Marvel Legend Stan Lee Dead at 95

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"Awww man, heartbreaking. R.I.P.to a true pioneer and legend", tweeted Australian filmmaker James Wan, who directed numerous "Saw" and "Insidious" movies as well as helming Aquaman, an upcoming superhero film based on the character by Marvel rival DC Comics.

"A champion of promoting literacy and the arts, Lee founded the Stan Lee Foundation in 2010 with the goal of supporting, "...equal access to literacy and education". "He was the greatest, most decent man". Since the formation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Lee has made a cameo appearance in each of the superhero films, though their relationship went through a rocky period.

An avid comic fan, Lee got his start at a company called Timely Productions in 1939, where he would do menial jobs like refill ink wells and fetch lunch for the staff.

The man leading those next stages of Marvel's growth wore his heart on his sleeve in a statement after Lee's death at 95-years old today.

Along with Jack Kirby, who had rejoined the company, Lee helped create superheroes we know so well today, including Spider-Man, Hulk, Thor, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four and Daredevil. "To those of us who have been so deeply affected by the humanity of his imagination, the understanding of reaching beyond our potential and the necessity of tapping into our immeasurable imaginations, we thank you and are forever indebted", he said.

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If you consider yourself a fan of superhero films or movies - no matter which universe they take place in - you have probably heard of Stan Lee. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. "What a life and what a thing to have achieved", the Spider-Man star wrote on Instagram.

If nerds have become cool, Stan Lee bears a huge chunk of the credit.

"No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee".

"So, Stan, typically we try to get him out - he doesn't love to fly - so we try to get him out for his cameos around the same time". He is survived by his daughter, JC.

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