Wonder Woman 1984 Trailer and Analysis

Wonder Woman 1984 Trailer and Analysis

Official Trailer of Wonder Woman 1984, starring Gal Gadot.

The DC Extended Cinematic Universe will grow with the latest Wonder Woman film, due out on June 5, 2020.

The first Wonder Woman movie was set in World War One, but now we move forward in time to 1984, a year when Ronald Reagan was in the White House, Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen, and Prince dominated the music charts, and movie fans flocked to theaters to see Ghostbusters, Terminator, The Karate Kid, Beverly Hills Cop, and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.

Action Still from Wonder Woman 1984 Trailer.
Action Still from Wonder Woman 1984 Trailer.

Wonder Woman 1984 introduces two all-new villains for Wonder Woman to face: Max Lord and The Cheetah.  The character of Maxwell Lord first appeared in DC Comics in Justice League #1 (May 1987) as a wealthy businessman who seeks dominance over the Justice League. The character also appeared in the Supergirl television show. Cheetah is one of the oldest DC Comics villains, having been created in the 1940s as Wonder Woman’s archfoe. The original Cheetah was created by psychologist William Moulton Marston (who also created Wonder Woman) as an allegory of the folly of abnormal emotions such as jealousy.  Cheetah originally appeared in Wonder Woman #6 (cover dated: Autumn 1943. There have been several versions of Cheetah in the Wonder Woman and DC mythos, and the one that is in the new Wonder Woman movie is the character of  Dr. Barbara Ann Minerva, whose version of Cheetah first appeared in Wonder Woman (vol. 2) #7 (August 1987).

It should also be noted that this year, DC Comics is publishing the 750th issue of Wonder Woman comics, with many variant covers that look at Wonder Woman through the decades.

Cover art for Wonder Woman #6, (1943) featuring the first appearance of the original Cheetah.
Cover art for Wonder Woman #6, (1943) featuring the first appearance of the original Cheetah.

The trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 shows a lot of action, some very 1980s scenes (of course they have to be in a shopping mall), and it appears that Wonder Woman’s lover from World War One, Steve Trevor somehow appears in the 1980s. We see scenes with Maxwell Lord appearing diabolical, and Dr. Minerva appearing rather pathetic…We do not, however, see Minerva as the powerful Cheetah. Perhaps in the next Wonder Woman trailer?

Director Patty Jenkins, who directed the first WW movie returns to lead actress Gal Gadot as she dons the now iconic Wonder Woman costume and wield the Lasso of Truth.   The new film also stars Chris Pine (Captain Kirk in the newer Star Trek films) as Steve Trevor, Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live) as The Cheetah, Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian) as Max Lord, Robin Wright (House of Cards, Wonder Woman) as Antiope.

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in new Golden Armor from the Wonder Woman 1984 Trailer.
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in new Golden Armor from the Wonder Woman 1984 Trailer.

Since the original Wonder Woman film from 2017 was by far the best of the DCEU movies to date, we expect Wonder Woman 1984 to be at least the second best of the DCEU movies. Gal Gadot IS Wonder Woman!

Wonder Woman #750 Coming Soon, With Variant Covers

Wonder Woman #750 Is Coming in January

Just as we have recently enjoyed the long anticipated release of both Action Comics #1000 and Detective Comics #1000, DC Comics will soon publish the decades-in-the-making Wonder Woman #750.

Similar to the first two landmark issues featuring Superman and Batman, the 750th issue of Wonder Woman will come out in several unique variant covers.  

The regular cover comes to us from the great artist, Joelle Jones, with variants from the likes of George Perez and Stanley “ARTGERM" Lau. Other creators contributing to the Amazon Princess’ landmark 96-page issue include: wonderful  Wonder Woman writers Greg Rucka and Gail Simone, along with Vita Ayala, Marguerite Bennett, Jeff Loveness, and the current Wonder Woman writer, Steve Orlando. Other writers adding to this tome include several who are new to Wonder Woman’s mythology,  including Kami Garcia (Teen Titans: Raven, Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity), Shannon and Dean Hale (the upcoming Diana: Princess of the Amazons), and Mariko Tamaki (Supergirl: Being Super, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass).Art

 by Joelle Jones. 

Wonder Woman #750 Standard Cover, by Joelle Jones
Wonder Woman #750 Standard Cover, by Joelle Jones

Just as with the Action Comics and Detective Comics millennial issues, we will see variant covers take on thematic imagery based on the decades that Wonder Woman has been saving lives and capturing our imaginations:

1940s variant cover by Joshua Middleton

1950s variant cover by Jenny Frison

1960s variant cover by J. Scott Campbell

1970s variant cover by Olivier Coipel

1980s variant cover by George Pérez

1990s variant cover by Brian Bolland

2000s variant cover by Adam Hughes

2010s variant cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams

Other Variants from other artists include

Wonder Woman #750 Variant Cover by Stanley "ARTGERM" Lau
Wonder Woman #750 Variant Cover by Stanley “ARTGERM” Lau
Wonder Woman #750 Variant Cover by Stanley "ARTGERM" Lau-Retro Version
Wonder Woman #750 Variant Cover by Stanley “ARTGERM” Lau-Retro Version

Mystery of the Three Jokers: When Will We See This Important Batman Story?

Mystery of the Three Jokers: When Will We See This Important Batman Story?

Cover of Batman: Three Jokers, by Jason Fabok
Cover of Batman: Three Jokers, by Jason Fabok

Artist Jason Fabok is teasing Batman and Joker fans with some of the art he is preparing for the upcoming Batman: Three Jokers mini-series comic book.  This tale promises to finally explain the whole “Three Jokers" mystery that arose soon after the DC REBIRTH event.

Writer Geoff Johns and artist Jason Fabok’s new Batman mini-series will run for three issues, each clocking in at a sizeable 46 pages each.  This story promises some action, as it is not for kids, being published under DC’s Black Label imprint, which is meant for more mature (does that mean old?).

Supposedly, there are three separate Jokers existing simultaneously in the main DC Comics continuity, as revealed when Batman used the Mobius Chair, and then later revealed to Green Lantern in Justice League Vol. 2 #50 (2016) that when he asked the Chair for Joker’s real name, it did not reveal it to him, but instead told him that there were Three Jokers.

Panel from Justice League #50; Batman and Green Lantern Discuss the Three Jokers.
Panel from Justice League #50; Batman and Green Lantern Discuss the Three Jokers.

So, to quote Green Lantern, “What the Hell does that mean?"  Let’s try to figure it out, shall we?

Since Joker first appeared in Batman #1 in 1940, Joker has has had several origin stories. As often as DC has rebooted itself, that should not be a surprise, but each of the “Ages" of comicdom seems to have a Joker origin all its own. One origin, from Detective Comics #168 (February 1951), has Joker as a lab worker who becomes the criminal Red Hood, who, when he fell into a vat of chemicals, is transformed into the Joker.  A variation of this story was used to introduce the Jack Nicholson movie version of Joker in 1989’s Batman movie. Other comic book Joker origins show him as a failed comedian (ala Joaqin Phoenix’s movie Joker), a failed gangster, a failed husband and father, and, even as a perfectly sane criminal who acts insane to escape traditional legal justice (as in, the government will not impose the death penalty on the criminally insane, hence, the existence of Arkham Aslylum for Joker and his fellow nut-cases).

While there is at this time no release date announced yet, perhaps the Three Jokers mini-series will show us that each Joker has an origin in keeping with the various versions we have seen in the comics.  One thing is for sure, Fabok and Johns are saying this will be a real treat for fans of the Batman and the Joker.

Jason Fabok art from Batman: Three Jokers, as posted by Fabok on Twitter.
Jason Fabok art from Batman: Three Jokers, as posted by Fabok on Twitter.

DC Comics Courts Controversy by Giving in to Authoritarian Chinese Complaint About Batman Poster

DC Comics Courts Controversy by Giving in to Authoritarian Chinese Complaint About Batman Poster

In a story that originated with Variety,  DC Comics has pulled a social media post meant to advertise a new Batman comic book title.  Titled “Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child," this comic hits stores on December 11, and is written by the legendary Frank Miller.  

The hot pink words “The Future is Young," dominate the poster, as we see in the foreground, a black-clad Batman holding a Molotov Cocktail. A Molotov Cocktail is usually a bottle filled with a flammable liquid, such as gasoline, with a lit fuse, commonly a rag or other fabric. It is used by throwing it at the target. When the bottle shatters, the gasoline is exposed to the flame, thereby causing combustion. This improvised firebomb has historically served as a weapon of the oppressed and guerrilla-type forces facing more powerful foes.

The recent Hong Kong protests pit pro-democracy protesters against the harsh authoritarian rule of the Chinese Communist Party.  DC Comics is owned by Warner Brothers, which sees China as a major market for films. Not long after these complaints appeared, then the Future is Young poster disappeared from official DC and Warner social media accounts.

Semi-official Chinese outlets believe the imagery of Batman with a Molotov Cocktail, and dressed in a black-appearing costume, indicate sympathy for the protesters in Hong Kong.  DC Comics and Warner Bros, have declined comment on this issue. Many American fans of Batman see this as a cowardly act on the part of DC, citing the fact that Batman is supposed to stand for integrity and justice, and is not seen as one bending the knee to a dictatorial government or power.  Considering that Batman is a founding member of the JUSTICE League in particular lends this whole affair the aroma of hypocrisy on DC’s part.

It will be interesting to see what sort of imagery is in the actual “Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child" comic book when it comes out on December 11.

The since-deleted DC Comics social media post is seen below.

Black Cat #1 Comic Book Cover Variants Video (2019)

The Black Cat, AKA Felicia Hardy, is the Marvel Comics version of DC Comics’ Catwoman. She is a jewel thief/burglar, and is the on-again off-again love interest of her heroic foil, Spider-Man. Black Cat first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #194 in 1979.

Marvel has finally graced Black Cat with her own comic book series, which began in June, 2019. As with many modern comic book “events,” Marvel commissioned over two dozen variant comic book covers for Black Cat #1. The fact that Black Cat is a rather attractive woman, of course, had nothing at all to do with Marvel’s publicity stunt of multiple variant covers, right?

Regardless of why they published so many different covers, here is a video that shows the Black Cat #1 comic book variant covers.

Which cover do YOU think is best? Leave your comments below.

Black Cat #1 Variant Cover Slideshow

Enjoy this slideshow of variant covers by some of Marvel’s top artists, celebrating the new series featuring Marvel’s answer to DC’s Catwoman: The Black Cat…

Black Cat (Felicia Hardy)

Spider-Man Villain and occasional love interest…

Black Cat’s 1st Appearance was in The Amazing Spider-Man #194 (July, 1979)

She was created by Marve Wolfman (writer) and Dave Cockrum (artist)

About That Image of Captain America Punching Hitler

Let’s talk about this image of Captain America punching Adolf Hitler for a minute…

Captain America Punching Hitler from Captain America Comics #1
Captain America Punching Hitler from Captain America Comics #1

Cap’s creators were both first generation Jewish-Americans. Joe Simon (birth name Hymie Simon) and Jack Kirby (birth name Jacob Kurtzberg) created Captain America and the first comic book featuring the “Sentinel of Liberty" hit newstands on December 20, 1940.  The cover image was provocative. It featured Captain America fighting the Nazis and punching Hitler in the face!  Keep in mind, this was a highly political move by Simon and Kirby, for the U.S. would not enter World War Two until almost 12 months later!  The 

At that time, the American Nazi party was a big thing back then. In a 1939 rally at Madison Square Garden in New York, 20,000 American Nazis showed up.  Amid this atmosphere of hate, these two Jewish-American sons of immigrants gave the proverbial bronx cheer to Hitler and his American stooges by having their blonde and blue-eyed hero come out swinging against Hitler.  Following the publication of this comic book, American Nazis sent hate mail to Simon and Kirby, and started hanging out around the comic book company’s offices as an act of intimidation. New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia arranged for police protection for Simon and Kirby.  

Captain America has always stood for liberty, justice, and America’s ideals. Remember that he is the ‘son’ of two immigrant’s sons who were part of a threatened religious minority who took a brave and dangerous stand against intolerance, fascism and evil.

Comics I Am Reading Now: Black Order #1

I am a little behind in my comic book reading, having a large pile of books ordered online and delivered via snail mail; I am slowly working my way through some Captain America and Fantastic Four issues, which are now a few months old.  However, I also subscribe to Marvel Unlimited, to catch those titles that I would not normally pick up and see if they are any good. Some of the comics I read via Marvel Unlimited I decide are not purchase-worthy, and then, sometimes I find a title that says to me:  This is a GOOD comic book, based on the characters, the dialogue, the storyline or sometimes, just the art. Black Order #1 is one of those GOOD ones!

Black Order #1 Cover
Black Order #1 Cover

Black Order #1 is a comic book worth reading for all of the above reasons.  You may recall that the villain group called the Black Order (also known as the Cull Obsidian) are the four powerful bad guys that tag along with Thanos in the Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame movies.  In the Avengers films, the Black Order includes Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight, Ebony Maw, and Cull Obsidian (Black Dwarf in the comics). They are also referred to in the movies as the Children of Thanos.

The Black Order in this comic book includes all of the above characters, plus the Black Swan, a powerful human female named Yabbat Ummon Tarru. She  was a princess on Earth-1365, and is the lone survivor of her world.

Black Order #1-Black Swan
Black Order #1-Black Swan

NOTE: In the comics (not in the movies, from what I saw) Corvus Glaive and Proxima Midnight are married. In Black Order #1, they often refer to each other as “Love."  Hey, even alien, murdering super-villains need a little loving now and then…

The Black Order in the 2018 Black Order Comic Series:

  • Corvus Glaive
  • Black Swan (1st Appearance:New Avengers #1, January 2013)
  • Black Dwarf (Cull Obsidian in the Avengers movies)
  • Proxima Midnight
  • Ebony Maw

Ok, so why is this comic so good, in my humble opinion?  

First, it features some powerful villains who, cut loose from their sugar daddy Thanos, are now working for the Grandmaster (yes, the nutty alien guy played by Jeff Goldblum in Thor: Ragnarok), who, in the comics, is one of the Elders of the Universe, and has a compulsive penchant for playing games.  Imagine a guy with incredible powers and some really bad-ass villains at his beck and call playing an intergalactic game of Chess or Risk, with real worlds as the game pieces. Not a nice guy, and way more villainous than the movie version.

Anyway, the Black Order is now working for him, destabilizing the Sinnarian Empire, one planet at a time.  That is just a plot device to give our bad guys someone to kill, plus make us wonder what Grandmaster is really up to.  But the real joy in this comic is the dialogue and the depth of the characters we now see as they carry on conversations while committing mass murder. Ok, to be fair, they are only seen killing warriors who they are actually fighting, but still…bad guys.  

Black Order #1-Corvus Glaive and Proxima Midnight-Do You Think I'm Funny?
Black Order #1-Corvus Glaive and Proxima Midnight-Do You Think I’m Funny?

Here we see the Corvus Glaive and Proxima Midnight talking about whether Corvus is funny. He thinks he is; his wife doesn’t think so.  Makes you almost feel bad for Corvus that it seems even his wife does not really understand him. If writer Derek Landy follows this thread throughout the series, it will provide a fuller picture of Corvus as a person, and probably allow us to see more of his relationship with Proxima. Bad guys are far more interesting when their characters and their personality are more fleshed out for the reader to see who they really are.

The art, by Penciller Philip Tan, is amazing!  The action sequences are dynamic, the colors, by Colorist Jay David Ramos, jump out at the reader.  Thinking of the comics genre that this book should be categorized as, and thinking back to the glory days of Marvel’s  “Cosmic" comic book genre, the art in Black Order reminds me a quite a bit of Jim Starlin’s work in the Captain Marvel and Warlock books (which also had strong connections the Thanos as well).  

Black Order #1-After the Battle
Black Order #1-After the Battle

The Black Order series is one I will be following, and you should read them also, especially if your main experience with these characters is from the movies only, these comics will give you a lot more background to understand these characters.  

Black Order #1-Credits Page
Black Order #1-Credits Page

From the Silver Age to the Silver Screen – The Evolution of Comics Industry

The rise of the internet has dealt a crushing blow to print media in the last 15 years or so. But one particular section of that industry has managed to thrive – comic books. How did the world of superheroes manage to fight off the big evil that is IT? Like any compelling superhero yarn, this one too is filled with twists and turns, and a whole lot of history, or shall we say, back-story.

Pop culture belongs to the comics industry

If you have to talk about comics in 2019, it is hard not to begin the narrative with Marvel and the Avengers. The company is responsible for almost singlehandedly bringing the world of comic books and superheroes to a new generation of kids and adults in the last 10-15 years.

The Marvel universe of superheroes and villains now sprawl a multi-billion dollar business. Comics only constitute a part of this empire. Their movie franchise has dominated the box office in recent years, bringing in over 8 billion dollars worldwide!

The latest episode in this cinematic universe, the Avengers Endgame, has been breaking box office records for fun in all four major continents. Many are wondering if it will go on to become the biggest blockbuster in motion picture history! Comics have come a long way indeed.

Avengers: Endgame

Comics have been a game changer as they have morphed heroes to the silver screen

Even on TV, comics have broken the mold of animated series, and are dominating prime time slots. Across the major networks, there are at least ten different live-action series. The same trend is visible on major streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime as well.  

But the original medium is dying slowly

It was essential for publishers of comics to make the jump from paper to the silver screen. Actual comic book sales have been seeing a consistent decline over the past couple of decades. There is no doubt that the rise of media technology has played a crucial role in this.

With the rise of TV, internet and streaming content, book reading as a hobby was dealt a mortal blow. Comics still managed to survive somewhat due to their visual appeal. But as they become more engaging and accessible on our screens, through movies, series, and video games, the original comics are losing their sheen.

Comic stores across the US are shutting down due to plummeting profits. Marvel still leads the market with a healthy share of total sales. But when you compare the numbers with those from the heady days of the 1960s and ‘70s you can see the stark decline – sales have dipped by as much as 80-90%.

But while that is bad news for offline comic books stores, the publishers themselves are not faring too badly. The big ones like Marvel and DC have diversified into TV and Hollywood. And the industry as a whole has made a successful leap into the digital word.

But online sales still account for less than 10% of the total revenues for the industry as a whole in the US. Unless the digital sales pick up to match the decline in print consumption, in the not too distant future, we comics will no longer remain in their original form of books and paperbacks.

The history of comic books through the ages

Fans and experts of the industry have identified four prominent ages or eras in the history of comics. We are currently in the fourth stage, popularly called the Modern Era. Before we identify the trends that changed comics in this era, let’s take a quick look at the other three eras.

The Golden Age (1935 – 1956)

To understand how this all came about we need to take a trip down memory lane, into the days before World War II. The 1930s was the decade when it all started – when the first ever caped crusaders and masked avengers made their presence felt on the popular stage.

It all began with the rise of Superman in the first ever edition of Action Comics. Soon Detective Comics (DC) came up with Batman and the All American Publications introduced a whole bunch that included Wonder Woman, Flash, and Green Lantern. This was the age of superheroes as they battled the evil of Nazis and other prominent villains of the era. 

The Silver Age (1956 – 1970)

With the end of WWII, there was a shift in the world of comics. The superheroes made way to other genres, like Westerns horror, and mystery themes. Comics became more mainstream in this age, as a notable entertainment medium on its own.

Popular heroes like Spiderman and the Fantastic Four appeared in this era. This was also a time of great paranoia about comics, due to the increasing use of adult themes like violence and crime. People started questioning their impact on young children.

The Bronze Age (1970 -85)

By the time the industry hit the 1970s, comics were no longer the medium for kids alone. Now we had an entire generation of adults who had grown up reading these books and continued to do so into adulthood.

In this era, the popular heroes continued to evolve in their own storylines, but often with darker and more mature themes. New writers also started to have their impact, taking the comics in fresh new directions.

Modern Era (1985 to present)

There is no strict dividing line between the Bronze and Modern ages. One thing that happened was the increase in the importance of TV and animated series. This presented the first step in the shift from paper to the digital screens.

As for the content, comics continued to evolve for an adult audience, with even darker themes, and the rise of anti-heroes. Characters like the brooding Batman and foul-mouthed Deadpool started gaining huge fan followings in this era.

The Gamechanger – improved graphics

There had been numerous attempts in the past ages to cash in on the popularity of comic books by taking them to other media like TV shows and movies. But mainly due to the fantastic nature of the stories and their heroes, successful screen adaptations were few and far between. Just take a look at the old Marvel Avengers movies and you will understand.

Though Superman and Batman movies were successful in the past, they were never as big as the current crop of Hollywood superhero capers. It was the improvement in computer graphics and animation technologies in the early 2000s that kickstarted the spread of comics into other media beyond print.

Justice League

New tech have taken comics to a new level

Movies of this era, like the X-Men Series, and the Dark Knight trilogy, benefited greatly from the improved special effects. The same benefit was also felt in the world of video games, where comics made a massive impact. Superhero adventurers like Batman and Spiderman have spawned successful series of action games.

Diversification and relentless marketing is key

With the release of each fresh superhero movie, merchandise and tie-ins flood the market, ranging from video games to toys, action figurines and more.  Even the world of online gambling has witnessed this invasion. These days you can find comic book free spin slots from many mainstream casino vendors, often as part of high profile tie ins with the likes of DC and Marvel.  

This is the strategy that has helped big names like DC and Marvel to thrive in an era when their traditional revenue streams have started to show signs of trouble. Smaller publishers are either migrating entirely to the digital sphere to stay in the green. Many new publishers have also started making their mark, using sites like Kickstarter to get funding.

We can expect this trend to continue for the foreseeable future. Print media might continue its inevitable decline, but the fascination we have for comics will probably never die out. The industry will just find new media to attract consumers. The mainstream success of Avengers and other comic-based movies show that there is still a very lucrative market for such stories. The publishers just need to adapt to new media to connect with their audience.

Stan Lee and the song “Dear Mr. Fantasy” from Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame is the culmination of over ten years and 22 movies in the amazing Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). In Endgame, we are treated to a classic rock song as the Marvel logo makes its appearance, and the song we hear as the logo shifts with images of Marvel characters and icons, is a throwback to the “hippie" era which is referenced a few times in the film. The song is “Dear Mr. Fantasy," by Traffic. Some ​analysts and critics​ think the inclusion of the song refers to Tony Stark and his journey in the MCU, but I argue that this song is a reference and an homage to the Fantasy Man himself, Stan “The Man" Lee.  

Stan Lee Cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Stan Lee Cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

First of all, remember, Stan Lee died in November of 2018, about six months prior to the release of Avengers: Endgame. This movie also features the last of the Stan Lee cameos filmed prior to his passing. How is it more likely that the song refers to Stan than to Tony as the Fantasy Man? Tony Stark is a man of science. He has little use for fantasy; in fact, Tony frequently, in recent movies, rejects pop culture and fantastical ideas from his cohorts (telling Peter Parker to stop referencing old movies for his ideas, for instance). No, if the opening song were “Mr. Roboto" by Styx, or “She Blinded with Science" by Thomas Dolby, I would say it would be a reference to Stark. 

So, what is the evidence for Stan Lee as “Mr. Fantasy?" Let’s look at the lyrics (written by ​Steve Winwood, Chris Wood, and Jim Capaldi​) of the song:  

Dear Mr. Fantasy play us a tune Something to make us all happy Do anything, take us out of this gloom Sing a song, play guitar, make it snappy  

You are the one who can make us all laugh But doing that you break out in tears Please don’t be sad if it was a straight mind you had We wouldn’t have known you all these years  

Dear Mr. Fantasy play us a tune Something to make us all happy Do anything, take us out of this gloom Sing a song, play guitar, make it snappy, yeah yeah  

Dear Mr. Fantasy play us a tune Something to make us all happy Do anything, take us out of this gloom Sing a song, play guitar, make it snappy  

You are the one who can make us all laugh But doing that you break out in tears Please don’t be sad if it was a straight mind you had We wouldn’t have known you all these years  

Look at Stan Lee’s career: his work (both in the comics, as well as TV and the Marvel movies) ​make us happy​, ​take away our gloom​ (by transporting us to his “fantastical" made-up worlds), and, as a major force of creativity (and marketing) for Marvel, he is ​the one who can make us all laugh, ​and, if he was not so darn creative (especially in the 1960s when he co-created most of the main Marvel characters and worlds), as in not having a ​straight mind, We wouldn’t have known you all these years. If Stan were not so darned creative, and had a “straight mind," we would not have known him, or Tony Stark, or Peter Parker, or Thor, etc. “all these years." Using the song “Dear Mr. Fantasy" to open Stan Lee’s last Marvel movie is clearly an homage to the most important person in the Marvel Universe, Stan “The Man" 


The above gif of Stan Lee is from a deleted scene (seen in the Bonus Features of the movie) from the first Avengers movie.

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