Hollywood is in mourning after news broke that the legendary co-creator of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee has died. Here are some of the moving tributes.
UPDATE 2: The Avengers star Mark Ruffalo also paid his respects to Stan Lee, tweeting on Nov. 12, “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…”
UPDATE 1: Guardians of the Galaxy star Zoe Saldana also paid tribute to Stan Lee, tweeting on Nov. 12, “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!
ORIGINAL: Ryan Reynolds, Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans are two of the many stars who are mourning the loss of Stan Lee – the legendary co-creator of Marvel Comics who passed away aged 95 on Nov. 12. Stan’s daughter first confirmed the news to TMZ, revealing that her dad was rushed to hospital from his Hollywood Hills home early in the morning. He later died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Minutes after the news broke, Ryan tweeted, “Damn… RIP Stan. Thanks for everything.”
As Marvel fans know, Ryan has starred in the hugely successful Deadpool films, which are based on the comic book character. Captain America: The First Avenger star Chris also tweeted a tribute, writing, “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!!”
Damn… RIP Stan. Thanks for everything. pic.twitter.com/TMAaDJSOhh
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 12, 2018
Over on Instagram, Iron Man himself Robert Downey Jr. shared a photo of him posing with Stan Lee. He captioned the pic, “I owe it all to you… Rest In Peace Stan… #MCU #Excelsior #legend #rip#stanlee #TeamStark.” Winston Duke, the actor who played M’Baku in the blockbuster Black Panther earlier this year, tweeted, “THANK YOU, @TheRealStanLee. You gave us characters that continue to stand the test of time and evolve with our consciousness. You taught us that there are no limits to our future as long as we have access to our imagination. Rest in power! #EXCELSIOR #StanLee #rip.”
Wolverine star Hugh Jackman tweeted, “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.
Ant-Man and the Wasp star Evangeline Lilly tweeted, “Stan…more than a master of stories, you always seemed like a master of living. I will look to you for inspiration for the rest of my life. You live on. xoxo Your Wasp.” Meanwhile, the man who was the Incredible Hulk to a generation of kids, Lou Ferrigno tweeted, “Not enough kind words to post about my dear friend
@TheRealStanLee. My life wouldn’t be the same without his incredible talent as a creator, storyteller and friend. Rest In Peace Stan. You’ll be missed.”
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
Anthony Mackie, who has appeared in several Marvel Comics films including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, tweeted, “You were a man before your time… now it feels like you are gone before your time. RIP Stan the Man… thanks for the laughs and words of support.” Anthony, who played Sam Wilson/Falcon added, “It’s a honor to live in your universe!
Other Hollywood stars paid tribute to the comic book hero shortly after his death was announced. The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik tweeted an old photo of Stan with the message, “What a loss to the world of geeks, nerds, superheroes and everyone who has enjoyed the marvelous Universes that Stan Lee crafted and molded and allowed us to be a part of.” She added, “There will never be another like him, that’s for sure.”
Her co-star Kaley Cuoco also mourned the passing of the Marvel icon who appeared on the show in a special episode. Sharing photos of her with Stan on Instagram, she wrote, “Iam [sic] so sad to hear that @therealstanlee has passed away! 😭 He left his magnificent stamp on our show @bigbangtheory_cbs in so many ways and we are eternally grateful. I adored his visits, hugs and fantastic stories. He was an epic superhero and I will never forget him!! #stanlee 💫 excelsior!!”
Actor Seth Rogen tweeted, “Thank you Stan Lee for making people who feel different realize they are special.” Meanwhile, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV writer Drew Greenberg tweeted that a tribute was paid to Stan in Hollywood onset. He wrote, “Moment of silence observed this morning on Stage 16. We are here in great part because of what @TheRealStanLee did. #AgentsOfSHIELD.”