While Stan Lee has created many wonderful superhero characters for both the pages of comic books and the screens for multi-plexes, perhaps the favorite Marvel character of all is Stan Lee himself. The creator of Marvel Comics has appeared in a cameo role in every Marvel movie to date, but now Twentieth Century Fox reports that a new action-adventure movie about Stan Lee’s life has been greenlit says The Hollywood Reporter.
Marty Bowen And Wyck Godrey are attached on the project to serve as producers for the Stan Lee film. They have described the not-based-on-true-events story to be similar in tone to Kingsman: The Secret Service or a James Bond film, preferably one that was played by Roger Moore. In a nutshell, it will be revealed that Lee has been living a double-life all this time. Little else is known about the project as of late except that Matt Reilly will be overseeing the project, and that Gil Chapman and Stan Lee himself will be executive producers.
Lee’s real life may pale in comparison to the new movie. He first started working with comic books back in 1939 when he was just 17 years of age. At the time, comic books were not considered with the respect that they hold today and for Stan, he had always dreamed of writing “the great American novel.” In the 1950’s, comics faced a huge downturn. By the 1960s, Lee was about to jump ship. Fortunately, Stan’s wife, Joah, convinced him to sit down and write one story that he really liked. That’s when The Fantastic Four came about and everything changed in what some have coined “the Marvel age.” During this time, new characters were introduced including Spider-Man, Daredevil, The Hulk, and the X-Men. Unlike other comics, Lee’s characters live in the real world. The Avenger’s Mansion can be found (if it existed in real life) on Fifth Avenue in New York City and the X-Men school is located in Westchester County. Now 93-years-old, Stan has been in the business of superheroes for 75 years and during all that time, he has told his stories his way.
“I always wrote for myself,” Lee told The Hollywood Reporter. “I figured I’m not that different from other people. If there’s a story I like a lot, there’s got to be others with similar tastes… I wanted to make the readers feel like we’re a little select group. The outside world doesn’t know, but we’re having fun.”
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Though Stan has been the “face” of Marvel for the last 15 years, he has served as chairman of POW! Entertainment with Chapman. Among other projects, Lee works on the web series, Stan Lee’s Cosmic Crusaders, about a writer who gets relief from writer’s block from a group of super-powered aliens. The shorts debuted for the first time on July 19th of this year on The Hollywood Reporter’s website.
There is no word if Stan Lee will play himself in the new film, but it would be a shame if he didn’t, wouldn’t it?
Stan Lee’s ‘Cosmic Crusaders’ Comes To Life In Virtual Reality https://t.co/nGNIVpRSK4 yes. I will be checking this out
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