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Stan Lee is the face of Marvel and the creator behind such enduring characters as the X-Men, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the Hulk. A man beloved and respected among comic book and superhero fans alike. This icon of the industry even has an admirer in one of Hollywood's biggest stars and the man who will play Black Adam in the DC cinematic universe, The Rock, Dwayne Johnson. At Stan Lee's LA Comic Con, The Rock paid tribute to the man himself. Check it out.
What a beautiful sentiment and truly inspiring tribute Dwayne Johnson chose to share on his Instagram. He seems to really love what he does and he is always grateful to those who supported and believed in him and is more than happy to give back. For arguably one of the biggest movie stars in the world, this is great to see. Much like Johnson, I've always felt that Stan Lee has come off as a genuinely cool and nice guy and someone you can feel good being a fan of. The welcoming nature The Rock describes him as having seems to affirm that. The advice Dwayne Johnson says he received from Stan Lee is the kind of motivating stuff that encourages people to pursue their dreams against all odds. And, because he's The Rock, he isn't settling and has more to accomplish, following Stan Lee's career advice of setting no limits.
Dwayne Johnson closes the post with "Your Black Adam" teasing his long-awaited villainous turn. That film will mark his first foray into the world of superhero characters and it is long overdue. It's a little surprising that it took so long for a superhero franchise to pick the actor up, and I'm a little surprised that Marvel didn't scoop up The Rock for a role in its cinematic universe (yet), given how long Marvel has been snapping up talent. Johnson is a huge star at this point and has proven to be franchise gold. I have no doubt that he can and would do a Marvel film if he were offered and not exclusive to DC. Even a joint cameo with Stan Lee in an upcoming film would be fun.
We have a while to wait before we can see Dwayne Johnson's villainous chops in his own film, as he probably won't be in David F. Sandberg's Shazam. There are still more than a few questions about that film as well as a standalone vehicle for Black Adam. Although, at least we now know who The Rock will eventually be facing off with as Shazam himself has been cast. Until then, Dwayne Johnson can next be seen in December's semi-reboot Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle where he will be playing the amazingly named, Dr. Smolder Bravestone. In the meantime, you can take a look at what all we know about Shazam with our full guide.