Following the sudden death of the legendary Stan Lee, many people are chiming in on social media to express their gratitude for comic book legend and his work. One of those folks is none other than The Avengers director Joss Whedon.
In a tweet, Whedon expressed the mark that Lee that left on both this universe as well as his own life. "Stan Lee created a universe where, if a character was beloved enough, they could never really die," he said. "Now THAT’S thinking ahead." Whedon finished his tweet by thanking Lee for "so much" of his life, explaining that the legendary creator would never not be a part of his life.
Stan Lee created a universe where, if a character was beloved enough, they could never really die.— Joss Whedon (@joss) November 12, 2018
Now THAT’S thinking ahead.
Thanks for so much of my life. You’ll never not be in it.
Although Whedon left the Marvel Universe after 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron, much like with Lee, there's no denying he's left his everlasting mark on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Whedon, of course, was the first one to bring the Avengers together on the big screen -- a far from easy task. One that was only made all the more difficult with the follow-up film, Avengers: Age of Ultron, which not only introduced two more heroes but also further developed backstories for some of the core characters. And while the latter film is often viewed as a mixed-bag among fans and critics, the film does surprisingly feature Lee's favorite cameo. The reason behind this, according to Lee? "It's the only one I did that has two scenes."
Lee, unfortunately, passed away earlier today at the age of 95. While details surrounding his death are sparse, his health had continually declined ever since the passing of his wife, Joan Lee, last year. Throughout the last decade, Lee had seen a new generation of kids come to appreciate his work in comics thanks to Marvel Studios and the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- the ever-growing universe in which Lee famously made cameo appearances in every film, and most television series. Prior to his death, Lee reportedly filmed at least three other cameos for future Marvel Studios films, which more than likely also includes next summer's Spider-Man: Far From Home.
These days, Whedon is working on projects outside of both Marvel and DC. In fact, he's currently helping to develop a Buffy the Vampire reboot, as well as a project for HBO titled The Nevers.
As for Lee, while the man may be gone, his legend will continue to live on.