Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has released a moving tribute to Stan Lee. Feige remembers the last time she met with the comic legend, which was two weeks before her death. They met to discuss the future, and Lee remembered the past while joking with Feige in his characteristic humor. There has been a lot of tribute to Lee on social media, but Feige adds an extra touch to the collaboration with Stan the Man.
Kevin Feige began his tribute by taking him to the beginning for Stan Lee. By now, it is known that Lee was not happy with what he was doing originally in Marvel Comics, and that his late wife played an important role in achieving what would become one of the greatest and beloved superheroes in history. . Lee's collaborations with Jack Kirby and others are now the stuff of legend. Explains Feige.
"You've heard the legend, which I think is true, that when Stan Lee was a young writer at Marvel Comics he was tired of doing the same, and his wife, Joan, encouraged him to write the kind of stories he wanted to read. That's what led to the Fantastic four. Then Hulk, and Spiderman. So Iron Man, and the X Men, And everything else. He realized, in the midst of his incredible career of the 1960s, what he was creating, that people responded to his characters in the same way that he responded to the ancient myths he had read as a child, and said: Wait a moment . Let me turn one of those characters into a hero. And we have Thor, we have Odin, we have Loki, we have Hela. "
While Kevin Lee's tribute to Stan Lee continues, the head of Marvel Studios praises Lee for taking risks. Once Lee began writing about what he wanted to read, he began to create worlds that never existed before, and began to find his balance. For Lee, it was not just about the hero and the skills, it was about something deeper. Feige had this to say.
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"Stan was a charismatic and well-spoken animator for his characters and comics in general, and he was a very progressive narrator, he took risks and wrote what he believed in. You see that the quote goes from one to the other. his old columns of Stan's Soapbox about how a story without a message is like a man without a soul … Wow, that's true, and wow, that's evident in all the stories he told. "
When talking about Stan Lee taking a risk, Kevin Feige starts talking about Black Panther. Feige is still impressed by what Ryan Coogler could achieve with the film, but it would never have happened if Lee and Jack Kirby had not taken the risk they did. Black Panther was created during the civil rights movement, and he was not just another superhero. Challa was the smartest and richest hero, with better technology than anyone else.
When he talks about his last meeting with Stan Lee, Kevin Feige notes that he left him with a joke. The two were discussing the future and possibly even more cameos, which led Lee to admit something to Feige. Lee explains.
"I know you want me to star in the next movie, but I have to stick to the cameos, you'll have to leave the lead roles to the other actors.
For Feige, that's exactly who Stan Lee was. He always liked to shoot his cameos and was interested in adding more lines and announcements, but in the end, he knew it was not just about him. You can read the rest of Kevin Feige's long and touching tribute to Stan Lee on Entertainment Weekly.