“Thank you for your vision”: Marvel stars pay tribute to late Stan Lee on his birthday

Happy Birthday, Stan.

Some of Marvel’s biggest stars and fans have paid tribute to comic book icon Stan Lee, on what would have been his 96th birthday.

The tributes to the Marvel co-founder, who died last month, were led by Mark Ruffalo, who plays Hulk/Bruce Banner in the MCU.

“Thank you always for your vision and magic, Stan. Happy birthday,” wrote Ruffalo.

In an emotional Instagram post, Kevin Smith also described the honour of attending Lee’s 95th birthday in 2017, which proved to be the last time he saw him in person before his death.

“I’m SO glad I went, as this was the last time I’d ever see my friend and hero: two months later, I had a massive heart attack,” Kevin wrote.

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One year ago today on his 95th birthday, I saw @therealstanlee in real life for the last time. Prior to that, I’d last seen Stan at his footprints ceremony at the @chinesetheatres, when I was the emcee at the @legionmofficial event. But on December 28th of 2017, Stan’s faithful body man Max invited me to a steak house in Beverly Hills for a surprise party on behalf of our beloved Mr. Lieber. I asked “Are you sure it’s a good idea to throw a *surprise* party for a 95 year old?” But it truly was: as you can see in the video, Stan made it through the surprise just fine. I remember nearly not going because I had a HOLLYWOOD BABBLE-ON with @ralphgarman that night (like we do Monday for New Year’s Eve; Tickets at the link in my bio). But then I said “The Man’s only gonna turn 95 once…” I’m SO glad I went, as this was the last time I’d ever see my friend and hero: two months later, I had a massive heart attack. And nine months after that, Stan would leave us for a better place where the master storytellers gather and reminisce about how their magic words changed the world. Happy Birthday, Stan! We all miss you because you hung the moon, man. #KevinSmith #stanlee #legend #icon #birthday #nonagenarian #marvel

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“And nine months after that, Stan would leave us for a better place where the master storytellers gather and reminisce about how their magic words changed the world. Happy Birthday, Stan! We all miss you because you hung the moon, man.”

Tributes also came from Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse writer Chris Lord, who thanked Lee for “telling us we weren’t the only ones”.

Meanwhile, Lee’s daughter confirmed last month that the legendary writer was working on a new character at the time of his death and she now hopes to finish his vision for it.

“We have been working on a character called Dirt Man”, J.C. Lee revealed in a new interview with TMZ.

“The last little angel we’ve got tucked away is called Dirt Man. I said ‘Daddy please, no clatter, no steel or any of that. Let’s get down and dirty. Let’s do what’s going on about love. Let’s do Dirt Man.’”