Chris Evans leads tributes to the late Stan Lee

Stan Lee with wife Joan Lee who died earlier in the year

REUTERSStan Lee with wife Joan Lee who died earlier in the year

Dubbed a "great storyteller", Stan Lee is credited with the creation of many beloved Marvel superheroes. The Hollywood Reporter notes that the legendary comic book writer and publisher died at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Monday morning.

Lee has had a few health issues in recent years and was hospitalized earlier this year. TMZ spoke to Lee's daughter, J.C.

The death of the only man in comics as iconic as his super-powered heroes, Stan Lee, has brought out heartfelt tributes from those to whom he was more than the creator of Spider Man and the Hulk.

Marvel Comics and The Walt Disney Company released a statement in the wake of the news, asking fans to join them in remembering "the creator, voice and champion of Marvel".

As the Marvel Universe expanded, so too did Lee's role in its creative and business operations.

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"No, no, years ago when I was doing these comics, we'd give the comic books away free to people", Lee said.

"For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy". Along side a picture of him and Lee, Downey Jr wrote, "I owe it all to you, Rest In Peace Stan". "He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives", he wrote, before signing off with Lee's signature, "Excelsior!". I think that Marvel and Spidey and I have the best group of fans that any group in the world ever had, and I sure appreciate it. Let me know how you're doing.

His cameos have been a staple of nearly every major Marvel movie since the reinvention of the Hollywood franchise, which The New York Times notes had grossed more than $24 billion worldwide as of April this year.

While the world did not get to see that character come to life, Lee has left fans with an enduring legacy that brought people from all cultures, races, and religions together. "You're stuff meant so much to me and I really enjoyed it all these years.' Finally, I noticed he's looking at me and I'm wearing a Superman tie and he goes 'wrong tie, true believer".

Stan started Marvel with Jack Kirby in 1961 with The Fantastic Four. Since the formation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Lee has made a cameo appearance in each of the superhero films, though their relationship went through a rocky period.

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