Marvel legend Stan Lee passes away; Avengers, Wolverine, Deadpool say goodbye

Comic book legend Stan Lee died on Monday at the age of 95, and his fans, friends and colleagues took to social media to commemorate the iconic Marvel comics creator.

Among those who spoke out were some of Marvel’s biggest stars, including “Captain America” star Chris Evans, “Iron Man” front man Robert Downey Jr. and “Guardians of the Galaxy” actor Chris Pratt.

Hugh Jackman, who played Wolverine in the “X-Men” franchise, and “Guardians of the Galaxy” stars Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana also sent their appreciation.

“For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy,” Evans tweeted. “He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives.”

Sebastian Stan, known for his onscreen role as the Winter Soldier in the Captain America movies, wrote, “Thank you great legend. You will be missed. I wouldn’t be here without you.”

Onscreen Wolverine Hugh Jackman also paid his tribute to the comic genius, and 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. #StanLee #Wolverine.”

Quoting Lee’s daughter, J.C., TMZ reported that an ambulance was rushed to his Hollywood Hills home on Monday morning (local time), following which he was taken to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he breathed his last.

The creator of Black Panther, Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Avengers and The Incredible Hulk amongst an array of well-loved superheroes, Lee had started Marvel comics with Jack Kirby in 1961 with ‘Fantastic Four’. He also made cameo appearances in all of the Marvel movies.

He had suffered major medical ailments over the last year. Lee is survived by his daughter. His wife, Joan, died in 2017.