In the wake of Stan Lee’s passing on Monday following complications from a medical emergency, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has spoken about the man’s influence and impact.
Talking with Variety, Feige stands in admiration of Lee’s legacy which goes beyond his comic character creations like Spider-Man, Black Panther and the X-Men and spreads across much of pop culture in the past few decades:
“The amazing thing to be thankful for is that Stan got to see it all happen. Stan dominated pop culture. He saw it and was aware and he loved it. I’ve been saying for years that the characters he created will outlive all of us making the movies, and enter the pantheon of myth which he read and was inspired by as a kid.
Stan was always very gracious with all of us at Marvel Studios and very encouraging. Despite his persona on stage, Stan was very humble. He was not the type to come in and tell us how to be, but he encouraged us to follow his lead.
Take ‘Black Panther’ – people would talk about the importance of the movie and what a brave thing it was for Walt Disney Studios to spend this kind of money on an almost entirely African-American cast — which is entirely true.
But look at what Stan Lee and Jack Kirby did in the 1960s, creating that character in the center of the Civil Rights movement. At many turns, as we work on the movies and aim to do justice, part of that is in taking those kinds of risks. And recognizing the important thematics that Stan did.”
Feige has indicated Stan has recorded his cameos in both “Captain Marvel” (which will be based on the Kelly Sue DeConnick-run of the comic) and the fourth “Avengers” already, but he won’t go into detail saying: “Stan always appreciated a good surprise.”