The Rock, Chris Pratt, Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds and More Remember Stan Lee

Marvel Comic book creator Stan Lee speaks at the 2017 Adelaide Supanova at the Wayville Showgrounds in Adelaide, South Australia. (Photo by Brenton Edwards Photography/Newspix/Getty Images)
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Through his comic book creations, heroes like Spider-Man, Black Panther, Iron Man, and hundreds of others, Stan Lee connected with people over the world.

Following his death at 95 on Monday, fans, celebrities, and actors who have played the heroes Lee created shared their emotional reactions and honored his legacy on social media. Stars like Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), and Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) shared condolences for the man who originally built the Marvel comic book brand.

“Thankful everyday to be a small part of Stan’s universe. He was a legendary visionary and a true artist,” Johansson said in a statement, according to NBC News.

Stan Lee (L) and actor Lou Ferrigno pose with Madame Tussauds Hollywood's figures at the 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' premiere at Dolby Theatre on April 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds Hollywood)
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“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created. A super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect. The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart,” said Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company, in a statement released by Marvel.

Lee previously spoke with Men’s Journal about working into his 80s, saying that he was “happiest” when he was working. “If I’m not working, I feel like I’m wasting my time,” Lee said. “Most people say, “I can’t wait to retire so I can play golf,” or go yachting or whatever they do. Playing golf, you get together with your friends for an afternoon, talking and having fun. But I do that in the office, and we’re accomplishing more than hitting a ball into a hole.”

 

 

After creating so many iconic characters, Lee’s legacy was celebrated. Here’s a look at some of the reactions from celebrities on social media:

The Avengers actors

Hugh Jackman

Ryan Reynolds

Robert Downey Jr.

 

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I owe it all to you,,, Rest In Peace Stan… #MCU #Excelsior #legend #rip #stanlee #TeamStark

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Lou Ferrigno

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Chris Pratt

NBA players shared their favorite superhero characters in honor of Lee:

1. Atlanta Hawks’ Jeremy Lin – Iron Man
2. Brooklyn Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie – Iron Man
3. Detroit Pistons’ Andre Drummond – Thor
4. Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo – Black Panther
5. L.A. Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari – Spider-Man
6. L.A. Lakers’ JaVale McGee – Venom
7. L.A. Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma – Wolverine
8. L.A. Lakers’ Lonzo Ball – Thor
9. New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis – Venom
10. OKC Thunder’s Paul George – Wolverine
11. Philadelphia 76ers’ JJ Redick – Ant-Man
12. Phoenix Suns’ Dragan Bender – Deadpool
13. Portland Trail Blazers’ Jusuf Nurkic – Spider-Man
14. Sacramento Kings’ Marvin Bagley – Spider-Man
15. Washington Wizards’ Otto Porter Jr. – Black Panther

Spencer Dinwiddie also honored Lee with these awesome shoes:

Chris Hemsworth

Questlove

 

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Stan The Man. #RipStanLee

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Chris Evans

Tom Holland

Joss Whedon

The Russo Brothers

 

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Thank you for filling our childhoods with such joy. You will be dearly, dearly missed…

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Mark Ruffalo

Anthony Mackie

Paul Bettany

Zoe Saldana

Samuel L. Jackson

 

Letitia Wright

Halle Berry