Marvel confirms 'Stan Lee' documentary coming to life at Disney+ in 2023
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: There’s no one more iconic than Stan Lee in the world of comics and he has given birth to some of the finest comic-book characters in the Marvel Universe. The legend was a comic-book writer, editor, and publisher up until his death on November 12, 2018, and left behind legacies of superheroes who were flawed and more relatable to a common person. The legendary writer would have been turned 100 on December 28 and to mark the special occasion, Marvel announced that a documentary on the life of Stan Lee will be making its way to Disney+ in 2023.
The streaming platform shared a short video on its official Twitter account and revealed that the documentary will give a detailed look at how Lee created some of the most iconic characters in the world of comics. The streaming service simply captioned the video as, “100 years of dreaming. 100 years of creating. 100 years of Stan Lee.” The video uploaded on the micro-blogging website gave viewers a glimpse of all the cameos he played in Marvel movies over the years and noted that the upcoming documentary will be titled ‘Stan Lee’.
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100 years of dreaming. 100 years of creating. 100 years of Stan Lee.— Disney+ (@DisneyPlus) December 28, 2022
Stan Lee, an Original documentary, is streaming 2023 on #DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/42eH07wXFC
As per Marvel, the documentary will celebrate the writer’s legacy as the co-creators of many iconic characters such as ‘Spider-Man’, ‘Iron Man’, ‘The Incredible Hulk’, ‘Black Panther’, ‘Thor’, ‘X-Men’, ‘Ant-Man’, ‘Silver Surfer’, ‘The Avengers’, and many more.
Born on December 28, 1922, Lee began his professional career by working with Timely Publications, which would later become Marvel Comics. However, he entered the United States Army in early 1942 and served as a member of the Signal Corps. He was later transferred to the Training Film Division, where he worked writing manuals, training films, slogans, and occasionally cartooning. In the late 1950s, as DC managed to revive comic books with characters that were more human, Lee tried to do the same in his characters as well and gave them a more relatable look. The plan worked and he began working with Jack Kirby in creating characters that would feel several emotions such as anger, sadness, love, and more. The first superheroes Lee and artist Jack Kirby created together were the Fantastic Four. The superhero team turned out to be really popular and the rest is history.
Lee, along with Kirby, would go on to create several legendary characters in the years to come and become an icon in the comic-book universe. As the years passed, Lee became the face of Marvel Comics and made appearances in a lot of comic-book conventions. He partnered with Kirby for the last time in 1978 and wrote ‘The Silver Surfer: The Ultimate Cosmic Experience’. However, in 1981, he moved to California and started overseeing the film and TV department of Marvel.
Stan Lee was the inspiration behind Marvel’s ‘Cinematic Universe’ in 2008 when ‘Iron Man’ debuted in theatres. Robert Downey Jr. played the titular character and made over $585 million globally. Now that Phase 5 of MCU is about to start, Lee still remains to be a key figure as more and more Marvel projects made their way to the big screen and smaller screens.
Lee also made numerous cameo appearances in Marvel film and television projects throughout his life.