Today, Thursday, would have been Marvel Comics leader Stan Lee’s 100th birthday.
“100 years ago, Stan was born in NYC. Over the last century, his work changed the pop culture landscape & influenced millions,” reads a post from the official Stan Lee Twitter account, which is kept in use by POW! Entertainment.
“At LA Comic Con, fans left messages for Stan’s centennial. Inspiration. Legend. Hero. These are some of the words that came up again & again. #StanLee100.”
To celebrate, Disney+ has announced that an original documentary on the late comic creator will arrive sometime in 2023.
Marvel Entertainment confirmed the announcement on Twitter, tweeting “100 years of dreaming. 100 years of creating. 100 years of Stan Lee. Stan Lee, an Original documentary, is streaming 2023 on @DisneyPlus.”
The footage featured glimpses of some of Stan Lee’s minor roles and guest appearances in cinema. The celebratory montage concludes with a gradual zoom-out that reveals an illustration of the multi-talented creator.
Lee died at age 95 in 2018. He was the co-creator of Spider-Man, the Avengers, the X-Men, the Hulk, and the Fantastic Four, among many others, and his cameos in the blockbuster Marvel films based on those characters are eagerly awaited by fans.
As a writer and editor for Marvel Comics, Lee became the most famous comic book creator in the history of the medium — he was the only creator in the field whose fame rivaled that of the characters he created.
His career began in 1941 when — at age 17 — he got his first published work, a prose story that appeared in the fifth issue of Captain America Comics.
It was the 1960s, however, when Lee minted his reputation and tapped into a vein of pop-culture creativity that made history.