Marvel comics co-creator Stan Lee was immortalized today at the age of 94 as he had his handprints and footprints captured in cement at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
Director Kevin Smith moderated the ceremony which also featured guest speakers such as President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige, Black Panther himself, Chadwick Boseman, comic book artist Todd McFarlane, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Clark Gregg.
Feige told the story about the first time he ever saw Lee before sharing the words of Lee’s first voicemail to him. Following the Marvel Studios President, Gregg the man who galvanized The Avengers was barely able to contain his excitement as he shared his passion for the characters created by Lee and explained what playing a character in the Marvel cinematic universe meant to him:
“Playing in your world, Stan, in the Marvel world means that we get to wrestle with timeless themes of good and evil in a magnificent universe made up of enhanced beings, aliens, alternate dimensions, and – it can get tricky sometimes – sentient LMDs. Which means for me, every day is bringing your inner child to work day.”
Boseman spoke on the creation of the Black Panther character at a crucial time in history and how he continues to inspire young black children today:
“You have to think about it’s beyond civil rights. It’s black empowerment. We as African-Americans, we’re not just victims. We’re not just the colonized. We’re not just slaves. We were kings and queens. We’re advanced in an advanced scientific nation…we had abilities beyond what other people knew.”
After being introduced by McFarlane, Lee took the stage to thank the speakers for their praise. Lee joked with the crowd before thanking his friends who have been there for him throughout his life:
“If I had known I was so good, I’d have asked for a raise… I’ve been the luckiest man in the world because I’ve had friends and to have the right friends is everything. All I can say is…I thank you from my whole heart! You’ve made this day, certainly, totally unforgettable. Excelsior!”
Lee also took a moment to remember his late wife, Joan Lee, who passed away almost two weeks ago at the age of 93 after suffering a stroke.
Boseman also shared several photos online to his Facebook from the ceremony which you can see below.
Source: ABC News