As Marvel's Editor-in-Chief, Stan "The Man" Lee made his voice the voice of the stories themselves.
Stan Lee, the beloved artist and storyteller who gave the world Spider-Man, Black Panther, the Hulk and countless more iconic comic book characters, has died, multiple outlets confirm.
The influence that sports had on Lee's life was clear, and Lee and Marvel's influence on sports expanded as the universe got larger.
His death at the age of 95 sent shock waves through the publishing and movie world, with Lee creating so numerous famed characters that you see today on the big screen in films like "Avengers" and "Black Panther".
Despite this, the news has hit the entertainment industry and his fans hard, with many of them - famous or otherwise - already expressing their condolences and appreciation online for a man who touched so many lives.
There is seemingly not a star in Hollywood who hadn't entered the orbit of comic-book legend Stan Lee.
"Rest in peace, Soldier", the US Army tweeted with a pair of then-and-now photos showing the man born Stanley Martin Lieber during his stint with the branch's Signal Corps during World War II.
Sadly, those future projects will not include the cameos by Lee that fans had come to expect and love. Lee, and through him Marvel, recognized that superheroes were still fundamentally human, capable of all the same flaws and fears as anyone else.
"Today, Marvel Comics and The Walt Disney Company pause and reflect with great sadness on the passing of Marvel Chairman Emeritus, Stan Lee. 'I just called to chat, ' Stan laughed, 'I'm allowed to like you, aren't I?'" writer Alan Spencer shared in a Twitter tribute. He is still considered as one of the main force behind the rise of Marvel. Iger had this to say in a statement about Stan Lee's Death. "Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all".
"Thank you Stan Lee for making people who feel different realize they are special", actor Seth Rogan said.