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Stan Lee is remembered on what would have been his 100th birthday as Disney announces documentary

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Stan Lee would have been 100 today.

Four years ago, the Marvel Comics visionary – who was born Stanley Martin Lieber and was the source of many iconic superheroes – died aged 95 in Los Angeles.

To celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday, Disney+ has announced a new documentary to celebrate his life and legacy.

In memory of: Four years ago, Stan Lee - the Marvel visionary behind thousands of iconic superheroes - died at the age of 95 in Los Angeles

In memory of: Four years ago, Stan Lee – the Marvel visionary behind thousands of iconic superheroes – died at the age of 95 in Los Angeles

Stan Lee, a Disney original documentary, will premiere on the streaming service in 2023.

The pop culture revolutionary was born in New York City to Romanian Jewish immigrants on December 28, 1922.

At 16, he joined Timely Comics – which would later become Marvel as it is known today – and became its editor at 18.

A life that inspired millions: To celebrate what would have been its 100th anniversary, Disney+ has announced a new documentary to celebrate its life and legacy

A life that inspired millions: To celebrate what would have been its 100th anniversary, Disney+ has announced a new documentary to celebrate its life and legacy

A life that inspired millions: To celebrate what would have been its 100th anniversary, Disney+ has announced a new documentary to celebrate its life and legacy

Four years ago: On November 12, 2018, the pop culture revolutionary died after battling a long illness

Four years ago: On November 12, 2018, the pop culture revolutionary died after battling a long illness

Four years ago: On November 12, 2018, the pop culture revolutionary died after battling a long illness

Over the past century, he had co-created some of the most iconic and recognizable superheroes, including – but not limited to – Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, Black Panther, and all of the Avengers.

The genius behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been honored by various stars and fans on what would have been the centenary of his birth.

Many of his high profile friends and fans have taken to social media to pay tribute to his memory and legacy.

“We love you Stan!” The genius behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been honored by various stars and fans on what would have been the centenary of his birth

Leading the tributes: Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker James Gunn – who was recently named co-chairman and CEO of DC Studios – posted a photo collage of himself with Lee

Leading the tributes: Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker James Gunn – who was recently named co-chairman and CEO of DC Studios – posted a photo collage of himself with Lee

Leading the tributes: Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker James Gunn – who was recently named co-chairman and CEO of DC Studios – posted a photo collage of himself with Lee

Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker James Gunn – who was recently named co-chairman and CEO of DC Studios – posted a photo collage of himself with Lee.

He wrote in his caption: “Happy 100th birthday to Stan Lee”. We miss you, my friend.

On November 12, 2018, the pop culture revolutionary passed away after battling a long illness.

‘A true visionary’: Back To The Future vet Christopher Lloyd, 84, tweeted to honor his late friend

According to his death certificate, he died of heart and respiratory failure due to illnesses he suffered from in the past.

In the years leading up to his death, he faced declining health issues, but continued to make his feature films in Marvel movies, even posthumously.

Various other high-profile friends of the late writer also took to social media with touching tributes.

In remembrance: Star Trek alum William Shatner - who is rumored to be joining the third installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy series - also tweeted in memory of Lee

In remembrance: Star Trek alum William Shatner - who is rumored to be joining the third installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy series - also tweeted in memory of Lee

In remembrance: Star Trek alum William Shatner – previously rumored to be joining the third installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy series – also tweeted in memory of Lee

Back To The Future vet Christopher Lloyd, 84, wrote on Twitter: ‘Celebrating 100 years of the great @TheRealStanLee – we miss you my friend! A true visionary beyond belief.

Star Trek alum William Shatner – who was rumored to be joining the third installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy series – also tweeted in Lee’s memory: “Remembering Stan Lee on his 100th birthday and of Nichelle for his 90th.”

Nichelle Nichols was his co-star in the Star Trek franchise – which died in July 2022 at the age of 89.

“Happy Birthday, Emperor of Excelsior!” Filmmaker Kevin Smith also penned a tribute to the late Marvel legend and spoke about becoming friends with him on the set of his 1995 film Mallrats.

Previously, Nichols – who played Lt. Nyota Uhara in the Star Trek franchise – starred in Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Animated Series in 1997.

Filmmaker Kevin Smith also wrote a tribute to the late Marvel legend: “Marvel’s maestro was always a hero of mine, but thanks to Mallrats creating with him, we actually became friends!”

The writer and director continued, “I miss the old man and his endless parade of smiles and good cheer. Happy birthday, Emperor of Excelsior!’

Inspirational: Lee's official Twitter account also posted touching messages fans left at LA Comic Con in memory of the man who inspired millions around his iconic quote

Inspirational: Lee's official Twitter account also posted touching messages fans left at LA Comic Con in memory of the man who inspired millions around his iconic quote

Inspirational: Lee’s official Twitter account also posted touching messages fans left at LA Comic Con in memory of the man who inspired millions around his iconic quote

Lee’s official Twitter account also posted touching messages fans left at LA Comic Con in memory of the man who inspired millions around his iconic quote.

The account wrote: ‘100 years ago Stan was born in New York. Over the past century, his work has changed the landscape of pop culture and influenced millions.

“At LA Comic Con, fans left messages for Stan’s centennial. Inspiration. Legend. Hero,” the tweet read. “Those were some of the words that came up over and over again.”

For a 2016 Big Issue interview, Lee said his famous quote: “The world always needs heroes, whether they’re superheroes or not.”

His legacy: In 2016, Lee uttered his famous quote:

His legacy: In 2016, Lee uttered his famous quote:

His Legacy: In 2016, Lee uttered his famous quote, “The world always needs heroes, whether they’re superheroes or not.”

Origin: | Dailymail.co.uk

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