Stan Lee is missing a lot of money right now. According to new reports, the Marvel comic mastermind recently came home to discover a whopping $1.4 million has disappeared from his residence. He is currently working with the LAPD to find out who stole all that dough from his house. And it's sadly only part of a string of ongoing money woes that has plagued the comic book creator behind Spider-Man, the X-Men, and many more.
As reported by TMZ, Stan Lee's Hollywood Hills home was visited by specialized unit detectives who work with elder financial abuse. They spent several hours inside the place trying to find clues regarding the latest money disappearance. This latest break-in comes after someone forged checks from Stan Lee's bank account in January in order to receive $850,000 to buy a condo, and it follows another incident where Stan Lee lost $300,000 at the end of 2017. It's safe to say that Stan Lee's bank account is hurting right now, and the 95-year-old comic writer is concerned about his current financial well-being.
This latest incident only adds to Stan Lee's recent misfortune. The Marvel executive recently entered the hospital after heart issues at the beginning of the month, though he is apparently doing better health-wise of late. Presumably, these recent financial break-ins aren't doing much help. Lee also had another scary situation with a former bodyguard earlier this month, which resulted in the police being called to his place.
2018 just isn't shaping up to be Stan Lee's year thus far. If that weren't enough, the comic book legend also became a widower last year, when his wife of nearly 70 years, Joan Lee, passed away at the age of 93. Suffice to say, it is certainly a difficult time in Stan Lee's house right now. We can only hope things get better.
On the brighter side of things, at least Black Panther is bringing in big numbers at the box office. Ryan Coogler's critical darling is an absolute box office smash, as it is currently overperforming what was already predicted to be a huge debut. It made close to $200 million last week, nearly $100 million more than it was predicted to make during its opening weekend. Over this past weekend, Black Panther earned an astonishing $108 million. Black Panther is certainly in the clear, and it's only growing from here, which should comfort Stan Lee a little as the co-creator of the iconic superhero character. He also served as an executive producer on the movie and (obviously) made a cameo in the new blockbuster.
Meanwhile, Marvel can also look forward to Avengers: Infinity War making all the money when it storms into theaters on May 4th. In the meantime, however, we hope Lee can find peace with his recent money drama. No matter how rich you get, nobody likes it when you steal from them. Assemble the team.
Will is an entertainment writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His writing can also be found in The Playlist, Cut Print Film, We Got This Covered, The Young Folks, Slate and other outlets. He also co-hosts the weekly film/TV podcast Cinemaholics with Jon Negroni and he likes to think he's a professional Garfield enthusiast.
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