What will happen to the Marvel Universe now that Stan Lee is gone?

Maybe people will realize that this guy has way better ideas.

Unfortunately, Marvel fans out there have to come to the realization sooner rather than later that Stan Lee, the man, the comic book legend, is getting old. The now 93 or 94 year-old comic book writer, editor, actor, and all-around hilarious character, has had quite the impact on the comic book industry. But at some point, we are going to have to say our final goodbyes. And what does Mr. Lee think about that? Well, he's not too worried about it.

During his panel at the Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo this weekend, one Marvel fan took a dark turn in his questioning of the icon. It is a question many of us have probably thought about, what with Stan Lee's frequent cameos in Marvel movies and quick wit when fielding questions about the growth of the industry in general. But, not many of us would have the guts to ask him: what will happen to the Marvel industry after Lee dies? Well, first off, Stan Lee quickly responded that he certainly isn't "gonna give a hoot" after he is dead, but then went on to give a straight, honest 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.

It's nice to hear Lee give such praise to his comic book successors. Most of these men and women currently penning modern portrayals draw inspiration from the classics that Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko created. It's also nice to hear Stan Lee take a break from some of his more snarky, witty answers, to actually show us that the comic book industry already is doing fine without him, so there's not much to worry about.

Though Stan Lee hasn't penned anything new in recent years, his cameos have certainly been a welcomed smile during many of the Marvel films. Lee himself admitted that "we may miss my cameos". But not to worry, with current technology bringing to life pop stars such as Michael Jackson, the comic book legend also joked that a holographic Stan Lee is definitely a possibility.

For the most part, nothing. Stan Lee hasn't been involved with the day to day operations of Marvel Comics for many years. He serves as something of a goodwill ambassador for Marvel, but he doesn't write comics, create stories, or own any of the Marvel characters.

That being said, he is the creator or co-creator of a huge chunk of the Marvel universe, and when he does go off to the Big Bullpen in the Sky, it will be a great spiritual loss for Marvel.

I feel like a broken record today, but this keeps needing to be said.

To put some perspective on this matter, Stan Lee was 95 years old when he passed away this week. The bulk of his career at Marvel Comics occurred between the 1950's and the 1980's. Right around the early 80's is when he concluded his time there as a writer and editor, and he hasn't been involved with crafting any of Marvel's storylines since then.

Stan Lee stopped writing for Marvel before I was even born.

They've been getting along fine without him for longer than 30 years.

Really. He taught them well, and the legacy of great characters is speaking for itself to this very day. Stan Lee will be missed tremendously, but there's no problem.

The death will not affect Marvel, but also DC. His cameos were a vital part of the movies humor.

Stan Lee hasn't worked at Marvel or written any of their comics in a very long time. When I started reading Marvel Comics around 1975, he already was pretty much a figurehead Editor-in-Chief, and wasn't writing any regular series. A couple of years later he moved to LA and worked for Marvel's embryonic TV animation division. He hasn't been an actual Marvel employee since some time in the mid-to-late 1980's, and in fact had at least one lawsuit against Marvel for royalties he claims he was owed.

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