The Avengers, Spider-Man, Thor, Hulk, Iron Man, the X-Men… Stan Lee was more than just a comic book writer – he was a bona fide legend who is responsible who creating some of the world’s most recognisable pop culture icons.
Many of his creations were first spread through comic books, and through movies, specifically those in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that characters he created, like Iron Man, Thor, Spider-Man, and Hulk, spread into the mainstream conciousness.
Here are some of the reactions from Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Fiege and some of the actors who played characters he created (and some he did not, but helped make popular):
Kevin Fiege, Marvel Studios president
No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee. Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all. Our thoughts are with his daughter, his family, and his millions of fans. #ThankYouStan #Excelsior!
— Kevin Feige (@Kevfeige) November 12, 2018
Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man)
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Chris Evans (Captain America)
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
Tom Holland (Spider-Man)
Lou Ferrigno, the original Hulk
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 👍🏽
— Lou Ferrigno (@LouFerrigno) November 12, 2018
Chris Pratt (Star-Lord)
Thanks for everything Stan Lee! What a life, so well lived. I consider myself extraordinarily lucky to have gotten to meet you and to have played in the world you created.
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) November 12, 2018
Zoe Saldana (Gamora)
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! 💚
— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) November 12, 2018
Evangeline Lily (The Wasp)
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
#liveon #StanLee pic.twitter.com/JRA2aRM3bG
— Evangeline Lilly (@EvangelineLilly) November 12, 2018
Hugh Jackman (Wolverine)
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 pic.twitter.com/SQMlGvrCv5
— Hugh.M. Jackman (@HughMJackman2) November 12, 2018