, Stan Lee sent a video to TMZ to refute all the recent claims of elder abuse and general trouble at home. In it, he passionately states that all of it is untrue, and I really hope it is. He even threatened legal action against media outlets who report that he is being abused. Still, as the premier elder statesman of comic books and geek culture, fans around the world can’t help but be concerned about him.
Kevin Smith Says What We’re All Thinking
Kevin Smith is basically the unofficial spokesman for nerds everywhere. He plays “Silent Bob” in his own films, but in this case, he simply couldn’t remain silent. As our spokesman, he took it upon himself to tweet a message to Stan Lee. I think he definitely speaks for all of us in this case:
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) April 10, 2018
This is what makes so-called nerd culture special. We love the art – the comics, the movies, the television – but we also love the artists. Stan Lee, now in the twilight of his life, is one such artist. He has contributed countless gifts to the world through his brainchildren.
While his current position within the Marvel corporate structure is basically that of a figurehead, he is still important to us. The world would be vastly different without his creations. Hollywood would be unrecognizable in 2018 without superhero movies and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Even as a sort of professor emeritus within the industry, we can never forget what he has done for comics and pop culture in general. I know I agree with Kevin Smith, whole-heartedly.
Stan Lee, you are a real-life superhero to millions. If you ever need anything, your fans are here for you.
Do you share Kevin Smith’s sentiments? Are you concerned about the great Stan Lee? Let us know in the comments!