Stan Lee cemented his legacy alongside the likes of Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne, Robert Duval, Sandra Bullock and Marilyn Monroe in a hand and foot print ceremony at Hollywood’s Chinese Theater. Â Fan-owned media company Legion M organized the ceremony. Â Geek royalty including director and comic fan Kevin Smith, and Marvel Studios icons including studio president Kevin Feige,Â Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, SHIELD Agent Clark Gregg, and Guardians of the Galaxy Director James Gunn paid tribute to Lee. Â Stan Lee co-created numerous Marvel characters and teams including (Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and the Avengers) along with artists including Jack Kerby and Steve Ditko.
Stan Lee waxed eloquent about having such great friends and wished his late wife Joan could have seen it. Â “Thank you with all my heart,” Â said Lee.
Kevin Smith acted as emcee for the event. Â About Stan Lee, Kevin Smith said, “He didn’t teach me to read, but he taught me to enjoy reading. Â He didn’t teach me to dream, but he gave me so many great things to dream about.” Â Smith also quipped that in New Jersey putting someone in cement has a completely different meaning.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige told a story about how once saved a voice mail from Stan Lee for twelve years because of how much he loved it. Â Feige lauded Lee for his many Marvel creations.
Clark Gregg has played in Stan Lee’s world consistently. Mr Gregg portrays SHIELD Agent Phil Coulsen in film, live action TV and animation since 2008.Â “Playing in your world, Stan, means we get to wrestle with timeless themes of good and evil in a magnificent universe made up of enhanced beings, aliens, alternate dimensions, and sentient LMDs, which means for me every day is bring your inner child to work day,” Mr Gregg enthused.
Chadwick Boseman said,Â “The difference between an enemy and a superhero is that responsibility, how we that use that moment — this has never been exhibited better than when Stan Lee created Black Panther,” Â Boseman remarked upon Stan Lee’s creating his character, Black Panther, in 1966 amid the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement. Â Stan Lee created Black Panther as a hero with dark skin who wanted to use his powers make the world a better place.