The six original Avengers – Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and Chris Hemsworth – have taken out a full page advert for a beautiful tribute to the Marvel legend Stan Lee.
The six actors took out a full page advert in this weeks issue of The Hollywood Reporter to thank Lee, who died on Monday 12 November age 95, for his legacy.
We acknowledge his creative contribution, the thousands of men and women it has long employed, the millions that will continue to be entertained, and above all, his inimitable wit, grace and humility, the ad read.
Stan, we love you, we will miss you, were grateful to represent a small part of your amazing legacy.
It was signed: Scarlett J Chris H Mark R Robert D Jeremy R Chris E.
The stars were the first six to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and they have matching tattoos – an Avengers logo and the number six – to commemorate their OG status (well, all of them except Mark who keeps refusing.)
It was (Scarlett) Johanssons idea, and she and (Chris) Evans did it in New York, said Robert, revealing the news.
Then, their New York guy, Josh Lord, who is amazing, flew out to LA, he did me, did (Jeremy) Renner, and then we just bullied (Chris) Hemsworth into doing it, and he got it.
The Marvel Comics co-creator passed away on Monday after he was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Lee had battled several illnesses over the last year or so including pneumonia and vision issues.
Lees daughter JC confirmed the news to TMZ: My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man.
His official web pages later shared a tribute to him which simply read: 1922 – 2018. Excelsior!
Having created nearly all of Marvels most famous superheroes Stan has long been included in the movie adaptations of his comics, and has been given bit parts in both Foxs films and those of the Disney Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a blockbuster triumph since Iron Man in 2008, and has seen a plethora of A-list stars bring Marvels heroes to life including the original six, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, and Chadwick Boseman.