Stan Lee is dead and I never got the chance to meet him.
At one point in my life it was the most important goal I had.
I kept growing and changing and worrying less about meeting the greatest human to have ever lived.
Instead, I began an unhealthy obsession with meeting Kevin Smith, which I still have and now fear for.
Stan Lee brought us so many beloved characters from the Marvel universe, and those characters, you know, we really bonded with them. We saw ourselves in them or strived to be like them.
For me the character that he brought into my life was Spider-Man. And no that’s not a cop out, but Spider-Man was my first love that wasn’t Will Smith. So I guess what I’m saying is that Will Smith was my first love and Spider-Man was the second.
I make fun of Peter Parker now in my recaps but truth be told he was so important to me when I was a kid. Truly he made me want to be a good person. He made me want to do the right thing and not let my temper get the best of me. I can imagine he was a great role model for boys as well. Peter was never afraid to get upset. He would cry and then he would get himself together and say it’s time to deal with this and make it right if I can. That’s a beautiful thing and a beautiful person. Stan Lee also brought us another one of my favorites who was Iron Man. I read from the beginning just like I did with Spider-Man. Iron Man was, ya know, a little different than Peter Parker. Or completely different I guess. Not only was he a billionaire playboy but he was an asshole. At least Peter was nice in his everyday life. But Tony Stark’s kidnap and never ending threat of death by shrapnel to the heart really changed the guy. Like OMG who thinks of this shit??! Stan Lee is a genius and he changed my life. He taught me not to kill spiders, to give nice boys a chance, and also taught me that alcoholic billionaires aren’t that bad. I could have maybe gone without that third lesson, but here I am.
Anyways I don’t want to bore you anymore with my thoughts and feelings. I just figured that I would share a small piece of my life that was changed by Stan Lee. Must be awesome to effect so many people like he did.
Love you Stan Lee.