Staying after those extra 20 minutes at the end of a movie to see a five-second preview was just the routine for Marvel fans. Yet those same fans suffered a loss on November 12th, 2018, creator of the Marvel universe Stan Lee passed away at the age of 95; due to a long time heart problem.
Marvel is the company credited for the creation of the comics and movies based off characters like the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Spiderman. The company has created more than 20 movies since 2008, with many top hits in the box office.
Lee has been around long enough that his movies have been passed down between generations. When asked how she got into Marvel, sophomore Kaitlyn Adkins stated, “My parents started to watch the movies and I started to watch them with my family. We all started with Captain America, which we thought was really good, and then followed more.” Another sophomore, Jessie D’Avignon stated, “I’ve loved the Marvel universe because it has been such a huge part of my childhood. I remember my grandfather showing me comics that he read as a little kid. It’s just an amazing place full of creativity!” Since the company has been around for so long many people have been around to see it grow with production. Sophomore Amanda Kenney stated, “I like the Marvel universe because of the amazing characters and interesting stories that Stan Lee created.”
Marvel itself is a company that many became attracted to for their ability to let the people watching the movie connect to the superhero they are watching. “Stan Lee created so many different stories and characters that everyone could relate to at least one of them,” stated sophomore Kaitlyn Adkins, about why she thought Marvel meant so much to people. The relation between the character and person is the portrayal of a similar issue and them both being able to persevere through.
Marvel released their first comic in October 1939, 79 years ago with the superhero Carl Burgos as Human Torch. Since then they have created over 8,000 characters, the latest movie being Avengers: Infinity War. With this insane amount of characters, they all bring something new to the table, sophomore Jessie D’Avignon also stated, “The characters Stan Lee created showed that it was okay to be different and that anyone could be a hero.” With the variety of characters, Marvel has heroes containing many different powers. This may have been why the company was so successful as sophomore Cole Heitmann stated, “Marvel did a good job of bringing classic heroes into modern day.”
Marvel will continue their production with upcoming movies like Avengers: Endgame, and Captain Marvel. However, Stan Lee has changed Marvel and the way people think of superheroes. Jessie D’Avignon stated, “The characters he has created will live on and I can’t wait to see them in the new Avengers movie!”