Stan Lee has been the face of Marvel for 75 years. While the state of the company has changed a great deal in that time, Stan has always been there, in one capacity or another. In celebration of his service, his boss' at Disney have given him a little something special. The perfect gift from Disney to Marvel. Disney Chairman Bob Iger presented Stan Lee with a one-of-a-kind statue depicting the two biggest icons of the two companies together, Spider-Man and Mickey Mouse
It's a little disappointing that we can't get a better look at the statue in this image posted to Stan Lee's Facebook page. The bronze statue in front of a pair of guys wearing gray doesn't come out all that clearly. We can see it well enough that we can see Spider-Man and Mickey Mouse, though it isn't entirely clear what they're doing. It appears that the two are in similar poses. Spider-Man is in the act of firing his web shooter. It would seem that this version of Mickey may be doing the same thing.
The Walt Disney Company spent $4 billion to purchase Marvel in 2009. Since then the company has gone on to be one of the biggest forces in Hollywood thanks to the creating of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Stan Lee, for his part, has continued to work on creating new superheroes for comics and movies as well as build the best resume in Hollywood. He's had a cameo in nearly every movie based on a Marvel property, regardless of whether or not it was a Disney film, or one of the handful still being managed by third parties, like Fox. He was most recently seen riding a bus in Doctor Strange, and we know he'll be back again in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming
It's almost unbelievable that Stan Lee has been working at Marvel for 75 years, but at the age of 93, he's been around long enough to be working at the place longer than most of us have been alive. His impact on entertainment has been immeasurable. He's seen his creations become successful not just in comic books but in films and television as well. We can't imagine any of that was ever dreamed of 75 years ago.
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