Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger has issued a statement following comics legend Stan Lee's passing today at the age of 95.
"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," Iger said in an obituary for Lee posted on Marvel.com. "The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart."
Disney, which acquired Marvel in 2009 for $4.24 billion, is the parent company of Marvel Studios.
Since 2000's X-Men, Lee has become famed for his film and television cameos, most recently in Ant-Man and The Wasp. Lee, who created or co-created many of Marvel's most famous characters, has appeared in 20 Marvel Cinematic Universe movies to date. He'll next be seen, in animated form, in Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Following the 2017 death of his wife of 69 years, Joan, Lee was surrounded by controversies, including reports of forged checks by associates, accusations of stolen blood and elder abuse, and a restraining order against his one-time gatekeeper, Keya Morgan. However, last month Lee seemingly shrugged off reports of behind-the-scenes drama, saying, "As far as I’m concerned, we have a wonderful life. I’m pretty damn lucky. I love my daughter, I’m hoping that she loves me, and I couldn’t ask for a better life."
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