I really don’t want to be a downer here, but at age 92, Stan Lee won’t be around for much longer. Hopefully I’m wrong and we’re lucky enough to have him until he’s 102, but he’s been forced to cancel a few convention appearances here and there because of his declining health over the past few years. And when he does make appearances, he mentions that his hearing and sight isn’t what it used to be. However, for those worried about the impact of Lee’s death on the entertainment industry, the comic book and pop culture icon remains confident that his beloved Marvel creations will be in good hands after he passes on.
While appearing at Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo over the weekend, Lee took part in a lively Q&A session with the fans in attendance. After he addressed which side he’d be on in ‘Captain America: Civil War’, he was asked about what would happen to the “Marvel industry” when he dies. Though the legend said that he wouldn’t “give a hoot” by then, he went on to give a more serious answer:
“Nothing will happen. All I do is go to panels like this and conventions. I’m not doing the books anymore. They have a bunch of geniuses who are doing great books and great movies. I will admit, we may miss my cameos, but other than that…”
No one wants to think about a world without Stan Lee, but he has a great point. He’s more of a figurehead of Marvel Comics at this point, similar to the Queen of England. Neither are involved in the day to day operations anymore, and though they are both still extremely well loved and respected, the gears will keep moving in their respective machines when they’re both gone (no matter how great the cameos were).
How much will you miss Stan Lee when he’s gone? Do you have a favorite story or character that he’s written? Let us know in the comments.