On Nov. 12, creative genius and pop-culture staple Stan Lee died after decades of engaging the minds of superhero fans all over the world.
Lee was one of the masterminds behind iconic superheroes like Spider-Man, Daredevil and the Fantastic Four. From then on, he became more than just an icon. His passion and creativity reflected in his work, and reflected on those who loved his work in turn.
I know that I would never have cared about movies at all without that fateful day in 2004 when I saw “Spider-Man 2.” Now, I have decided to live my life surrounded by movies, all thanks to Lee and his wild imagination.
The thing that makes Lee’s creations so appealing is how relatable they were. I saw a lot of myself in these characters—from the nerdy Peter Parker, to the rage filled Bruce Banner.
It may seem a bit silly, but these creations were more than just fiction. They were metaphors for real life problems. Take the X-Men for instance. Many interpret them as a metaphor for “coming out,” just as they can be seen as a metaphor for racial discrimination, immigrant experience, etc. These are superheroes that children read picture comics about, yet they still deliver a valuable lesson about acceptance and fighting for what’s right.
And that’s what it all comes down to: doing what’s right. Lee taught us, through his work, that doing what’s right is more than just an overused expression. It is a responsibility, one that I believe that Lee properly assumed.
The world lost a creative mind rivaled by very few. As we reflect on the life of this wonderful creative force, I would recommend revisiting a few of the stories that Lee had a part in bringing to life. There are many to choose from, and this way you’ll be able to see him one last time.