Marvel icon Stan Lee has died at the age of 95.
The hugely influential creator of Marvel Comics characters such as the X-Men, Fantastic Four, The Hulk, Iron Man and Spider-Man passed away on Monday (November 12) after being rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, a family spokesperson has confirmed to The AP.
In its own statement, Marvel and Disney offered their “undying gratitude” to Lee for his “unmatchable accomplishments” over more than 60 years. Additionally, Disney chairman Bob Iger said Lee was as “extraordinary as the characters he created”.
“A super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect,” Iger added. “The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart.”
Lee was a crucial figure in the rise of Marvel Comics in the 1960s, when his partnership with equally legendary artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, created many of the beloved characters who now topline films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.