Stan Lee recorded a message for his fans before his death and spoke about how much he loves them and how much he's grateful to them. The entire world got emotional when news about Stan Lee passing away was out.
In his entire life, Stan Lee created some of the most popular Marvel characters in history including Spider-Man, X Men, the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man. Lee has given us memorable cameos in films based on Marvel Comics. He is considered as one of the most legendary names in the history of comic books and the leading creative force behind the rise of Marvel Comics.
Here are 10 most memorable characters he left for us.
One of the most famous characters Lee helped create was none other than Peter Parker/Spider-Man. He first appeared in the comic book Amazing Fantasy in 1962. Several other supporting characters also made their first appearance in Amazing Fantasy comics, including Aunt May, Uncle Ben, Flash Thompson, and Liz Allan. Spider-Man is Marvel's most successful character of all time and the most profitable comic book character ever. With comic book sales, film deals, animated shows, video games, merchandise and clothing sales, he's been a smash hit ever since his debut in 1962. With the growing teenage comic book audience, Stan Lee wanted to create a character that teenagers could relate to, dealing with the problems of adolescence.
Thanks to Marvel Cinematic Universe and Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man is one of the most popular superheroes in the world, known for his humor and quick wit, before Iron Man came into MCU, the character was a lot more serious and reserved. He was a founding member of the Avengers in the comics, the first hero of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that ranked high among comic book fans. What draws everyone to him is that he took a bad situation and created a way out. Also, there's a good guy who wants to make a difference and protect his world.
Stan Lee created the Hulk with artist Steve Ditko for his own solo series The Incredible Hulk, in 1962, which was canceled after just six issues. However, Stan Lee liked the character so much that Hulk began appearing in Tales to Astonish frequently until the series was renamed to The Incredible Hulk. Stan Lee has stated that the character was inspired by a combination of Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, both stories which also feature a brilliant scientist who creates a monster. The Incredible Hulk has been one of Marvel's most popular characters for years, spawning their longest running live-action series, The Incredible Hulk, which ran for five seasons, along with three feature films. The Hulk is one of the original founding members of The Avengers in the comics.
Stan Lee was not the original creator behind the Norse Mythology comic characters. Lee was the creator of Marvel's version of the Mighty God of Thunder Thor, along with his brother Larry Leiber and artist Jack Kirby. He first appeared in Journey into Mystery in 1962 and went on to become one of the founding members of the Avengers. supporting characters including Balder,
Heimdall, Loki and Odin made their comic debut in October 1962. He stated that readers were already familiar with gods of Greek and Roman mythology, so he thought it would be more fun to delve into Norse legends, eventually deciding on create Thor for his iconic hammer and power to control lightning.
Natasha Romanova, the Black Widow, made her first appearance in 1964's Tales of Suspense. She was a Russian spy and antagonist of Iron Man. She later joined S.H.I.E.L.D. in The Avengers 1966, and later became a member of The Avengers. In the MCU, Black Widow is played by Scarlett Johansson and has appeared in five films, more than any character except for Captain America, Nick Fury and Iron Man. In the comics, she has been the love interest of Hawkeye, Captain America, Winter Soldier and Daredevil. Black Widow has headlined dozens of specials, mini-series and ongoing comics since her debut, and there are rumors that her own solo film is finally closer than expected.
Stan Lee created Ant-Man with his brother Larry Leiber and artist Jack Kirby in 1962. Ant-Man gets his abilities from the suit, which has been worn by different people throughout the years, but Stan Lee's original Ant-Man was Hank Pym, who invented the suit and the Pym Particles that allow the user to alter their size. Hank Pym was also one of the founding members of The Avengers, though he didn't appear in the MCU until after the second Avengers movie.
Doctor Stephen Strange, was created by Stan Lee in 1963 as a way to bring a different kind of character and mysticism in Marvel Comics. A Comic book titled Strange Tales in 1963 was a big issue for fans of mysticism as Dr. Strange, Wong and the Ancient One were introduced in it. Doctor Strange never reached the level of popularity of other Marvel characters like Iron Man and Spider-Man, but the MCU's Doctor Strange in 2016 raked in $677 million worldwide, making it Marvel Studios one of the most profitable film ever.
From the most-beloved Avenger in Clint Barton's Hawkeye to the oldest member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Stan Lee helped to create characters like a super spy in the comics. Less than a year later, he joined the Avengers in comic books and has been a prominent member of the team ever since. Hawkeye has been an important character in the Marvel universe as one of the few deaf superheroes in mainstream comics when he lost his hearing in the 1983 issue Hawkeye miniseries.
Hawkeye has been played by Jeremy Renner in the MCU since his cameo appearance in Thor in 2011 but has yet to lose his hearing on-screen. Since Renner has expressed an interest in either a solo movie or a Netflix series, the possibility is still open for the future.
The character first appeared in Captain America Comics in 1941 from Timely Comics, a predecessor of Marvel Comics. Captain America was designed as a patriotic supersoldier who often fought during World War II and was Timely Comics' most popular character during the wartime period. The popularity of superheroes faded following the war and the Captain America comic book was discontinued in 1950. Since Marvel Comics revived the character in 1964, Captain America has remained in publication.
Captain America was the first Marvel Comics character to appear outside comics with the release of the 1944 serial, Captain America. Since then, the character has been featured in other films and television series. In MCU, the character is portrayed by Chris Evans in Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War and the fourth Avengers film.
Black Panther was the first black superhero in to appear in mainstream American comic book history, first appearing in Fantastic Four in 1966. He's one of the smartest, richest and most deadly human in the Marvel universe.
Panther's Rage has received widespread critical praise even today and has been called Marvel's first graphic novel. Black Panther recently made his live-action debut in Captain America: Civil War played by Chadwick Boseman, who also reprised the role in his own Black Panther solo film.