Tributes have been flooding in from across the globe for Stan Lee, who passed away Monday at age 95. Stars of Marvel Studios films have taken to Twitter to pay homage to the legendary writer who helped to create the characters they now portray. However, the film that sparked Hollywood's current love affair with superheroes wasn't produced by Marvel, but rather Fox: 2000's X-Men.
Hugh Jackman was front and center in that film as Wolverine, a role he went on to portray for the better part of 17 years. Jackman appeared Monday on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote his new film The Front Runner, but took the opportunity to discuss Lee.
"He was a creative genius," Jackman told Colbert. "He thought outside the box. He created a whole universe that changed the lives of many people, mine included."
Jackman also reflected the first time he met Lee at Comic-Con International, where he stood alone on a red carpet, waiting to pose for photos that never came. Instead, the crowd flocked to where Lee was, virtually ignoring the Wolverine actor.
"There was about 300 photographers and interviewers just all on Stan," Jackman fondly recalled.
"God bless you, Stan," the actor said. "You were one of the greats."