Two things I learned about today. One is that the trailer for Detective Pikachu
has been released. I was going to share my thoughts on that in this journal, but I'll postpone that for a couple of days because something more important turned up. I just found out that comic book legend Stan Lee
has passed away.
Fans worldwide mourn his loss and my heart goes out to his family. Any account of his influence on comic books would be an understatement. He ushered in the Silver Age and brought us some of the most beloved and memorable superheroes ever. Their popularity is evident on their continued success through the Marvel Cinematic Universe
and other forms of media that helped them reach a wider audience. We all grew up reading or watching these heroes and found one that we liked and identified with most. It was inspiring. It encouraged many fans to create their own heroes and tell their own story of daring and bravery. Stan Lee helped mold the comic book community into what it is today.
In his senior years, Stan Lee continued to remain in the public eye through his persistent cameos in films like the MCU, X-Men, Spider-Man and others. His cameos were always a delight for fans to spot and his character in the MCU has since become known as a Watcher informant. As the franchise developed over the years, I grew increasingly worried about Stan Lee who was already in his nineties. Every time he showed up on screen, I thought "Is this the last time I see Stan lee alive?" 95 is a very advanced age, and I suspect that part of the reason he lived so long is the pleasure it brought to see so many of his creations be witnessed and enjoyed on an unprecedented scale through film franchises. He added a special touch to every one of them with his humorous bit parts, and it will be bittersweet seeing his final appearance in Avengers 4
Excelsior, Stan Lee! Comic books wouldn't the same without you. Thank you.