As the world continues to mourn the loss of Stan Lee, touching tributes and fond memories have been therapeutic, allowing happiness to shine through the grief. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has celebrated Lee’s legacy a few times already but like all of us, Feige has plenty more to say about Stan “The Man.”
In a tribute article penned for Entertainment Weekly, Feige praised Lee’s ability to educate while he entertained. By creating and telling stories with relatable, flawed characters, Stan Lee was able to impart positive social messaging on generations of readers.
Feige also shared a sweet memory of his last meeting with Stan.
“He was very nice in my interactions with him, including what ended up being my final conversation with him about two weeks before he died.
I went to his house to see him, and he reminisced about the cameos. We were talking about what was coming up, always looking to the future.
Did he know that his time was running out? I don’t know. In hindsight, he was slightly more wistful than I’d seen him before. He talked about the past more than I had ever heard him talk about the past. So maybe on some level, he knew.
When I sat down by his chair in our last meeting, the very first thing he said was: ‘I know you want me to star in the next movie, but I have to just stick to the cameos. You’ll have to leave the starring roles to the other actors. I’m sorry.'”
That last bit certainly sounds like Stan. It warms the heart to know he hadn’t lost his sense of humor.
He’s far too humble to agree but in his own way, Feige has carried on Stan Lee’s legacy at Marvel Studios. In the Marvel Age of Comics, Lee was the face and voice of the company. For fans, he was one of them and their man on the inside. He gave them a person with whom they could connect rather than just a logo or brand.
Whether he intended to or not, Feige has been fans’ inside man for Marvel Studios. He’s the face they see in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con. He’s the one bringing it back to and crediting the comics when asked about the studio’s success in interviews.
Marvel Studios is made up of faithful custodians of the creations of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and all who followed. Feige has been the ace in that modern Marvel bullpen.
SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly