EDITORIAL - Bit Part Actor Stan Lee Retires As Age Of Superheroes Comes To An End
Stan Lee, who appeared on screen for only a few seconds at a time, but whose imagination gave fantastical hope to a generation has passed away. His legacy will not be that he showed up to say a few words in some of the biggest movies ever released, but the fact that for over half a century he wrote stories that helped people believe there is a good guy willing to take on the worst guys… and sometimes several good guys who will work together (Avengers).
Lee created the Marvel series of superheroes. These were normal people who had freakishly acquired supernatural powers who would then use those powers to fight the super-powered villains of the universe. Lee’s crew saved the world countless times, first through comics and then on the big screen.
But it seemed that the more the Avengers succeeded on-screen, the less actual superheroes appeared and succeeded in real life. While Americans should have been inspired by Lee’s idea of accomplishing good in an evil world, the idea was apparently a complete fantasy as the start of the 21st century saw the once world superpower electing socialists and narcissists to govern them.
Stan Lee must have marveled at the situation and decided that his work both on-screen and off is of little or no value in a world that has no use superheroes. As he died this week, we have now moved from the age of the superheroes to the age of the superzeroes. Only time will tell if Lee will be resurrected by the greatest supernatural Hero of them all after the final ultimate battle between good and evil.