Guardians Of The Galaxy Director James Gunn Responds To Stan Lee Abuse Rumors

Stan Lee in Guardians 2

It's been a difficult year or so for the legendary Stan Lee. Marvel's prolific writer and creator of many beloved characters has had a variety of personal, financial, and health concerns, and it doesn't look like the drama is stopping anytime soon. Rumors have swirled claiming that the 95 year old icon had actually been suffering from elder abuse at the hands of both his primary caretaker and possibly family. Lee has denied these allegations, but various folks in the comic book community certainly seem concerned. In fact, even Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has taken to social media to give Lee his full support. Take a look below.

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While James Gunn didn't necessarily accuse anyone of elder abuse, he made it clear that he and others are concerned for Stan Lee, and are willing to help if he ever needs it. While Lee himself has denied the rumors, the world is paying extra attention to Marvel's prolific creator.

Stan Lee has a special place in all Marvel fans' hearts, including the various directors who work within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Lee has made a cameo in almost every Marvel movie to date, so a ton of directors have worked with the beloved comic icon. James Gunn is just one of many people who seemed concerned for Stan Lee's well being, in the wake of his myriad scandalous rumors. Kevin Smith also took to social media to lend his support and share that he too would be happy to help the legend if he needed it.

The allegations of elder abuse come from a recent expose in THR, which alleged that Lee was being taken advantage of and abused by his daughter J.C. Lee and his primary caretaker Keya Morgan, and in attempt to gain control over his assets. It's a harrowing tale, and one that Lee has strongly denied in the past few days.

Stan Lee's finances have had quite a few threats over the past few months. Just a month ago we reported that Lee had been robbed of a whopping $1.4 million in cash that mysterious disappeared from his private residence, and was also robbed of $850,000 and $300,000 in different recent robberies. Additionally, a comic book store recently sold some copies of Black Panther that were allegedly stamped using Stan Lee's own blood.

Aside from Stan Lee's fiscal woes, he's also had some health issues in the recent past. He recently had a battle with pneumonia, which can be very dangerous for a man as old as Lee. He also recently became a widower, as his wife of 70 years Joan Lee died last year at the age of 93.

While Lee's attitude and creativity has inspired generations of fans, he's certainly going through a rough patch.Hopefully the truth of Stan Lee's condition will be revealed soon, and he'll have someone to advocate for his best interest.

The next installment in the MCU will be Avengers: Infinity War on April 27th, which will likely include a cameo by Stan Lee. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.