Marvel's legendary founder would have been 99 today. The American comic book writer, editor, publisher, and producer went on to become one of the most famous personalities in the world as he turned a family-run business called Timely Publications into Marvel Comics. In collaboration with co-writers/artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, Stan Lee created some of the most famous superhero characters today such as Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Ant-Man, the Wasp, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther among others. After these Marvel comic characters turned into film franchises, the legendary Marvel founder made iconic cameo appearances in several films. Over the years, every actor from the Marvel film franchise had some of the most memorable moments after meeting Lee. From Robert Downey Jr to Chris Evans, several MCU stars have opened up on their exchanges with Stan Lee. Captain America star Chris Evans also described his experience of meeting Lee as "overwhelming" and maintained that Marvel comics founder was full of life. Not only Chris Evans, every Avengers: Endgame star had nothing but kind words to talk about Lee.
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During the promotions of Avengers: Endgame, Robert Downey Jr. recalled one his best moments with Stan Lee. Recalling one of the shooting moments during Lee's cameo sequence for Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. said, “He’s like all of us. He’s a really big deal, but he’s just another schmuck and we have to get his coverage in the can, too", via Entertainment Weekly.
Chris Evans knew Stan Lee before he bagged the role of Captain America and during his interaction with Entertainment Weekly, the actor revealed his initial meet with Lee from 2004 and described it as an "overwhelming" feeling to meet someone like him. The actor also maintained that the Marvel founder was full of life and gregarious.
Scarlett Johansson who received a lot of love for essaying the role of Black Widow had previously spoken about being nervous when it came to the portrayal of Black Widow. The actress maintained that she breathed a "sigh of relief" after realising that Stan Lee was excited to see her role in the film.
Chris Hemsworth who bagged the role of Thor in the Marvel film franchise described Stan Lee as, "He just had a childlike wonder and enthusiasm. You’d want to talk about something like what-it-all-means and so on, and he was just like, ‘No, I’m just telling stories and we’re having fun!", via Entertainment Weekly.
Mark Ruffalo recalled the words that Stan Lee said to him at The Avengers premiere after he approached the Marvel comics founder in the most nervous manner. The actor said, " “I walked up to him sheepishly and he’s like, ‘Hey!’ and he’s like, ‘You got it, kid!’ I was like, ‘Aww, that’s amazing! Thank you, Mr. Lee.’"