Stan Lee's Avengers 4 cameo has already been filmed

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Lee passed away November 12, 2018, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, but he was intricately involved in Marvel until the very end. Other big characters including The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, and X-Men followed, and Lee and Kirby eventually grew Marvel into the world's No. 1 publisher of comic books.

However, Avengers 4 co-director Joe Russo confirmed that Lee already shot his cameo in the film in an interview with BBC Scotland: "He doesn't love to fly, so typically we try to get him out for his cameos around the same time".

Actor Seth Rogen also said on Twitter: "Thank you Stan Lee for making people who feel different realize they are special". Armie did work with Stan, lending his voice to the 2014 animated film Stan Lee's Mighty 7: Beginnings.

In 1968, a tumultuous year in the nation that saw the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Lee wrote one of his most vocal "Soapbox" essays calling bigotry and racism "the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today".

The Marvel founder's daughter J.C. Lee told TMZ that her father Stan was "hands on" involved with the character just days before he passed away aged 95. As a comic book writer, he wanted to be sure to create compelling characters who had interesting problems. The video combines photos and clips of Lee with insights from Marvel executives.

Lee scripted, art-directed and edited most of Marvel's series throughout the 1960s, and often featured topical storylines that addressed current issues such as elections, and the Vietnam War. With his brother, Larry Lieber, Lee created Ant-Man, Iron Man, and Thor.

One reporter responded by writing, "They... worked with him...?" to which Hammer, who voiced Strong Arm in the 2014 TV movie Stan Lee's Mighty 7, responded, "Me.... too...?"

Stan Lee is survived by his daughter Joan while his wife had passed away a year ago.

Under Lee's leadership, Marvel Comics introduced a generation of comic book readers to the African prince who rules a mythical and technologically advanced kingdom, the black ex-con whose brown skin repels bullets and the X-Men, and a group of heroes whose superpowers were as different as their cultural backgrounds.

Mark Sagliocco via Getty Images Lee wanted "Suicide Squad" actor Adam Beach to play the lead in 'Stan Lee's The Chosen'.

Disney boss Bob Iger released a statement as part of a tribute on the official Marvel website.