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Stan Lee: Chris Evans, Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana and more celebs mourn comic book icon

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Here’s a look back at the life and career of comic book legend Stan Lee.
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Comic book legend Stan Lee died on Monday at the age of 95, and his fans, friends and colleagues took to social media to commemorate the iconic Marvel comics creator.

Among those who spoke out were some of Marvel’s biggest stars, including “Captain America” star Chris Evans, Hugh Jackman, who played Wolverine in the “X-Men” franchise, and “Guardains of the Galaxy” star Zoe Saldana.

“For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy,” Evans tweeted. “He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives.”

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

“We’ve lost a creative genius,” wrote Jackman. “I’m proud to have been a small part of his legacy and …. To have helped bring one of his characters to life.”

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#Wolverinepic.twitter.com/iOdefi7iYz

— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) November 12, 2018

Saldana, who portrays Gamora in the Marvel universe, posted a picture of herself dressed in character alongside Lee and former “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn. 

“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!”

Mark Ruffalo, who brings Bruce Banner and the Hulk to life in the Marvel Universe, said goodbye to “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,” he wrote. “You let us be extra human… superhuman even. I am deeply honored to have been a small part in the Stan Lee constellation.” 

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… pic.twitter.com/x6yZ6ClNSX

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) November 12, 2018

Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Nick Fury in the Marvel Universe, thanked Lee “for the escape from this world,” adding “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”

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

Lee, who served in the U.S. Army from from 1942-1945, died as Veteran’s Day was being observed in the United States. His passing earned a tweet from the U.S. Army. 

“Rest in peace, Soldier,” the tweet read. “… We are deeply grateful for his service to our country and for his tremendous support to servicemembers. #Excelsior!”

Rest in peace, Soldier.

Comic book creator @TheRealStanLee has passed away at the age of 95. Lee served in the #USArmy Signal Corps during WWII from 1942-1945. We are deeply grateful for his service to our country and for his tremendous support to servicemembers. #Excelsior! pic.twitter.com/P9tdwoxxx2

— U.S. Army (@USArmy) November 12, 2018

Seth Green, who voiced Howard the Duck in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” wrote that Lee “represents the best of us.” 

“How grateful I am for his existence and influence,” he continued. “He lived to see his creations shape the world, and his legacy will inspire generations to come. But I’ll miss him. EXCELCIOR!!”

Heartbroken.@TheRealStanLee represents the best of us. How grateful I am for his existence and influence. He lived to see his creations shape the world, and his legacy will inspire generations to come. But I’ll miss him. EXCELCIOR!!https://t.co/5MMhLiZZ4C

— Seth Green (@SethGreen) November 12, 2018

Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars,” sung high praise of Lee’s cultural and personal impacts. 

“He was everything you hoped he would be & MORE,” he wrote. “I loved this man & will never stop missing him. They say you should never meet a childhood idol. They are wrong.” 

His contribution to Pop Culture was revolutionary & cannot be overstated. He was everything you hoped he would be & MORE. I loved this man & will never stop missing him. They say you should never meet a childhood idol. They are wrong. #RIPStanTheManpic.twitter.com/6OKH07ahJg

— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 12, 2018

Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios, celebrated Lee’s “extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all.”

“No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee,” he wrote. “Our thoughts are with his daughter, his family, and his millions of fans.”

No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee. Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all. Our thoughts are with his daughter, his family, and his millions of fans. #ThankYouStan#Excelsior!

— Kevin Feige (@Kevfeige) November 12, 2018

Doug Jones, the actor who played Silver Surfer in “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer,” shared a handful of photos with Lee over the years.

“What can I say about the loss of a visionary who created one of my favorite characters I’ve ever played?” Jones wrote. “Stan Lee’s fun-loving wit, charm, and poetic legacy will keep him alive for generations to come. My heart hurts, and he will be sorely missed.”

What can I say about the loss of a visionary who created one of my favorite characters I’ve ever played? Stan Lee’s fun-loving wit, charm, and poetic legacy will keep him alive for generations to come. My heart hurts, and he will be sorely missed.#StanLee#RIP@TheRealStanLeepic.twitter.com/EPST2GkNTu

— Doug Jones (@actordougjones) November 12, 2018

Kat Dennings, who played Darcy Lewis in “Thor,” tweeted a photo with Lee on a red carpet.

“It was an honor to be a small part of his universe,” she wrote.

Stan Lee. A gentleman and a genius. It was an honor to be a small part of his universe. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/iZNtQRRqKD

— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) November 12, 2018

Allegra Acosta, who plays Molly Hernandez in “Marvel’s Runaways” on Hulu, shared a photo with Lee from set. 

“I had the honor of being a part of his universe and working with him,” she wrote. “Even though he has passed, his legacy will forever flourish and thrive.”

May you Rest In Peace ❤️ Stan Lee was an iconic ,hardworking, and charismatic soul. I had the honor of being a part of his universe and working with him. Even though he has passed, his legacy will forever flourish and thrive 🎞 R.I.P Stan …. EXCELSIOR🚀🌠 #stanlee#marvel#rippic.twitter.com/hcLmcB1IDA

— Allegra (@AllegraAcosta) November 12, 2018

Jamie Lee Curtis praised Lee’s “creativity and imagination.”

“You were and will always be a SUPER HERO!” she exclaimed.

Thank you Stan Lee. For your service in protecting our freedom and for your creativity and imagination! You were and will always be a SUPER HERO! pic.twitter.com/d1qpuImyzQ

— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) November 12, 2018

Larry King lauded Lee as “a  real-life superhero.”

“Stan Lee was a visionary, who elevated imaginations across the globe,” wrote King. “I’m grateful for the time I got to spend with him. Rest peacefully, Stan.”

We lost a real-life superhero today. Stan Lee was a visionary, who elevated imaginations across the globe. I’m grateful for the time I got to spend with him. Rest peacefully, Stan. pic.twitter.com/Ie2S18y0A0

— Larry King (@kingsthings) November 12, 2018

Jimmy Kimmel tweeted a drawing of Stan Lee he created as a kid.

“At age 7, I drew this weird portrait of Stan Lee and asked my Mom to send it to him,” the late night host wrote. “Thankfully she didn’t because 30+ years later, I got to give it to the great one in person.” 

At age 7, I drew this weird portrait of Stan Lee and asked my Mom to send it to him. Thankfully she didn’t because 30+ years later, I got to give it to the great one in person. Thanks for all the fun Stan #Excelsiorpic.twitter.com/IpfYBSjWyf

— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) November 12, 2018

“Rest in Peace Stan Lee. I talk/think about things you imagined every single day,” tweeted Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz.

Rest In Peace Stan Lee. I talk/think about things you imagined every single day ❤️

— pw (@petewentz) November 12, 2018

George Takei listed just a few of Lee’s many creations that “inspired millions.”

“His stories will live on and continue to ignite the imaginations of generations to come,” Takei wrote. “Rest with the stars, great sir.”

He inspired millions with his myriad, “Marvelous” characters, from Spiderman to Black Panther, Thor to the X-Men. Legendary creator Stan Lee is dead at 95. But his stories will live on and continue to ignite the imaginations of generations to come. Rest with the stars, great sir.

— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 12, 2018

“He lives forever through his work. What a giant,” wrote Lin-Manuel Miranda. “With great power comes immortality.”

He lives forever through his work. What a giant.

With great power comes immortality. 💔💔💔 pic.twitter.com/t395qw9H0L

— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 12, 2018

“Goosebumps” author R.L. Sine called Lee “one of our great story-tellers.”

We have lost Stan Lee, one of our great story-tellers. A writer and imaginer who created whole universes. RIP

— R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) November 12, 2018

Kiss front man Gene Simmons expressed his gratitude to the comic for improving his early days.

“To Stan Lee: Thank you for making my childhood so much more exciting with your astonishing superhero characters,” he tweeted. “Thank you for inspiring me to think and dream big. Thank you for the Hulk, Thor, Fantastic Four and many others. You will be sadly missed. RIP.”

To Stan Lee: Thank you for making my childhood so much more exciting with your astonishing superhero characters. Thank you for inspiring me to think and dream big. Thank you for the Hulk, Thor, Fantastic Four and many others. You will be sadly missed. RIP.

— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) November 12, 2018

Ryan Reynolds, who has portrayed anti-hero Deadpool in two features tweeted “Thanks for everything.”

Damn… RIP Stan. Thanks for everything. pic.twitter.com/TMAaDJSOhh

— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 12, 2018

Actor Seth Rogen thanked Lee for “making people who feel different realize they are special.” 

Thank you Stan Lee for making people who feel different realize they are special.

— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) November 12, 2018

“The many worlds of imagination & delight you created for humanity will last forever,” wrote Elon Musk.

Rest in peace, Stan Lee. The many worlds of imagination & delight you created for humanity will last forever.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 12, 2018

The official Twitter account for DC Comics shared a touching tribute to Lee, using his catchphrase “Excelsior.”

“He changed the way we look at heroes, and modern comics will always bear his indelible mark,” the tweet read. “His infectious enthusiasm reminded us why we all fell in love with these stories in the first place. Excelsior, Stan.”

He changed the way we look at heroes, and modern comics will always bear his indelible mark. His infectious enthusiasm reminded us why we all fell in love with these stories in the first place. Excelsior, Stan.

— DC (@DCComics) November 12, 2018

Disney tweeted a statement from CEO Bob Iger:

“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created. A super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect.”

“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created. A super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect.” –Bob Igerhttps://t.co/pLTKx1R0dFpic.twitter.com/Uj9fqHpZXg

— Disney (@Disney) November 12, 2018

Sharing a photo of one of Lee’s superheroes, Spider-Man, The Academy tweeted “Today, we lost a real-life superhero. Stan Lee, thank you for everything.”

Today, we lost a real-life superhero. Stan Lee, thank you for everything. pic.twitter.com/zH6YIlslnx

— The Academy (@TheAcademy) November 12, 2018

“We are grateful for your imagination,” wrote the official Golden Globe Awards account.

Rest in Peace, dear Stan Lee. We are grateful for your imagination. Excelsior! pic.twitter.com/6yync2zwul

— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) November 12, 2018

Terry Crews’ tribute was short and sweet. “Rest In Peace Stan Lee.” he tweeted.

Rest In Peace Stan Lee

😢

— terry crews (@terrycrews) November 12, 2018

Rapper Travis Scott tweeted his appreciate to Lee “for everything”. 

Thank u Stan Lee for everything.

— TRAVIS SCOTT (@trvisXX) November 12, 2018

Rosario Dawson wished for Lee to “Rest In Paradise.”

She added, “Thank you for your imagination, creativity, tenacity, inspiration and love!!!”

Overwhelmed with love and gratitude for the late, great hero, Stan Lee. Rest In Paradise. Thank you for your imagination, creativity, tenacity, inspiration and love!!! https://t.co/4WqHCtDXE1

— Rosario Dawson (@rosariodawson) November 12, 2018

Ice-T recalled “the honor” of meeting Lee. “95 what a life…” he tweeted.

RIP Stan Lee.. I had the honor of meeting him. 95 what a life…

— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) November 12, 2018

For Josh Groban, Lee’s stories were a bright spot. “Thank you for making my childhood, teen years and adulthood so fun,” he tweeted, “especially during darker days.”

RIP Stan Lee. Maybe you have twitter in heaven. Thank you for making my childhood, teen years and adulthood so fun, especially during darker days.

— josh groban (@joshgroban) November 12, 2018

Al Roker shared a photo alongside Lee, both wearing wide smiles.

“A sad day for so many of us growing up reading and watching the great @therealstanlee creations,” the “Today” co-anchor tweeted. “With @Marvel he elevated the comic book with great writing and superheroes who had problems just like us. #excelsior His passing at 95 is sad, but he’s just waiting for us in #asgard”

A sad day for so many of us growing up reading and watching the great @therealstanlee creations. With @Marvel he elevated the comic book with great writing and superheroes who had problems just like us. #excelsior His passing at 95 is sad, but he’s just waiting for us in #asgardpic.twitter.com/3geUPCGh0o

— Al Roker (@alroker) November 12, 2018

“R.I.P Stan Lee, your imagination fueled each of our childhoods, making us believe we could be superheroes, even if only in regular everyday situations,” tweeted actor/comedian Jay Pharoah. “You will be greatly missed, rest easy my g”

R.I.P Stan Lee, your imagination fueled each of our childhoods, making us believe we could be superheroes, even if only in regular everyday situations. You will be greatly missed, rest easy my g🙏🏽🙏🏽😢😢😢

— Jay Pharoah (@JayPharoah) November 12, 2018

“A few years ago we got a chance to hang out with the legend,” tweeted rapper Juicy J. “You will be missed prayers up to the family friends & fans.” 

This is sad R.I.P. STAN LEE a few years ago we got a chance to hang out with the legend he was a cool guy 🙏🏿you will be missed prayers up to the family friends & fans pic.twitter.com/VnWwXeP6lh

— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) November 12, 2018

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