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Stan Lee’s daughter: ‘No one could have treated my father worse than Marvel and Disney’s executives’

Sony’s Support and Joan’s Statement:

While many fans have sided with Disney regarding spats with Sony over the upcoming Spider-Man films in the future, Joan Lee, Stan Lee’s daughter, has reportedly sided with Sony.

In a statement made to the press, she was quoted as saying that both Disney and Marvel need to be “checked and balanced”, especially since they are trying to gain total control of all creations of Stan Lee.

Lee’s Support:

Joan Lee, on the other hand, has been quite supportive of the decision that Sony made in regards to this new co-financing deal.

According to her, neither Marvel nor Disney had reached out to her when Stan Lee passed away.

They had always been inclined towards materializing and commoditizing her father’s work, without showing any respect or decency towards him or any of his work.

She reportedly stated that no one could have treated her father worse than the executives of Disney and Marvel.

Why “Checked and Balanced”?

According to Joan, the characters created by her father and their legacies deserve to have various multiple points of view, regardless of the fact whether those are of Sony or someone else altogether.

Moreover, she adds that Lee, who is known around the world as a legendary comic book writer, had created the character of Spider-Man for Marvel Comics back in the 1960s.

But, Sony has, since then, owned all the film rights to Spidey’s character.

The Old and The New Deal:

Marvel is owned by Disney, and the company had signed a deal with Sony in 2015 which stated that Spider-Man would then become a part of the famed Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In the earlier deal, Sony would give the creative team of Marvel a fair opportunity to interweave Spider-Man into the MCU and would also offer all of the production costs involved.

In exchange to it, Disney would receive 5 percent of the first-dollar gross or 5 percent of all the ticket sales from the first day of the film’s release.

HOLLYWOOD, CA – OCTOBER 20: Joan Celia Lee (L) and executive producer Stan Lee attend The Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel StudiosÂ’ “Doctor Strange” in Hollywood, CA on Oct. 20th, 2016. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

It would also retain the merchandising rights for Spider-Man’s character. Sony, on the other hand, would benefit from the rest of the sales at the box-office.

Later on, Disney proposed a new deal to Sony, which was a deal with 50/50 co-financing, which means that each company would have to offer half of all the costs of production and then split the profits between each other. But Sony did not accept the offer.

Spidey’s Future in the MCU:

If the two companies do not come to a conclusion or arrive at a common ground with the deal, it is likely that Spider-Man will not be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe any longer, which could be bad for both Marvel as well as Sony.

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Here’s What Stan Lee Looked Like in the Actual 1970s VS. Avengers: Endgame

With Avengers: Endgame now available digitally for home viewing, fans of Marvel Cinematic Universe are posting more details of the film on various social media.

Reddit updates:

Marvel Studios has a fan-based Reddit page, where anything and everything related to the MCU films and television shows are posted regularly by fans of the franchise.

One of the most recent posts shared on the page shows a side-by-side still of Stan Lee’s cameo in the film, which took place in the 1970s, alongside an actual image of the comics legend from that time.

Fans were quick to notice that Lee looked almost the same in both the images.

 

Stan Lee in the 1970’s vs in Endgame 1970 from marvelstudios

 

Fan theories:

Some eagle-eyed fans also commented that it wouldn’t come off as a surprise if the makers of the film used his actual photo as a reference when they were creating Lee’s look in Endgame.

Then again, another fan stated that this person wasn’t Stan Lee, but the American stand-up comedian Marc Maron, who seems to look quite like Lee.

Stan Lee and Avengers:

While Endgame may have been Lee’s final appearance ever in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the iconic legend was also spotted in Madness in the Method, the directorial debut of Jason Mewes.

And even though Lee won’t be appearing in any more film cameos, fans can expect to see him in many other different ways.

Lee has a cameo in his animated version in every episode of the upcoming animated TV series called Superhero Kindergarten.

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Stan Lee Gets A New York Street Named After Him

Stan Lee is known around the world as the creator of the Marvel series and the comic book legend and he is all set to be honored in a new way. The city of New York has decided to honor Lee by naming a street after him. Lee has gathered many accolades and worked for various companies throughout his career.

Regardless, it was the Marvel series that helped him attain this amount of fame while getting him to the top.

Also, see: The Missing Movies of Marvel Studios Phase 4 and 5

Stan Lee has created iconic fictional characters like The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Hulk as well as the X-Men, etc. He is also one of the most important and notable figures when it comes to Eastern comics, this is because he also has the experience of working in Japanese animation as well as Manga.

Along with different realms of comics, Lee has also been behind the producer’s seat in live-action TV productions and shows. He has also lead many productions as the head of his entertainment company called POW!

Stan Lee’s Filmography

Stan Lee is also known for his legendary cameos in some of the most successful movies in Hollywood. A majority of these movies are the live-action Marvel films, like X-Men (2000). He is famous for his cameo as the “Tony Stank” delivery man. He also cameoed as a strip club DJ in Deadpool as well as the librarian in The Amazing Spider-Man.

Lee’s final cameo in the Marvel series was in Avengers: Endgame, where he played the character of a 1970s hippie. His character was seen driving outside Camp Lehigh with his wife. It was after this cameo, in November 2018, that Stan Lee sadly passed away.

New York’s Honour Of The Legend

To commemorate the life that Stan Lee had, along with his achievements, New York will name a street after him. A proposal was recently approved by the City Council to co-name University Avenue as the “Stan Lee Way”.

This street is in the Bronx. As of now, only the Mayor’s signature is needed to complete the proposal.

Lee’s Life And Accolades

Stan Lee has an old connection not just to the city of New York, but also to University Avenue. He was born near Manhattan and went on to live on University Avenue for most of his life.

Moreover, he even attended high school in The Bronx. Until the 1980s, Lee continued to live and work from New York after which he moved to the West Coast. New York is also evident as a backdrop in many of his works, the most famous of which is Spider-Man.

Simply naming a street after him is not a big tribute for a legend like Lee, as Marvel fans argue. Yet, it is one of the many efforts to pay tributes to this amazing writer, cameo legend and artist.

He is someone who gave so much to New York, if not the whole world. So, the “Stan Lee Way” is still one of the better ways to remember him.

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Spider-Man: Far From Home Never Planned to Include Stan Lee Cameo

The latest movie to enter Marvel Cinematic Universe is Spider-Man: Far From Home released on July 2.

The movie concludes the MCU’s 23 epic movies so far, collectively called Phase 3.

Though Avengers: Endgame seems to be the perfect end to Infinity Saga story, yet Far From Home provides enough content to wrap up that story.

Also, see Does ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Introduce the Concept of an MCU Multiverse?

No Stan Lee Cameo in Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home is the first in MCU to feature without a cameo of Stan Lee. The co-creator of Marvel Comics died in November 2018.

The last movie where fans saw Stan Lee was Avengers: Endgame.

While talking to CinemaBlend, Jon Watts talks about the making of a new sequel.

While co-host Kevin McCarthy asks if there was any plan to include a cameo of Stan Lee in the sequel, Watts replied:

“No. I mean, I think everyone sort of knew that he was sick and he had just filmed the cameo for Endgame. I think they shot that earlier, too. So I didn’t want to…

“It felt right for the last thing to be in Endgame. So we never really talked about it, honestly.”

The real closure to Stan Lee’s appearance happens in Avengers: Endgame. That movie really does feel like the culmination to everything that began when Nick Fury stepped out of the shadows to discuss The Avengers Initiative with Tony Stark.

The Stan Lee cameos can’t last forever, and Endgame was the right place for them to conclude.

Stan Lee’s Last Appearance

In Endgame, Fans saw Stan Lee shouting a message of “make love, not war” while driving. The newly released version of Endgame last week saw a tribute to Stan Lee to MCU.

It showed Lee on the various Marvel Studio films. It was his 22nd and final appearance in the MCU.

In the movie, Spider-Man is seen dealing with living up to Iron Man’s legacy while on a trip to Europe for a school trip. After the film’s special premiere,ComicBook.com’s Brandon Davis gave the film a 5-star review. He writes:

“While the film stands very much on its own, Far From Home does tremendous, exciting things to open unexpected doors and to expand the MCU as a whole.

It’s almost as if Marvel Studios is showing off, following up Endgame with moments that immediately hook an audience for more both with a single character and their expansive world.”

“In fact, Spider-Man: Far From Home doesn’t stop blowing minds until the lights in the theater come on.

It includes two of the best post-credits scenes attached to any Marvel movie to date, loaded with expansive and thrilling twists, any details of which would be massive spoilers.”

Even so, it still remains to be seen whether Far From Home will at least include some sort of Easter egg to the co-creator of everything from the Fantastic Four, to the X-Men, and, yes, everyone’s favorite neighborhood Spider-Man.

It now seems that Stan Man’s final goodbye in the MCU will come in the shape of this week’s Avengers: Endgame re-release footage.

In it, we’re getting an as-yet-unseen “Stan Lee tribute.” Here’s hoping Far From Home will also include a fond farewell of its own.

Spider-Man: Far From Home may not have a Stan Lee cameo, but there are plenty of huge moments in the movie for die-hard fans.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger to Star in Stan Lee Superhero Series

Comic legend Stan Lee has passed away but we are left with his legacy. Marvel Creatives have continued Lee’s other projects.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is back with a new animated tv series, “Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger will star as Captain Courage in Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten. The new animated series is aimed at preschoolers.

The series is jointly produced by Genius Brands International, POW! Entertainment and Schwarzenegger’s Oak Productions.

Also, see: Stan Lee’s former manager arrested on elder abuse charges after allegedly trying to control his money.

Arnold Talks About the new series…

Talking about his casting in the new series, Schwarzenegger said, “It is an honor and privilege to work with Genius Brands and POW! Entertainment on this new series and help carry on Stan’s creative legacy by introducing this new group of superheroes to preschool children around the world.”

“Not only does Stan Lee’s ‘Superhero Kindergarten’ feature comedy and action, but there are many valuable lessons to be learned along the way!

Of particular pride to me is the fact that I am not only teaching kids to use their superpowers, but I am also imparting valuable lessons to kids worldwide about the importance of health, exercise, and nutrition.”

‘Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten’ is one of the final projects created by Lee prior to his death. Arnold is lending his voice as the lead character.

Fabian Nicieza is scripting the series.

The official synopsis of Kindergarten Superhero:

“Many years ago, Arnold Armstrong (Schwarzenegger) was just an average gym teacher who acquired incredible superpowers when the earth passed through the ionic dust left in the wake of a mysterious comet.

As a result, Arnold transformed into Captain Courage, one of the earth’s greatest protectors…now, Arnold must serve humanity once again by working ‘undercover’ as a brand-new kindergarten teacher whose main task is to train this unique new generation of super-powered 5-year-olds secretly.”

“Stan loved and admired Arnold as not just an actor, but a true hero in so many ways and always envisioned Arnold for this role,” said Heyward.

“From Spider-Man, Iron Man, X-Men, Black Panther, Incredible Hulk, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor, Captain America, Captain Marvel, The Avengers and countless more, Stan was the greatest creator, that Hollywood and pop culture has ever known.

We are honored to continue his legacy of creating a new superhero franchise for kids with another iconic hero, Arnold Schwarzenegger, in Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten.”

Fabian Nicieza, co-creator of the Marvel Comics character Deadpool, is scripting the animated series. Lee’s animated image will appear in every episode of the show, Heyward noted.

Stan Lee to appear in every episode…!

“What will particularly be unique about this series is that there will be an animated cameo of Stan Lee appearing in every episode,” Heyward said.

“Just as his millions of fans look forward to seeing him appear in each Marvel film, they will look forward to his presence in each episode of this cartoon”

Champion said the project will add to Lee’s already vast Hollywood legacy.

“Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten was near and dear to his heart, working with one of his longtime collaborators Andy Heyward, as well as Arnold, and we look forward to continuing the partnership with Genius Brands to bring Stan’s vision for this new adventure series to life.

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Stan Lee’s former manager arrested on elder abuse charges after allegedly trying to control his money

Stan Lee’s former business partner Keya Morgan was arrested in Arizona last Saturday for alleged elder abuse.

Back In 2018, a report was published that showed how Stan Lee was allegedly being taken advantage of by his colleagues.

The names included in the reports were ex-business manager, Morgan; his former publicist, Jerry Olivarez; his former road manager, Max Anderson and his own daughter, J.C. Lee.

The reports were denied by Stan, but the truth behind the reports went public earlier this month.

Stan’s Manager arrested

Keya Morgan, 43, Keya Morgan was taken into custody in Arizona on an outstanding arrest warrant by Los Angeles County prosecutors earlier this month.

He made his first court appearance in Maricopa County Superior Court on Sunday.

He was detained on two felony counts of false imprisonment and grand theft from an elder and a misdemeanor count of elder abuse, The Associated Press reported.

He was arrested in suburban Phoenix at his mother’s home without incident and is facing extradition to Los Angeles. Morgan’s lawyer, Alex Kessel, said his client “has never abused or taken advantage of Lee.”

Among the allegations, Morgan is said to have collected over $262,000 from the autograph-signing session in May 2018, according to CNN.

Court documents show Los Angeles police alerted authorities in a Phoenix suburb that Morgan’s cellphone was being used in north Scottsdale.

The 43-year-old was found in a house with his mother and arrested without incident, police said. It was unclear when he would be extradited to California.

Morgan faces felony counts including theft, embezzlement, forgery or fraud against an elder adult, and false imprisonment of an elder adult. A misdemeanor count also alleges elder abuse.

Police say Morgan pocketed more than $262,000 from autograph signing sessions Lee did in May 2018.

“Morgan exerted his control and influence over Lee,” police alleged in a press release.

Allegations on Stan’s former Manager…

He’s also accused of falsely imprisoning Lee in a condominium in Beverly Hills, California, last June.

“Morgan removed Lee from his Hollywood Hills residence to a secured Beverly Hills condominium during the late night hours of June 8, 2018,” the LAPD statement said.

Lee’s daughter filed a restraining order last year, accusing Morgan of manipulating her father and preventing him from seeing friends and family, and trying to take control of his money and business affairs, the AP reported.

In an email to The Associated Press Saturday, Kessel said he had arranged for Morgan to surrender to authorities on Tuesday, but they jumped the gun.

“It is unfortunate that the DA and police did not honor our commitment to surrender next week and arrested him,” Kessel stated.

Kessel did not immediately respond to Deadline‘s request for comment.

Morgan’s bail has been set at $300,000. He will eventually be extradited to Los Angeles to face the charges.

Lee took his last breath last year in November, at the age of 95. He was a great comic writer and considered as a pillar of Marvel comic books.

The character created by him included Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Daredevil and the X-Men, which have populated a film series that has grossed more than $11bn worldwide.

Lee was a millionaire with worth about $80m at his death.

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Stan Lee Was De-aged 45 Years for Avengers: Endgame Cameo

Avengers: Endgame has several bittersweet moments, as we say goodbye to some of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s original actors, as well the late Stan Lee.

Co-creator of the Avengers, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange and so many other heroes and villains, Stan Lee was the face behind all this fun comics.

He is also known to have cameos in films based on MCU characters. However, Endgame marks Lee’s final MCU appearance, following his death in November at age 95.

A Recap over Stan’s Endgame Cameo

When the Avengers devise their time heist, using the Quantum Realm, to gather the Infinity Stones from the past, Steve Rogers and Tony Stark set out to stanch the Tesseract in 2012’s The Avengers, right after the Battle of New York.

That mission fails, due to Loki, so they make another quantum leap, to 1970, and S.H.I.E.L.D.’s New Jersey base to snag the Space Stone.

But just as that adventure kicks off, we see Lee in his heyday in an apt scene depicting “The Man” celebrating life.

Later we see a white muscle car speeds down the road to a military compound. With Steppenwolf’s “Hey Lawdy Mama” on full blast and one of Lee’s catchphrases, “‘Nuff Said,” which then leads the camera to shifts its gaze to Lee driving the car, de-aged and looking as sharp as ever.

There’s an attractive woman in the passenger seat, and, in what’s sure to be his definitive cameo, he yells “Make love, not war!” to the soldiers stationed outside the gates as he whizzes by.

Claus talks about Stan’s Cameo

“There was some work, very minor de-aging done on Captain Marvel,” Claus said about Lee’s cameo in the prequel.

“But that was 10 years ago or something, so not really a noticeable change overall, especially for a man of his age.

But for this one, we had to go back 45 years, so it was a pretty sizable amount.”

When asked to break down the process behind such a big de-aging, Claus compared it to a work of art.

“The work that we do, we don’t create a CG replication of the actor.

We use the actor that’s actually there on the screen, so we were actually modifying the actor in the performance that was there on set as opposed to re-creating something new,” Claus explains.

“I started with the first, as far as de-aging and stuff goes, with the first Captain America.

To start the process off on the right foot, Claus and his team gathered up as many reference shots as they could, meaning they hunted down picture after picture of Lee in the 1970s. Then from there, they used their proprietary software to make the magic happen.

Speaking to Radio Times, Avengers: Endgame co-director, Joe Russo, said: “Obviously it was exceedingly sad that this cameo was his final appearance, but I do think what was shot was very fitting.”

With his hippie attire and suave look, the de-aged Lee adds a fun layer to the film, breaking the tension.