Farewell, Excelsior

"People are building bridges and engaging in medical research, and here I was, doing stories about fictional people who do extraordinary, crazy things and wear costumes."



Edited by: Reem Ali

The Incredible Hulk, The Mighty Thor, Ironman, The X-men, Spiderman, and Black Panther. Those are just a few characters among myriads of others that the late Stan Lee has brought, or aided in bringing, them to life.

Back in 1939, when Stan Lee first began the business and embarked on a career in comic book writing, he thought that he wasn’t doing a significant job. Not knowing the amount of lives he impacted or the joy he’s brought to people’s hearts, Stan said that: “I used to think what I did was not very important, people are building bridges and engaging in medical research, and here I was, doing stories about fictional people who do extraordinary, crazy things and wear costumes.” He later came to the realization that entertainment is not that easily dismissed, and that what he was doing actually meant something to people.

Lee’s comics really stood out due to the fact that he didn’t only give his characters power, but he also gave them a matching personality. Stan’s characters were known to have a certain sense of humanity, vulnerability, and actual real life problems that one wouldn’t expect a superhero to have. His deception of how a superhero should be is what made Marvel’s comic books game stronger; he definitely deserves at least some of the credit for making the Marvel name into what it is nowadays.

Some generations don’t really recognize Stan for his outstanding work as a comic book writer. However, they were lucky enough to know him as the old guy who makes random appearances in each and every Marvel movie. He had a total of 57 cameo appearances. It didn’t matter if he appeared as a bus driver, an astronaut, a random guest at a party, a hot dog vendor, or a mailman, fans were almost always excited to see how he’ll appear in the next movie. The question is though, did Stan Lee get the chance to have one last cameo appearance in the upcoming Avengers movie? If so and if the movie was already the end of an era for Marvel, will Stan’s last cameo make this term a bit more literal?

Stan Lee was a Marvel legend, a comic book writing icon, a fun, light-hearted presence in all the marvel movies, and an all-time fan favorite.

After 95 glorious years, Excelsior has signed off.