Stan Lee, the iconic Marvel Studios writer who was responsible for Spider-Man, the X-Men, Thor, Iron Man, Black Panther and the Fantastic Four, has passed away at the age of 95.
Lee began his career as the creator of some of the most iconic superheroes the world has known in 1939, and died early Monday morning at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Lee was essential in escalating Marvel from its state back in the day to being the top distributor of comic books, and had the help of others like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. The Walt Disney Co. bought Marvel for $4 billion in 2009.
Lee was most strongly credited for his efforts against censorship in comic books, and in making superheroes like Spider Man and X Man have very real qualities like worrying about daily life.
Many people have already taken to social media to mourn the legend’s passing.
Lee had a rough 2017. After his wife passed away in July, he sued POW!, a company he founded himself in 2001 for $1 billion, dropping the suit a little while after first filing it. He also sued his ex-business manager during the year and filed for a restraining order against the manager of his estate.
Lee was being investigated for a case concerning elderly assault.