HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 23: President of Marvel Studios and Producer Kevin Feige (L) and producer-writer Stan Lee attend the Los Angeles Global Premiere for Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War on April 23, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney)

This is a difficult day for Marvel fans. We lost our legendary leader in Stan Lee, who passed away this morning at the age of 95. Knowing that this day would come does not make it any easier to endure, but we can ease the pain of our grief by celebrating a life well-lived and an immortal legacy left behind.

The stars and filmmakers of Marvel movies, both in and outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been paying tribute to Stan “The Man” today. “No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. “Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all. Our thoughts are with his daughter, his family, and his millions of fans.”

“I owe it all to you,” said Robert Downey, Jr. The truth is that many of us would not be here and you would not be reading this if it wasn’t for Stan Lee. He brought us together not just through his iconic co-creations, but by fostering a community across all of pop culture fandom. From Stan’s Soapbox to college lectures to cameos to conventions, Lee always made us feel like we were among friends.

You can see more tributes to Stan Lee below.

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RIP Stan. Thank you for your brilliance.

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Stan Lee was a creative powerhouse and an enthusiastic ambassador for superheroes and the fans who loved them. We are here today because of him. We are sad that he is gone, but so much of our past, present, and future joy will be because he was here and will live on through the characters and stories he created.