Ryan Reynolds, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and More Celebrities Mourn the Death of Marvel Comic’s Stan Lee

Grieving the loss of one of Hollywood’s finest. Ryan Reynolds, Kaley Cuoco and Chris Evans were among the celebrities who quickly reacted to the news that Marvel Comics chairman Stan Lee died at age 95 on Monday, November 12.

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Ryan Reynolds and Stan Lee attend the 20th Century FOX panel during Comic-Con International 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 11, 2015 in San Diego, California. Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

Robert Downey Jr., whose career was resurrected by his starring role in 2008’s Iron Man, shared a photo of himself and the comic book writer on Instagram, writing, “I owe it all to you,,, Rest In Peace Stan… #MCU #Excelsior #legend #rip#stanlee #TeamStark ( 📸 @jimmy_rich )”

“I am so sad to hear that @therealstanlee has passed away!” Cuoco, 32, captioned a series of Instagram pictures of herself with Lee, who cameoed on The Big Band Theory. “He left his magnificent stamp on our show @bigbangtheory_cbs in so many ways and we are eternally grateful .. I adored his visits, hugs and fantastic stories . He was an epic superhero and I will never forget him!! #stanlee 💫 excelsior!!”

Reynolds, 42 — who starred as Marvel’s Deadpool — simply tweeted: “Damn… RIP Stan. Thanks for everything.”

“There will never be another Stan Lee,” Evans, 37, who as Captain America is also part of the Marvel family, tweeted. “For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!”

Seth Rogen chimed in, “Thank you Stan Lee for making people who feel different realize they are special.”

Hugh Jackman — who played Marvel’s Wolverine — posted a lengthy message in Lee’s honor alongside a photo of the two together.

“We’ve lost a creative genius,” Jackman wrote. “Stan Lee was a pioneering force in the superhero universe. I’m proud to have been a small part of his legacy and …. to have helped bring one of his characters to life. #StanLee #wolverine.”

Jennifer Garner, who portrayed the character Elektra in Marvel’s Daredevil, gushed: “You made heroes out of women; I am so grateful to have been one of them. Thank you, #StanLee. RIP.”

Dwayne Johnson posted a photo of him shaking Lee’s hand with the emotional caption: “We lost a good one. What a man and what a life. Marvel’s original superhero and co-creator of IRON MAN, SPIDER-MAN, THE HULK, X-MEN etc. When I first broke into Hollywood, years ago he was so warm and welcoming to me – I’ll never forget it. He gave me very sage advice on navigating a career, that I’ll always carry. What a life he’s lived and how awesome that his imagination and universe creation impacted generations around the world. And for generations to come. Rest in love, my friend. #imagination #stanlee”

The emotional tributes came shortly after Lee’s daughter, Joan Celia “J.C.” Lee, confirmed to TMZ that Lee had passed away.

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