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Stan Lee with wife Joan Lee who died earlier in the year

"Paramedics responded to Stan Lee's house in the Hollywood Hills early Monday morning for a medical emergency". The official account for the Merriam-Webster dictionary also paid a fitting tribute by sharing the definition of the world Excelsior, which has been Lee's calling card and catchphrase over the years.

Stan Lee at the world premiere of "Spider-Man: Homecoming" held at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., on June 28, 2017. With Bill Everett, he penned the first pages occupied by Daredevil, and with Steve Ditko, he introduced readers to Doctor Strange and Spider-Man.

As the comics grew in popularity, with audiences responding to their humour and humanity, Lee pushed the Marvel Comics brand into film and television.

Two other Marvel movies also are in post-production, suggesting that Lee may make posthumous cameos in those films as well. He had battled multiple illnesses in the past year, including pneumonia and vision problems.

Speaking as someone who came to love Lee's often flawed yet inspiring characters via the MCU, thank you Stan Lee. Earlier this year, Lee sued his former business manager after an exposé alleged that the comic creator was the victim of elder abuse.

Fans took particular joy in seeing Lee pop up in each and every Marvel movie.

Rest in peace, Stan Lee - he may be gone, but his legacy certainly won't be forgotten.

Chris Pratt, the Star-Lord of Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy series, thanked Stan Lee for:"everything".

Dubbed a "great storyteller", Stan Lee is credited with the creation of many beloved Marvel superheroes. "That it was cool to want to be the good guy and that there was a price to pay for not standing up for the downtrodden, the oppressed, the little guy", Jim Lee said. Robert Downey Jr, the onscreen face of Iron Man, wrote a brief but touching tribute: "I owe it all to you". His daughter, J.C. Lee, confirmed his death with TMZ.

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