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Kevin Feige Details Last Meeting With Stan Lee: ‘Did He Know His Time Was Running Out?’

Legendary comic book writer died on Nov. 12 at the age of 95

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige had his final conversation with Stan Lee two weeks before he died, he reminisced in a new essay for Entertainment Weekly.

“He was very nice in my interactions with him, including what ended up being my final conversation with him about two weeks before he died,” wrote Feige. “I went to his house to see him, and he reminisced about the cameos. We were talking about what was coming up, always looking to the future. Did he know that his time was running out? I don’t know. In hindsight, he was slightly more wistful than I’d seen him before. He talked about the past more than I had ever heard him talk about the past. So maybe on some level, he knew.”

Feige added, “When I sat down by his chair in our last meeting, the very first thing he said was: ‘I know you want me to star in the next movie, but I have to just stick to the cameos. You’ll have to leave the starring roles to the other actors. I’m sorry.'”

The Marvel movie boss went on to suggest Lee was joking about starring in the next one: “He always would joke — but not really joke — about wanting more lines, although he understood why we couldn’t.”

Lee,  the legendary comic book writer and editor who helped redefine the medium when he co-created much of Marvel Comics’ vast library of characters and concepts, died on Nov. 12. He was 95. 

Lee was instrumental in sparking what became known as “the Marvel revolution,” a shift in superhero comics that emphasized flawed protagonists expressing humanistic values.

“Stan was a charismatic, well-spoken cheerleader for his characters and for the medium of comics in general,” wrote Feige. “Also, he was a very progressive storyteller. He took risks, and he wrote what he believed.”

“He believed in the best of humanity. He also believed in the flaws of humanity, and that the flaws could be overcome,” added Feige.

Read Feige’s essay here.