Movie stars have remembered late Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee as a “creative genius” who will leave “an indelible mark”.
The Associated Press said a family lawyer had confirmed the death of the creator of Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four and The Incredible Hulk on Monday morning.
Celebrity news website TMZ said the 95-year-old was rushed to hospital from his Hollywood Hills home on Monday morning.
Since the news broke, stars of the Marvel movies and fans having been paying tribute to Lee on social media.
Hugh Jackman, who played Wolverine in the Marvel franchise, shared a picture of the pair together on Twitter and wrote: “We’ve lost a creative genius. Stan Lee was a pioneering force in the superhero universe.
“I’m proud to have been a small part of his legacy and… to have helped bring one of his characters to life. #StanLee #wolverine.”
We’ve lost a creative genius. Stan Lee was a pioneering force in the superhero universe. I’m proud to have been a small part of his legacy and …. to have helped bring one of his characters to life. #StanLee #Wolverine pic.twitter.com/iOdefi7iYz
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) November 12, 2018
Captain America star Chris Evans tweeted: “There will never be another Stan Lee.
“For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy.”
There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) November 12, 2018
Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr posted a picture on Instagram of the pair standing with a heart between them.
Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds tweeted: “Damn… RIP Stan. Thanks for everything.”
Damn… RIP Stan. Thanks for everything. pic.twitter.com/TMAaDJSOhh
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 12, 2018
Long-time rival DC Comics also issued its own tribute to the “true legend”, hailing his efforts in making comic books more accessible.
The cause of Lee’s death is not known.