Legendary Marvel Comics co-founder Stan Lee passed away on Monday at the age of 95.
Not long after the news made headlines some of Hollywood’s biggest names including the stars of his superhero movies Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds and Robert Downey Jr. posted touching tributes for the film producer.
Jackman, 50, known for playing X-Men’s Wolverine in several Marvel flicks, said of Lee: ‘We’ve lost a creative genius. Stan Lee was a pioneering force in the superhero universe.
‘I’m proud to have been a small part of his legacy and …. to have helped bring one of his characters to life. #StanLee #wolverine.’ he wrote next to an old selfie of the duo.
Old pals: Hugh Jackman, who played Wolverine in the X-Men films, paid tribute to Lee on Monday
Reynolds paid tribute on Instagram, initially sharing a snap of himself in full Deadpool makeup alongside the Marvel icon and writing: RIP Stan Lee.
Later he posted a screenshot of Lee in his Deadpool 2 cameo and captioned it, ‘Thanks for everything, Stan.’
Ironman star Downey Jr. also posted an Instagram of himself next to Lee against a green screen and a big red heart emoji over the top of the image.
‘I owe it all to you,,, Rest In Peace Stan… #MCU #Excelsior #legend #rip #stanlee #TeamStark ( @jimmy_rich )’ he wrote next to the shot.
‘RIP Stan Lee’; Ryan Reynolds in character as Deadpool shared this snap of the producer
The actor later posted this image of Stan
Josh Brolin was also quick to send in his condolences along with Millie Bobby Brown and Kaley Cuoco.
The co-founder of Marvel Comics had been in declining health for the past year, and there had been a number of battles regarding who would inherit his $70 million fortune.
An ambulance was called to Lee’s home in the Hollywood Hills early Monday and he was rushed to Cedars-Sinai, according to TMZ. He died shortly after arriving at the medical facility.
Lee is survived by his daughter and only child Joan Celia, known as ‘J.C.’
His wife Joan died in July last year after suffering complications from a stroke. The pair had been married for 70 years at the time of her death.
Lee was also a veteran, and his final tweet was sent out by his team on Sunday and commemorated his time in the service with a photo of the beloved comic-book creator in his uniform during World War II.
‘RIP legend’: Ironman Robert Downey Jr., shared this snap saying, ‘I owe it all to you’
Superhero: Stan Lee (above) passed away on Monday at the age of 95 after being rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles
Proudly served: Lee was also a veteran, and his final tweet was sent out by his team on Sunday and commemorated his time in the service (above)
Star of screen: Lee filmed a cameo in every Marvel Studios film, with Venom (above) being the most recent
Lee rose to fame in 1961 when he turned Timely Comics, where he started out in the industry as an assistant, into Marvel Comics.
That change came about in the 1960s, and Lee then proceeded to oversee the creation of many of the iconic superheroes people around the world know and love to this day.
The Incredible Hulk, Thor, the X-Men, Dr. Strange, Iron Man, Spider-Man and Captain America were just a few of the many superhuman, and super flawed, characters crated by Lee and artist Jack Kirby.
The relationship between Lee and Marvel had grown contentious in his final months however, and in May he filed a billion-dollar lawsuit against the company.
The complaint, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleged that POW! Entertainment CEO Shane Duffy and co-founder Gill Champion failed to fully disclose to Lee details of the firm’s 2017 sale to Camsing International.
Lee said that the company took advantage of him at a time when he was despondent over the death of his wife Joan and suffering from macular degeneration, a condition affecting the eyes.
Glowing tribute: John Brolin. who played both Cable and Thanos in the Marvel universe shared ths photo of the veteran, captioned, ‘Rest in Peace Dear Stan. You made our time here a better one’
As a result, he was duped into signing an agreement giving away the rights to his image and likeness, states the complaint.
Lee also argued that he was unable to read the document due to his eye condition and suggested the signature on the paperwork was not his own.
The comic-book legend was still a big part of the Marvel universe until his death though, making a cameo in every Marvel Studios film since 1993, with his most recent appearance being in Venom, which has proven to be yet another blockbuster.
That film, released in early October, had grossed $674 million at the worldwide box office as of Sunday on a $100 million budget.
Lee also served as an executive producer on these titles, which helped boost his fortune in a very big way in recent years.
In fact, in the past 10 years alone, Marvel Studios has released 20 films in the Marvel universe which have made over $17 billion at the box office.
This has easily earned it the title of the highest-grossing film franchise of all time.
Big moment: President George W. Bush congratulates comic book legend Stan Lee after presenting him with the 2008 National Medal of Arts awar
Family: Lee with his wife Joan in 2008 (left) and daughter J.C. in 2017 (right)
There was a long time when Lee’s comics were thought only good enough for the small screen, with CBS turning The Hulk into a successful television series in 1978 which lasted five season.
And on children’s television a number of his comics were turned into cartoons.
Then, in 2000, X-Men became the first of Lee’s comics to be turned into a feature-length studio film.
It was a roaring success and earned $130 million at the North America box office, a number that was besedt two years later when Spider-Man earned $400 million.
Four of Marvel Studio’s pictures – Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers and Black Panther -are among the the top 10 grossing films of all time.
This success caused much fighting over Lee’s wealth in his final days.
His legal woes began back in January, when DailyMail.com revealed that Lee had been accused of groping his nurses in a lawsuit, which was dismissed by his daughter as a shakedown of the old man.
Lee then sought a restraining orders against one manager and fired his road manager claiming he was victim of elder abuse.
At the same time, some are pointing a finger at his daughter J.C, with allegations her penchant for shopping and buying luxury goods was eating away at her father’s fortune.