Stan Lee is the godfather of modern comics, and his death at age 95, although extremely sad, is a chance to celebrate exactly how much he gave to the world of pop culture. Today, the internet has been flooded with eulogies of his work, life, and his immense impact on comics and film. Many fans fondly recalled the cameos that Lee regularly made in Marvel films over the years, including the pre-Disney Marvel movies, the new Sony Spider-Man Universe, and, of course, the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s an Easter egg that never fails to prompt cheers in theaters, but it also inspired one of the most powerful moments I’ve ever experienced in a movie theater. It’s rare to witness the personal effect that an icon like Lee has on people. It’s easy to gauge someone’s celebrity in the comics or entertainment world based on the enormous gatherings and lines they inspire at San Diego Comic-Con. But bearing witness to that profound, often intimate impact that a creator like Lee has on people’s lives isn’t as common. I was lucky enough to witness one such moment first-hand earlier this year. It happened during AMC’s 31-hour Marvel movie marathon, which led up to the debut of Avengers: Infinity War. Along with my Verge colleague, Megan Farokhmanesh, I decided to sit through the entire marathon in the name of content. I’d attended movie marathons before and expected more of the same: trouble keeping my eyes open at some point, friendly conversations with other… [Read full story]
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