Stan Lee “returns” to Marvel: the studio could resuscitate him in its films and series!

Stan Lee Universe, LLC and Disney sign a 20-year contract to exploit the name, voice and image of the famous Marvel comic book creator.

Passed away in December 2018 at the age of 95, Stan Lee appeared for a final cameo a year later, in Avengers: Endgame. Amused by these short appearances in Marvel blockbusters, the creator of Spider-Man had filmed several sequences at once before his death. Against all odds, this scene where Tony Stark / Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Steve Rogers / Captain America (Chris Evans) find themselves in the 1970s facing Lee at the wheel of a car may not be the last appearance of “Stan the Man”since we learn thatan agreement has been signed between the studio and the company Stan Lee Universe, LLC (the association of Genius Brands International and POW! Entertainment, which owns the rights to his comics) to be able to use his name, his voice and his image for the next 20 years.

This agreement evokes both Marvel films/series and amusement parks. Concretely, this means that Stan could for example “to present” a Marvel attraction thanks to a message recorded before his death or appear on derivative products (t-shirts, mugs, etc.) sold in Disneyland parks around the world. It would also be possible to recreate it digitally, like Carrie Fischer in the last Star Warsfor future cameos, thanks to old videos shot by Stan edited by computer.

“As we enter the centennial year of Stan’s birthday, December 28, 2022, we are thrilled to see that his memory and legacy will continue to delight fans through this new long-term agreement with Marvel.” , commented Andy Heyward, head of Genius Brands. “As Stan’s longtime work partner and friend, I look forward to being able to commemorate his talent in a new way, adds Gill Champion, President of POW! Entertainment. Being able to build a connection with his fans is important to us, and it’s a privilege to do so in a way that he would have appreciated.”

Would Stan Lee really have accepted such a contract during his lifetime? In May 2018, he filed a complaint against his own company, considering that he was being ripped off by his collaborators. In May 2019, his former manager was arrested for abuse of weakness towards him, and at the end of that same year, Disney promised not to recreate the artist digitally for future cameos. If the agreement signed this week does not yet announce anything concrete (it does not specifically mention any upcoming Marvel film or series, for example), it clearly explains the fact of being able to use its image, its voice, its signature, etc. .

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