12:45pm PT by Graeme McMillan
'Avengers' Stars and Studios Honor Stan Lee in Tribute Ads
Tributes to Stan Lee have poured in from all corners since the death of the co-creator of such iconic characters as the Hulk, Iron Man and Spider-Man on Monday. The Nov. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine features six notable messages from those close to Lee.
The full-page tributes come from sources with clear connections to Lee — Disney, Sony and Fox all offer remembrances — and those slightly less obviously straightforward; although DC Entertainment published a handful of comics co-written by Lee in the early 2000s, the company nonetheless took time to mourn “the loss of our treasured friend and comic book visionary.”
Similarly, Margaret Loesch, who worked as Marvel Productions’ president and CEO in the 1980s — and would bring X-Men: The Animated Series to Fox Kids in the 1990s — also offered a tribute to her “friend, mentor and colleague for 38 years.”
For many, the most moving response is the message from the original Avengers of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner; their message, set against the Avengers “A” logo, makes note of Lee’s “creative contribution, the thousands of men and women it has long employed, the millions that continue to be entertained, and above all, his inimitable wit, grace, and humility.”
See the tributes below.