Since the sad news broke that Stan Lee has passed away, the online tributes from fans and celebrities alike have just kept rolling in, with Hugh Jackman being among the many to share their thoughts on the legendary comic book creator.
The actor best known for his decades-spanning run as Wolverine had some kind words to say about the man who helped make Marvel and the X-Men franchise what they are today:
“We’ve lost a creative genius. Stan Lee was a pioneering force in the superhero universe. I’m proud to have been a small part of his legacy and …. to have helped bring one of his characters to life.”
Along with this text, Jackman shared a photo of himself grinning alongside Lee.
Though the actor looks to be well and truly done with the X-Men franchise, there are many filmgoers who’ll probably always see Wolverine as Jackman’s definitive role. With the original 2000 movie serving as the big screen breakthrough for the Australian star, it’s hard to imagine how his career would’ve turned out without the mutant property that Lee and Jack Kirby created back in 1963.
Of course, Jackman is far from the only star who has reasons to be thankful for Lee’s contributions to comic book history. For another example, actor Chris Evans – known for his turns as Captain America in the MCU and the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four films – tweeted a tribute to the Marvel luminary’s legacy and spirit:
“There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!”
Though it’s a little sad to think that Stan Lee won’t get to see the X-Men property ‘come home’ to Marvel Studios via the Disney/Fox deal, Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld mentioned a few months ago that the writer was happy to hear the news about this impending change. With big things presumably planned for the MCU’s future, it’s clear that Lee’s legacy will continue to be seen on our screens in the years to come.