Still, most would consider Lee a real life superhero who inspired millions and left a billion dollar legacy behind him.
Kevin Feige and Joss Whedon, both hugely instrumental in shaping the MCU in their own way, have also shared the tremendous impact Stan Lee had on the pair of them. With Steve Ditko, Stan Lee co-created Doctor Strange and Spider-Man. Specifically, he called out the photos they posted of themselves with Lee.
These characters eventually went on to star in lucrative movies, TV shows, and video games, and were the basis for action figures, statues, and all manner of merchandise.
TMZ broke news of Lee's death, citing his daughter, J.C. Lee.
Lee's wife of almost 70 years, Joan, died in 2017.
Spider-Man is one of the most successfully licensed characters ever and he has soared through the NY skyline as a giant inflatable in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
With the passing of Stan Lee, not only have we lost one of comics' greatest creators, we have lost the greatest ambassador that the comic book medium has ever had. He made his first on-camera cameo appearance in The Trial of the Incredible Hulk in 1989, as a jury member, according to Variety.
Lee was editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics when Captain America, co-created by Kirby and Joe Simon, was revived in March 1964 in The Avengers #4 comic book that also featured Iron Man, Ant-Man, Wasp and Thor.
He was the creator of dozens of comics-book heroes, including Spider-Man, X-Men, the Avengers, the Fantastic Four and Black Panther.