Comic book legend Stan Lee died on Monday and celebrities who have portrayed his Marvel Universe characters in movies and on TV are posting emotional tributes to his life.
Lee, who died at the age of 95, helped create some of the best-known comic book characters of all time, including Spider-Man, Hulk, Thor, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four and Daredevil.
“Stan Lee’s passion, charisma, and his love for the characters and stories he created shaped Marvel into what it is today,” Dan Buckley, president of Marvel Entertainment, said in a statement. “His spirit lives on in the people he’s inspired. His legacy will never be forgotten.”
Below are some of the celebrity tributes starting to pour in:
Ryan Reynolds ― Wade Wilson/Deadpool of “Deadpool”
“Thanks for everything, Stan,” Reynolds wrote in an Instagram post shortly after news broke of the pop culture icon’s death.
Chris Evans ― Steve Rogers/Captain America of “The Avengers”
“There will never be another Stan Lee,” Evans tweeted. “For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy.”
Hugh Jackman ― Wolverine of “X-Men”
“We’ve lost a creative genius,” Jackman tweeted. “I’m proud to have been a small part of his legacy and .... to have helped bring one of his characters to life.”
Halle Berry ― Storm of “X-Men”
“We are eternally grateful to you and would not be the same without it,” Berry wrote. “I am so honored to have played a part in your world, and will forever look back on the opportunity with love.”
Rebecca Romijn ― Mystique of “X-Men”
“He may be gone, but his teachings live on through us, his students,” Romijn wrote. “Wherever we may go, we must carry on his vision. And that is a vision of a world united.”
Jaimie Alexander ― Sif of “Thor”
“Thank you for everything,” Alexander wrote.
George Takei ― Wong of the “Spider-Man” animated TV series
“His stories will live on and continue to ignite the imaginations of generations to come,” Takei tweeted. “Rest with the stars, great sir.”
Patton Oswalt ― The Koenig brothers of “Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Oswalt said Lee had a “permanent cameo in heaven.”
J. August Richards ― Mike Peterson/Deathlok of “Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
“Thank you Stan Lee for allowing me to dream as a child then realize my dream as an adult,” tweeted Richards.
James Wan ― Director of “Aquaman”
“R.I.P. to a true pioneer and legend,” Wan tweeted. “My youth wouldn’t have been the same without him.”
Though Aquaman was part of the DC Comics universe, Lee wrote a comic book for the character in 2002 as part of his “Just Imagine” series, in which he reimagined several DC superheroes.
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