News of Stan Lee’s passing continues to send ripples across social media, with countless fans and acquaintances sharing their thoughts on the legendary comic book creator. Among these tributes is one from Dwayne Johnson, who recalled how the writer gave him some guidance in the star’s early Hollywood days.
The Fast & Furious actor took to Instagram with a photo of himself and Lee, with a caption that offers a few respectful words on the man and the comic book world he helped create:
“We lost a good one.
What a man and what a life.
Marvel’s original superhero and co-creator of IRON MAN, SPIDER-MAN, THE HULK, X-MEN etc.
When I first broke into Hollywood, years ago he was so warm and welcoming to me – I’ll never forget it.
He gave me very sage advice on navigating a career, that I’ll always carry.
What a life he’s lived and how awesome that his imagination and universe creation impacted generations around the world.
And for generations to come.
Rest in love, my friend.”
Though Johnson has never been involved with the MCU, the actor has made it very clear in the past that he’s a fan of the superhero saga, taking to Twitter last month to congratulate Chris Evans on his run as Captain America.
Speaking of which, Evans was one of the many Marvel regulars who’ve had some kind words to say about Lee in these last couple of days, with the Steve Rogers and Human Torch actor praising the late publisher for how he “provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy.” Among the many other tributes from superhero stars, Mark Ruffalo tweeted that Lees’ work “let us be extra human… superhuman even,” while Hugh Jackman said he was “proud to have been a small part of his legacy.”
Though Stan Lee is no longer with us, it’s clear that he’s left his mark on many a fan, and so long as his superhero universe continues to expand and evolve on the page and the screen, his influence on pop culture is sure to remain.