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Marvel Comics has always prided itself on being a reflection of the real world where the characters, both super and otherwise, face real issues and problems. Marvel released a video featuring the legendary Stan Lee reminding everyone that, while many of the stories reflect reality, the MCU has absolutely no room for bigotry and hatred.

In the video posted to the Marvel YouTube channel, Lee assures fans that while the world may change, the way Marvel tells stories will not and that in the Marvel Universe is open to anyone and everyone. Check out Lee’s message in the video below.

Lee goes on to say that, in addition to Marvel having a no tolerance policy toward hatred, we are all a part of a bigger family, and that Marvel is here to bring us all together. Lee says:

“That man next to you, he’s your brother. That woman over there, she’s your sister. And that kid walking by, hey, who knows — he may have the proportionate strength of a spider. We’re all part of one big family, the human family, and we all come together in the body of Marvel. And you, you’re part of that family.”

I’m not crying, you’re crying!

This message is Lee’s latest response to recent, widespread issues of discrimination that have made headlines of late. Following the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia in August, Lee re-issued a statement on racism and intolerance that he had originally put out in the ‘Stan’s Soapbox’ section of Marvel Comics back in 1968. Sad that his comments are still relevant in 2017.

Some of the more cynical among you may be quick to point out Marvel’s mixed record on race and ethnicity, including a 2016 suggestion that books featuring diverse superheroes were underperforming, Lee was clear that the only place for the Marvel Universe to go is up.

“You’re part of the Marvel Universe that moves ever upward and onward to greater glory. In other words: excelsior!”