Next time Peter Parker swings by the Bronx, he should make an effort to stop by University Avenue between Brandt Place and West 176th Street. He’ll definitely be happy what he finds, as the street is now named Stan Lee Way after the late Marvel legend. While it’s a shame that he isn’t here to celebrate the honor, all of those who have spent the past few decades enjoying his creations will undoubtedly relish the achievement for him.
There’s no better place on Earth to name after Lee than University Avenue. The comic book icon grew up on that same street at 1720 University Place and attended DeWitt Clinton High School just a short while away. Now, the legend has been immortalized forever by the New York City Council on the very same stretch he spent most of his childhood.
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While there, it’s likely that Lee’s wild imagination began developing many of the beloved characters that have become such staples throughout entertainment. Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk and more all owe their success to the genius who invented them. The famed innovator also was fundamental in building the Marvel Universe, which has since become one of the most expansive and profitable franchises of all-time. Even casual fans can recognize a Stan Lee cameo in one of the films and television series he helped inspire.
As the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand every day, the man behind it will always be remembered as an innovator of the highest degree. He made superheroes and comic books cool. What was once viewed as nerd culture is now very much a part of the mainstream in a major way. The world will never be able to repay Stan Lee for all he’s given, but naming his childhood street after him is certainly a nice first step.