"We lost a real-life superhero today," writes Josh Brolin.
Stan Lee, the mastermind behind many of Marvel Comics' biggest properties, has died. He was 95.
According to TMZ, an ambulance was called to Lee's Hollywood Hills home early Monday morning. He was then rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Over the last year, Lee had suffered several illnesses, including pneumonia and vision issues.
Born Stanley Martin Lieber, the comic book legend started Marvel Comics in collaboration with Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko back in 1961. Their first success was with The Fantastic Four. Lee went on to create iconic superhero franchises such as Spider-Man, Black Panther, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, Iron Man and The Avengers. He was also known for making cameo appearances in a ton of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films.
Lee served as Marvel Comics editor-in-chief, then as the company's publisher, then as chairman. He left the company to become its chairman emeritus as well as a member of the editorial board.
In 2002, Lee's relationship with Marvel turned sour and he sued the company for royalties he claimed he was owed for the first "Spider-Man" movie. Three years later, he settled the case for $10 million.
Lee is survived by his daughter, Joan (aka J.C.). His wife of 69 years, also named Joan, died in 2017.
Marvel stars and Hollywood fans alike immediately began mourning the legend. Scarlett Johansson -- who portrayed Black Widow in "The Avengers" franchise -- told The Hollywood Reporter, "The galaxy just gained another Dog Star. Thankful every day to be a small part of Stan's universe. He was a legendary visionary and a true artist."
See more tributes below.
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!!— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) November 12, 2018
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. #StanLee #Wolverine pic.twitter.com/iOdefi7iYz— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) November 12, 2018
Damn... RIP Stan. Thanks for everything. pic.twitter.com/TMAaDJSOhh— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 12, 2018
No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee. Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all. Our thoughts are with his daughter, his family, and his millions of fans. #ThankYouStan #Excelsior!— Kevin Feige (@Kevfeige) November 12, 2018
Stan...more than a master of stories, you always seemed like a master of living. I will look to you for inspiration for the rest of my life. You live on. xoxo Your Wasp— Evangeline Lilly (@EvangelineLilly) November 12, 2018
#liveon #StanLee pic.twitter.com/JRA2aRM3bG
I believe with all my heart that #StanLee would want to be celebrated today. Even through your tears, let’s flood the internet with all the artwork, good, great or awful, that’s ever been created in Stan’s name. #BreakTheInternetForStan #ArtForStan@MarvelStudios @Marvel pic.twitter.com/w9pyY18sZ5— Evangeline Lilly (@EvangelineLilly) November 12, 2018
Today we lost one of the greats. @TheRealStanLee, you were a inspiration and superhero to us all. Thank you for contributing so much- and giving us all something to aspire to! 💚— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) November 12, 2018
Thank you for filling our childhoods with such joy. You will be dearly, dearly missed... pic.twitter.com/Qt2sZqaNlc— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) November 12, 2018
Rest in Peace Stan Lee— Letitia Wright (@letitiawright) November 12, 2018
Stan Lee. A gentleman and a genius. It was an honor to be a small part of his universe. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/iZNtQRRqKD— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) November 12, 2018
THANK YOU, @TheRealStanLee. You gave us characters that continue to stand the test of time and evolve with our consciousness. You taught us that there are no limits to our future as long as we have access to our imagination. Rest in power! #EXCELSIOR #StanLee #rip pic.twitter.com/hnSmnHIDln— Winston Duke (@Winston_Duke) November 12, 2018
Overwhelmed with love and gratitude for the late, great hero, Stan Lee. Rest In Paradise. Thank you for your imagination, creativity, tenacity, inspiration and love!!! https://t.co/4WqHCtDXE1— Rosario Dawson (@rosariodawson) November 12, 2018
Thank you #StanLee— Theo Rossi (@Theorossi) November 12, 2018
For my childhood and for one of my favorite jobs to date.
Rest In Peace & Paradise Genius.
Devastated by my pal Stan's passing. He was a childhood inspiration, an instructor to me when I was just getting started and a genuinely sweet man. Will miss him terribly.— Frank Miller (@FrankMillerInk) November 12, 2018
We lost a real-life superhero today. Stan Lee was a visionary, who elevated imaginations across the globe. I’m grateful for the time I got to spend with him. Rest peacefully, Stan. pic.twitter.com/Ie2S18y0A0— Larry King (@kingsthings) November 12, 2018
Thank you Stan Lee. For your service in protecting our freedom and for your creativity and imagination! You were and will always be a SUPER HERO! pic.twitter.com/d1qpuImyzQ— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) November 12, 2018
Thank u Stan Lee for everything.— TRAVIS SCOTT (@trvisXX) November 12, 2018
RIP to one of the greatest creative minds of our time. Thank you for such an incredible legacy and for giving us so many icons that will continue to live on long after you are gone. Goodbye #stanlee - we love you. pic.twitter.com/nxwI1YS3OT— Josh Gad (@joshgad) November 12, 2018
Thank you Stan Lee for making people who feel different realize they are special.— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) November 12, 2018
Stan Lee, RIP. Thanks for inspiring so many of us to pick up a pen or pencil and put your dreams onto paper. Excelsior! pic.twitter.com/L33eTjUQdI— edgarwright (@edgarwright) November 12, 2018
😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) November 12, 2018
Rest in Peace, Sir ❤ https://t.co/dRcmBdo5ce
What a loss to the world of geeks, nerds, superheroes and everyone who has enjoyed the marvelous Universes that Stan Lee crafted and molded and allowed us to be a part of. There will never be another like him, that’s for sure. pic.twitter.com/ot2nnASycF— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) November 12, 2018
Gutted... Thank you Stan Lee for everything— Nyle DiMarco (@NyleDiMarco) November 12, 2018
Thank you Stan.— Robert Kazinsky (@RobertKazinsky) November 12, 2018
Government needs to enact a— Logan Marshall-Green (@TheRealElemgy) November 12, 2018
Stan Lee Day ASAP. Who has reached further and impacted deeper, our story telling and dreams than Stan Lee?
So sorry to hear about Stan Lee's passing. Worked for him on his book, "The Best of the Worst," traveled the East Coast for Marvel as Spider-Man back in the early 80's. RIP, Stan, and thanks a million for all you contributed to this boy's life!— Bill Moseley (@choptopmoseley) November 12, 2018
Rest In Peace, Stan Lee :-( - such an inspiration to so many people. Changed the world as we know it.— Jessica Henwick 🐒 (@JHenwick) November 12, 2018
RIP to Stan Lee, a true visionary. Thanks for so much of my childhood!— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) November 12, 2018
This man’s imagination has brought so much joy to my life. Amazing talent. RIP to one of the best. https://t.co/I23MekH9Le— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) November 12, 2018
Rest in peace, Stan Lee. The many worlds of imagination & delight you created for humanity will last forever.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 12, 2018
Born before Edwin Hubble discovered the expanding universe, he ultimately created an expanding universe of his own - one of scientifically literate superheroes such as Spider-Man , The Hulk, Iron Man, & Black Panther.— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) November 12, 2018
Stan Lee RIP: 1922 - 2018
Heartbroken.@TheRealStanLee represents the best of us. How grateful I am for his existence and influence. He lived to see his creations shape the world, and his legacy will inspire generations to come. But I’ll miss him. EXCELCIOR!!https://t.co/5MMhLiZZ4C— Seth Green (@SethGreen) November 12, 2018
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He inspired millions with his myriad, “Marvelous” characters, from Spiderman to Black Panther, Thor to the X-Men. Legendary creator Stan Lee is dead at 95. But his stories will live on and continue to ignite the imaginations of generations to come. Rest with the stars, great sir.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 12, 2018