Although they may not be for everyone, superheroes are undeniably a part of our world. Despite the fact that they might not be real, they have undoubtedly change the lives of both old and young.

When it comes to talking about superheroes, there are most likely two top ‘universes’ that comes to mind, and you’re probably thinking of the exact same ones. Now, a lot of people know these heroes through the movies that have been released over the years. However, everything originally started with a small group of people who had remarkable imaginations that conjured unthinkable superpowers and another handful of people who brought them to life with their skilled hands. Starting with wild ideas and dreams, slowly but surely they began to carve their path into creating one gigantic masterpiece.

Sadly, Stan Lee, the man who can be considered as the godfather of Marvel Comics, has just passed away earlier last week at the age of 95. He was one of the dearly loved co-creator of multiple Marvel superheroes we all know today. In the early 60s, when Marvel Comics was still known as Timely Comics, Lee was asked by his boss to create a series for the company. And so, with artist Jack Kirby, he started his legacy by creating the first superhero team; the Fantastic Four. Soon after, him and several other artists are responsible for creating the famous Spider-Man, the Hulk, X-Men, Iron Man, Doctor Strange and many more.

As expected, a lot of Marvel and even non-Marvel fans are heartbroken by the passing of the Manhattan-born writer. Not only because he created the heroes we love, but because he made them diverse and relatable to us humans. Rebutting all stereotypes of women being portrayed as a minor character or merely just a love interest, Lee created a world in which we see women with great leadership, independence and the ability to conquer evil.

Many would think that with Mr. Lee being a nonagenarian, his death will not come as a surprise. However it is Stan Lee. No one really knows what to expect. Even Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, said that although he’s realistic, “a part of me thought he would live forever.”

A lot of people are especially saddened by Lee’s departure due to his long-known tradition of appearing as a cameo in Marvel movies. Many have kept their eyes open in all of the movie’s franchise just to try and spot him playing an unexpected role, and it’s heartbreaking to know that there will be no more. But fear not! It has been said that we can expect him in at least two future marvel projects; Captain Marvel and Avengers 4, which will both be released in 2019.

It’s not only the fans who are heartbroken, a lot of actors and actresses who have had the honor to work with Mr. Lee also expressed their grief over his passing. Even Marvel’s biggest rival, DC Comics, also expressed their condolences through their twitter handle @DCComics saying ‘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.’

Actor Chris Evans, who played Captain America‒yes, played. The actor announced his retirement from playing Cap earlier this year also tweeted,

“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!!”

And indeed Cap, there will never be another Stan Lee, but his legacy will continue to accompany us even when he’s no longer here. Thank you, Stan Lee, you will forever be missed.

Excelsior!

Words by: Joanne J.

Header image Credited to: slashfilms.com