The loss of Stan Lee is a blow to us all. You simply can’t overstate the impact his life and work had not just on popular culture, but the world as we know it. And so, it seemed fitting to round up notable tributes to Stan the Man from around the world.
Some are from his colleagues at Marvel and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Others are more tangential, but no less heartfelt. What they all agree on is that the loss of Stan Lee is not something any of us will get over soon.
Here’s what members of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and other Marvel stars are saying about Stan.
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) November 12, 2018
Thank you for filling our childhoods with such joy. You will be dearly, dearly missed... pic.twitter.com/Qt2sZqaNlc
— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) November 12, 2018
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
Rest in Peace Stan Lee
— Letitia Wright (@letitiawright) November 12, 2018
— Louis D'Esposito (@louisde2) November 12, 2018
Goodnight Stan pic.twitter.com/XQzNnUtAeM
— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) November 12, 2018
Damn... RIP Stan. Thanks for everything. pic.twitter.com/TMAaDJSOhh
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 12, 2018
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
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/iOdefi7iYz
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) November 12, 2018
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
“You know, I guess one person can make a difference” pic.twitter.com/aaY6RALtNz
— Topher Grace (@TopherGrace) November 12, 2018
THANK YOU, @TheRealStanLee. You gave us characters that continue to stand the test of time and evolve with our consciousness. You taught us that there are no limits to our future as long as we have access to our imagination. Rest in power! #EXCELSIOR #StanLee #rip pic.twitter.com/hnSmnHIDln
— Winston Duke (@Winston_Duke) November 12, 2018
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Stan Lee and Dr. Seuss and Ray Bradbury. That’s where it begins and ends with me. 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. Rest In Peace Dear Stan. You made our time here a better one. #ripstanlee @robliefeld
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Sweet sweet Stan. You gave people all around the world something to believe in. Something bigger than themselves. You taught us that you don’t need to have powers to be super. That a big heart and kindness can change the world. You made everyone around you come to life with laughter and joy. I will miss the giggles. Thank you for all you have given us, you will be missed. Rip. ????????????
You were a man before your time... now it feels like you are gone before your time. RIP Stan the Man... thanks for the laughs and words of support. It’s a honor to live in your universe! #MarvelKnight pic.twitter.com/1TXdPqUB3x
— Anthony Mackie (@AnthonyMackie) November 12, 2018
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
Thank you @TheRealStanLee for the escape from this world & great joy inhabiting the ones you created!! You made so many believe in the good, the heroic, the villainous, the exciting, most of all, you were giving & gracious to us all. RIP
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) November 12, 2018
Sad, sad day. Rest In Power, Uncle Stan. You have made the world a better place through the power of modern mythology and your love of this messy business of being human... pic.twitter.com/x6yZ6ClNSX
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) November 12, 2018
Now that was a life well lived and lived to its fullest. Excelsior! 1922-2018
Thank you Stan Lee, from all your fans.
— Paul Bettany (@Paul_Bettany) November 12, 2018
And here are other creatives, from the worlds of comic books, movies, television and more reflecting on the loss.
Stan Lee was an icon and for many people, the face of comic books. His passing brings great sadness, but I take solace in knowing that what my grandfather, Stan and so many others like them gave us, will continue to inspire both young and old across the globe! RIP Stan. pic.twitter.com/b41IRBU3lY
— Jeremy Kirby (@jackkirbycomics) November 12, 2018
He changed the way we look at heroes, and modern comics will always bear his indelible mark. His infectious enthusiasm reminded us why we all fell in love with these stories in the first place. Excelsior, Stan.
— DC (@DCComics) November 12, 2018
"And now, until we meet again, may the blessings of Asgard be showered upon you!" - Stan Lee, Balder the Brave
Thank you for sharing your genius and your heart with the world, Stan. pic.twitter.com/uMjipTmyY6
— Geoff Johns (@geoffjohns) November 12, 2018
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This is how I’ll always see you, @therealstanlee: as our benevolent leader and king, smiling down from your eternal throne on the generations of imaginations you fed and inspired. You were the first creator whose voice I knew before I’d ever actually heard it. You dreamed up some of my favorite modern myths and created characters that instilled in me a moral barometer, teaching me right from wrong and showing me it’s always better to be a hero instead of a villain. Your characters represented us: yes, they had extraordinary, unbelievable abilities, but they were also reflections of a world we knew, where a Spider-Man is really just a boy who wants to help. You showed me how to interact with the audience whenever you stepped onto Stan’s Soapbox to reach out to the readers. You showed me how to advocate for my field beyond the actual art itself whenever you tub thumped for comic books outside of the medium. It was never enough for you to simply make a comic because you were a true salesman at heart. So you not only sold comics, you sold me *on* comics - so much so that I built a life and career around your dreams and ideals. When you did Mallrats with us, you not only made a lifelong fan’s dream come true, you also lent me comic book credibility that I still get to spend today. And whether it was for @comicbookmenamc or @yogahosers, whenever I asked to borrow your heat again, you were always there for me with a smile. Your love story with Joanie and your long, happy marriage always shined as an example of what I wanted for my personal life. I long admired (and emulated) your kindness and patience and sense of humor when dealing with your public. Outside of my parents, you were the one adult who gave me the most useful life skills I still use today. Thank you, Stan, for making me not only the boy I was but also the man I am today. You had great power and you always used it responsibly, fostering billions of dreamers who all know your name - a name written in the stars for all time. You were not just the literary titan of comic books, you were our modern day Mark Twain. I will miss you all my days, my friend and hero. Excelsior forevermore. #KevinSmith #StanLee
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R.I.P. Stan Lee. We have lost a Titan of Creativity and Industry. These are my last photos with Stan, taken in August at his home by Jon Bollerjack. I was summoned by “The Man”, he wanted a friendly face, a change of pace. I was up the next day. He was peaceful and comfortable and in great spirits. He sat in his favorite chair overlooking his pool and the beautiful canyons. I thanked him for being a visionary, not just creatively, but being a visionary in bringing Marvel to Hollywood, knowing how well they would be served by tv and film. Kids of the 1970’s, kids my age grew up with The Hulk tv show, live action Spider Man TV movies, Dr. Strange film on CBS. It was an exciting time and it was a result of Stan’s decision to travel west and present the Marvel characters to Hollywood. He started the Marvel Age Of Comics as well as the Marvel Age Of Film that we enjoy today. I have many stories from my history and travels with Stan. We never had a better Ambassador. And we won’t ever see another like him. All I know is the Good Lord has pulled up a chair and Stan is currently bending all the ears in the heaven’s with his amazing tales and lore. They are hanging on his every word and sentence. #stanlee #marvel #hulk #fantasticfour #xmen #spiderman #thor #excelsior
— Jim Lee (@JimLee) November 12, 2018
I wrote a fan letter to Stan Lee as a kid. He sent me a thank you note and a signed copy of HOW TO DRAW COMICS THE MARVEL WAY. There is a part where it compares two different ways to frame a dialogue scene. I literally started my filmmaking education there.
— Joseph Kahn (@JosephKahn) November 12, 2018
He lives forever through his work. What a giant.
With great power comes immortality. ???????????? pic.twitter.com/t395qw9H0L
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 12, 2018
When I was a kid I won a contest in a Spiderman off-shoot comic. The person who called to tell me was Stan Lee. RIP and ‘nuff said. pic.twitter.com/AFaQXtr1nn
— greg mottola (@gregmottola) November 12, 2018
Thank you Stan Lee for making people who feel different realize they are special.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) November 12, 2018
Awww man, heartbreaking. R.I.P. to a true pioneer and legend. My youth wouldn’t have been the same without him. So grateful to have met the guy, and told him how thankful I was for his work. #stanlee https://t.co/UiYscXKoLQ
— James Wan (@creepypuppet) November 12, 2018
No writer or their work has ever had as profound an effect on my life as that of Stan "The Man" Lee. In the history of the written word, no one even comes close. His stories will live on for every generation. Never "The End". Always "To Be Continued..."
— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) November 12, 2018
We met Stan when were were scrubs who snuck in to a party at comicon. He was as kind and encouraging then as he was when we met professionally years later. Thank you Stan for making us True Believers as kids and over and over again as adults.
— philip lord (@philiplord) November 12, 2018
Stan Lee was an epic creator and a sweet funny guy. 95 years is a long time to live but his inspiration and influence will last far far beyond. Excelsior! #ripstanlee
— alan tudyk (@AlanTudyk) November 12, 2018
Rest in peace, Stan Lee. The many worlds of imagination & delight you created for humanity will last forever.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 12, 2018
RIP to one of the greatest creative minds of our time. Thank you for such an incredible legacy and for giving us so many icons that will continue to live on long after you are gone. Goodbye #stanlee - we love you. pic.twitter.com/nxwI1YS3OT
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) November 12, 2018
His contribution to Pop Culture was revolutionary & cannot be overstated. He was everything you hoped he would be & MORE. I loved this man & will never stop missing him. They say you should never meet a childhood idol. They are wrong. #RIPStanTheMan pic.twitter.com/6OKH07ahJg
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 12, 2018
Thanks for being our hero, Stan. pic.twitter.com/HZlUeZW87s
— Netflix US (@netflix) November 12, 2018
Somber, reflective day today @Marvel HQ. Stan Lee was Uncle Ben to all of us here.
— sana amanat (@MiniB622) November 12, 2018
— Tumblr (@tumblr) November 12, 2018
So sad to hear Stan Lee has moved on to his next adventure. He added such dimension to culture, and to millions and millions of fans he opened doors to new ways of looking at the world. A true storyteller. pic.twitter.com/LheI1eWUHt
— Adam Savage (@donttrythis) November 12, 2018
At age 7, I drew this weird portrait of Stan Lee and asked my Mom to send it to him. Thankfully she didn't because 30+ years later, I got to give it to the great one in person. Thanks for all the fun Stan #Excelsior pic.twitter.com/IpfYBSjWyf
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) November 12, 2018
— Image Comics (@ImageComics) November 12, 2018
What can I say about the loss of a visionary who created one of my favorite characters I've ever played? Stan Lee's fun-loving wit, charm, and poetic legacy will keep him alive for generations to come. My heart hurts, and he will be sorely missed.#StanLee #RIP @TheRealStanLee pic.twitter.com/EPST2GkNTu
— Doug Jones (@actordougjones) November 12, 2018
BOOM! Studios offers condolences to the family and friends of Stan Lee. We are saddened to learn of his passing, but will carry his teachings of heroism and inclusivity with us forever. #Excelsior pic.twitter.com/qMI20gnu8E
— BOOM! Studios (@boomstudios) November 12, 2018
Though you could say I let him down, Stan Lee kept in touch. Today we say goodbye to one of the greatest creative icons in history, someone who always reminded us his humanity was not a secret identity. Rest in peace, Stan. ❤ pic.twitter.com/ZreHPPMiZ3
— Josh Trank (@joshuatrank) November 12, 2018
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I am so grateful to have known and worked with this man, even briefly, over the years. He quite literally changed the landscape of entertainment forever. The term “Legend” seems to get thrown around a lot these days, but this man is most deserving of it. Thank you for everything, Stan. May the heavens be made more colorful with your arrival. Excelsior. ???? #ripstanlee
Stan Lee, RIP. Thanks for inspiring so many of us to pick up a pen or pencil and put your dreams onto paper. Excelsior! pic.twitter.com/L33eTjUQdI
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) November 12, 2018
What a man. What a life.
When I first broke into Hollywood, he welcomed me with open arms and some very sage advice I’ll forever take to heart.
A true icon who impacted generations around the world.
Rest in love, my friend. #imagination #stanlee ???? pic.twitter.com/dw3FXMgyHp
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) November 12, 2018
Rest in peace, Soldier.
Comic book creator @TheRealStanLee has passed away at the age of 95. Lee served in the #USArmy Signal Corps during WWII from 1942-1945. We are deeply grateful for his service to our country and for his tremendous support to servicemembers. #Excelsior! pic.twitter.com/P9tdwoxxx2
— U.S. Army (@USArmy) November 12, 2018
We’ll keep this post updated as more people react to the passing of the late, great Stan Lee.