Robert Downey Jr posts emotional tribute to Stan Lee

Stan Lee in 2017

Yesterday we lost one of life's true greats, after news broke that comic book legend Stan Lee had sadly passed away at the age of 95.

While he stopped writing comics in 1972, Lee continued to serve in a publisher role at Marvel.

Apart from creating our favourite comics, he was also for his cameos in each Marvel movie, beginning with his portrayal of a hot dog vendor in 2000's "X-Men".

Here are some of the most beloved heroes and villains you'd never know if it wasn't for Stan Lee.

Lee had graced many movies, comic books, video-games and sit-coms with his cameos, which were quite legendary. He worked in collaboration with artists like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. RDJ plays Tony Stark, or Iron Man, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and has been a part of the franchise for more than a decade.

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Those superheroes have been adapted into blockbuster films, most of which were made after Disney acquired Marvel in a 4-billion-dollar deal in 2009.

Lee's daughter J.C. Lee said in a statement to Reuters that Lee "felt an obligation to his fans to keep creating".

As the tributes poured in, however, Hammer took issue with how celebrities were remembering the late legend.

Disney on Monday tweeted in remembrance of the comic legend.

The official remembrance goes on to profile Lee's life, from his start at Timely Comics and its evolution into Marvel Comics. "A super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect".

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