With so many lives touched by Stan Lee’s story telling, we wanted to share the reactions of various Marvel actors and actresses and what they had to say in remembrance of Stan.
“There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!” -Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America)
“You were always so kind and enthusiastic and a delight to be around. Thank you, Stan. For all these much loved characters.” -Hayley Atwell (Margaret “Peggy” Carter/Agent Carter)
“Thank you great legend. You will be missed. I wouldn’t be here without you.” -Sebastian Stan (“Bucky” Barnes,/Winter Soldier/White Wolf)
“How many millions of us are indebted to this guy, none more so than me. The father of Marvel has made so many so incredibly happy. What a life and what a thing to have achieved. Rest In peace Stan.” -Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man)
“The legend himself. Thank you for all you gave us. I could not be more honored to be a very small piece of your world. Rest in superpower.” -Zendaya (MJ)
“I owe it all to you,,, Rest In Peace Stan…” -Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man)
“On set right now and just heard the news. Stan gave us so much joy, and not just as an exceptional storyteller and artist, but also through his work with his foundation. His ‘Tony Stank’ line will live with us forever. Rest in power, friend.” -Don Cheadle (James Rhodes/War Machine)
“I just heard about Stan Lee. He will be so missed. What a genius, and always so lovely. True gentleman.” -Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts)
“We’ve lost a creative genius. Stan Lee was a pioneering force in the superhero universe. I’m proud to be a small part of his legacy and… to have helped bring one of his characters to life.” -Hugh Jackman (Logan/Wolverine)
“RIP, Stan Lee. Thank you for sharing your incredible vision with us. We are eternally grateful to you and would not be the same without it. I am so honored to have played a part in your world and will forever look back on the opportunity with love.” -Halle Berry (Storm)
“Stan Lee and Dr. Seuss and Ray Bradbury. That’s where it begins and ends for me. To those of us who have been so deeply affected by the humanity of his imagination, the understanding of reaching beyond our potential and the necessity of tapping into our immeasurable imaginations, we thank you and are forever indebted. Rest in Peace Dear Stan. You made our time here a better one.” -Josh Brolin (Thanos/Cable)
“Stan…more than a master of stories, you always seemed like a master of living. I will look to you for inspiration for the rest of my life. You live on. xoxo Your Wasp” -Evangeline Lilly (Hope Van Dyne/The Wasp)
“Thanks for everything Stan Lee! What a life, so well lived. I consider myself extraordinarily lucky to have gotten to meet you and to have played in the world you created.” -Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/Star Lord)
“Today we lost one of the greats. Stan Lee, you were a inspiration and superhero to us all. Thank you for contributing so much- and giving us all something to aspire to!” -Zoe Saldana (Gamora)
“Thank you Stan Lee, for the escape from this world & great joy inhabiting the ones you created!! You made so many believe in the good, the heroic, the villainous, the exciting, most of all, you were giving & gracious to us all. RIP” -Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury)
“The galaxy just gained another Dog Star. Thankful everyday to be a small part of Stan’s universe. He was a legendary visionary and a true artist.” -Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow)
“Sad, sad day. Rest In Power, Uncle Stan. You have made the world a better place through the power of modern mythology and your love of this messy business of being human…” -Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk)
“RIP my friend. Thank you for the incredible adventures your stories took all of us on. My love and support goes out to all your friends and family.” -Chris Hemsworth (Thor)
“Stan Lee. A gentleman and a genius. It was an honor to be a small part of his universe. Rest In Peace.” – Kat Dennings (Darcy)
“Legend. Godspeed Stan I feel blessed to have Known you. You made this place better and brought joy to everyone you met. Rest In Peace.” -Karl Urban (Skurge/The Executioner)
“The legend: Stan Lee. Very blessed to have known you. Thank you for all the heroes you assembled and gifted us.” -Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver)
“Now that was a life well lived and lived to its fullest. Excelsior! 1922-2018. Thank you Stan Lee, from all your fans.”- Paul Bettany (JARVIS/Vision)
“Damn… RIP Stan. Thanks for everything.” -Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool)
“Rest In Peace Stan Lee” -Letitia Wright (Shuri) “THANK YOU, Stan Lee. You gave us characters that continue to stand the test of time and evolve with our consciousness. You taught us that there are no limits to our future as long as we have access to our imagination. Rest in power!” -Winston Duke (M’baku)
“Onward and upward to greater glory! Excelsior! Good man, Excelsior!” -Angela Basset (Queen Ramonda)
“I am saddened to learn about the passing of Stan Lee. From watching Marvel films with my friends in college to having the privilege to take on one of his characters in Black Panther, Stan’s creative genius sparked my imagination and left me in awe. His legacy will carry on in all of us who relish in the worlds he created. Worlds that renew our spirits and help us cope with our own.” -Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia)
“Sweet, sweet Stan. You gave people all around the world something to believe in. Something bigger than themselves, You taught us that you don’t need to have powers to be super. That a big heart and kindness can change the world. You made everyone around you come to life with laughter and joy. I will miss the giggles. Thank you for all you have given us, you will be missed. RIP.” -Chloe Bennet
“Stan Lee was a brilliant, kindhearted gent whose stories thrilled me as a kid. I was utterly starstruck when I met him and I will never forget that though Phil Coulson was one of the few MCU characters who did not appear in the original comics, he always treated me like one of his own.” -Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson/Agent Coulson)
“Dear Stan, thank you for your imagination and incredible ability to see the superhero within all of us, painting such wonderful stories of hope and humor. You will be missed enormously but your spirit will live on in the most magical way—bringing stories and characters of inspiration, inclusion and the funniest one liners. Being able to get to work with you and hang out was a dream come true. I’ve never met someone with so much wit and charisma whilst also having the most humility. Plus, we filmed a scene on a moving train and you didn’t miss a beat whilst I was clumsily falling over all over the place. Thank you for all your advice and the inspiration you leave all of us with. RIP. One of a kind.” -Elizabeth Henstridge (Jemma Simmons/Agent Simmons)
“Thank you for your imagination, passion and humor.” -Finn Jones (Danny Rand/Iron Fist)
“Was an honor my friend. Rest easy. Thanks for letting me play. Thanks for giving us so much. You will be missed.” -Jon Bernthal (Frank Castle/The Punisher)
Along with the actors, Marvel Directors The Russo Brothers and Joss Whedon, as well as Executive Producer Kevin Feige, and Walt Disney Company CEO, Bob Iger, made special announcements in honor of Stan Lee.
“Thank you for filling our childhoods with such joy. You will be dearly, dearly missed…” -The Russo Brothers
“Stan Lee created a universe where, if a character was beloved enough, they could never really die. Now THAT’S thinking ahead. Thanks for so much of my life. You’ll never not be in it.” -Joss Whedon
“No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee. Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all. Our thoughts are with his daughter, his family, and his millions of fans.” -Kevin Feige
“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created. A super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect. The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart.” -Bob Iger
Although there are many stories to be shared by those who knew him, we could never do justice to all he has done for his fans, his family, his friends, but most of all the hope and joy he has brought to men and women of all ages, ethnicity, and backgrounds. His career is one for the books and his legacy will live on forever in the lives of those he touched. Rest in Peace Stan. Excelsior!
Some content has been edited for clarity and length.
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