Without Stan Lee, the man credited with making Marvel the cultural behemoth it is today, the world would be lacking any number of celebrity studs. The Marvel movies didn’t just launch multiple Chris-es to Hollywood stardom; they also introduced America to Hugh Jackman, the man who brought Wolverine to life despite, as he admits to Stephen Colbert, not realizing that a wolverine was a real animal instead of just a super butch version of the word “wolf.”
Lee passed away on Monday, and last night, Jackman shared memories of his early stumbles with Wolverine and the first time that he met the godfather of his most famous character. And true to his legacy, Lee completely stole the spotlight at that first meeting.
First of all, just let me say to the family and to the legions of fans that I remember Stan as a true gentleman who had this glint in his eye. He’s a creative genius, he thought outside the box. He created a whole universe that changed the lives of many people, mine included. But when I met him—first of all if you ever want to get a real understanding of where you’re at in the world, and you think, “I’m Wolverine, I’m walking into Comic-Con, this is my spot, right? This is a good day for me.” And I was on a red carpet, and I was the only one on there. And no one was taking my photo because at the other end was Stan Lee and there was about 300 photographers and interviewers all on Stan. And I was just like [bows]. Anyway, Stan, God bless you, you’re one of the greats.
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