Yesterday Stan Lee would have turned 97, and some Marvel film personalities wanted to remember the legendary cartoonist with thank you messages and very touching anecdotes.
James Gunn, for example, recalled one of Stan Lee’s creations to which he is most attached: “Today, in what should have been the 97th birthday of my friend and hero Stan Lee, I would like to point out that, in addition to Spider-Man, Thor and Hulk, created one of the most popular Guardians of the Galaxy, Groot, who is rarely mentioned. I love you and I miss you, Stan. “
“Stan Lee would have been 97 today. What a legend … we owe you a lot,” wrote Andy Park, director of Visual Development at Marvel Studios. “I had the honor of drawing these three images of his iconic cameos in some of our films. Ryan Meinerding told the other Stan he sees in this opening tribute. Thanks, Stan Lee!”
C. Robert Cargill, co-writer of Doctor Strange together with director Scott Derrickson, recounted his first encounter with the Marvel icon: “I met Stan Lee on the Doctor Strange red carpet. An assistant approached me and said, “Excuse me, Mr. Cargill, Stan would like to meet you.” Having grown up with Marvel, my heart stopped. He said “I just wanted to let you know that I loved the movie. You hit on Stephen perfectly. “Boom. All the approval I needed for Doctor Strange ended in two sentences. I didn’t care what critics or friends thought of it. Stan loved him.”
Just a few days ago, Marvel Studios vice president Victoria Alonso confirmed that no one will take Stan Lee’s place in the MCU films: the cartoonist appeared for the last time in the Avengers: Endgame cameo.
Happy birthday to Stan “The Man” Lee! Thank you for everything. pic.twitter.com/kyqyFQ6Fyx
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) December 28, 2019
Today, on what would have been my friend & hero #StanLee’s 97th birthday, I’d like to point out, in addition to Spider-Man & the Hulk & Thor, etc, he created the most popular Guardian of the Galaxy, Groot, which is rarely mentioned. Love and miss you, Stan. ❤️ #StanLeeForever
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) December 28, 2019
Today Stan Lee would have been 97. What a legend… we owe you a lot. I was honored to paint these 3 images of his iconic cameos in some of our films. @MeinerdingArt did the other Stans you see in this opening montage tribute. Thank you Stan Lee! #StanLee #excelsior #nuffsaid pic.twitter.com/IPWn8Mfdpl
— Andy Park (@andyparkart) December 28, 2019
"You're the writer," he said.
"One of them, yes."
"I just wanted to tell you how much I loved the movie. You got Stephen right."
Boom. All the validation I ever needed for STRANGE boiled down in two sentences. It didn't matter what critics or my friends thought. Stan loved it. pic.twitter.com/smfC6ye9F3
— C. Robert Cargill (@Massawyrm) December 28, 2019