Marvel legend Stan Lee is obviously thrilled to have the company's pantheon of heroes tearing up the big screen, but he says The Hulk's recent feature length efforts have left him underwhelmed—that is until Mark Ruffalo "nailed it" in The Avengers. So, what was the problem with the first two Hulk flicks?
As The Avengers rakes in millions worldwide, the comics community continues to discuss the treatment of comics creators by corporations like Marvel Comics, both now and in the days of Avengers co-creator Jack Kirby. So what does Marvel icon and former Kirby cohort Stan Lee think about the issue? It turns out, not much.
The Avengers will finally be assembling next Friday (May 4th, and we just can't wait), but Stan "The Man" Lee's one step ahead and is already discussing which Marvel superheroes he wants to see tackle the big screen next.
Most of the time Stan Lee is Smilin' Stan, the energetic, happy-go-lucky face of Marvel Comics who's been lauding the joy of comic books for five decades now. But there are things that get him grumpy, and apparently one of those things is asking him why his former partner and Avengers co-creator Jack Kirby's name doesn't appear in the credits for Marvel's The Avengers.
Marvel editorial titan and historian Tom Breevort has been documenting the Marvel Age of comics on his eponymous Tumblr blog and he's just gotten to X-Men #1, written by Stan Lee and drawn by Jack Kirby, which would introduce the world to that allegorical team of mutant superheroes.
No one can dispute the awesome superhero-creating powers of Stan "The Man" Lee, but that doesn't stop him from questioning the super-creations of other pioneering comics writers. While he's quite proud of the "scientific" rationale behind his own heroes, he says he still finds the reasoning behind Superman's flight just plain "frustrating."
Last week, Stan Lee received the lifetime achievement award from the Visual Effects Society, presumably for all the work he's given the members of the past decade. While many of Lee's Marvel co-creations dominate this century's movies, several potentially deserving and exciting properties have amazingly yet to receive the full screen treatment.
If you're still having doubts about The Amazing Spider-Man, this story's for you! According to Stan Lee, there's nothing to worry about. The film is in capable hands—and Andrew Garfield has his Spidey stamp of approval.
One of the reasons Marvel legend Stan Lee has always been "The Man" is his dedication to fans. He's kept his door open to True Believers for more than half a century now. For proof, have a look at this remarkably candid (and lengthy) letter to a fan in which Lee reveals that Dr. Strange didn't always have a PhD.
On this day, the Fantastic Four feel a bit more fantastic, Spider-Man is a little more amazing, and even the X-Men break out of their navel-gazing funk to raise a glass, because one of the men instrumental in their creation (and that of Iron Man, Thor Doctor Strange and others in the Marvel pantheon) has completed another trip around the sun. Happy birthday, Stanley Martin Lieber.