Stan Lee Dead at 95: Ryan Reynolds, Robert Downey, Jr., William Shatner Among Celebrities Reacting

Tributes and reactions were rampant from celebrities and fans alike on social media Monday morning after it was reported that comic book legend Stan Lee had died at 95. Lee was editor and publisher of Marvel Comics and credited with creating or co-creating Black Panther, Spider-Man, the X-Men, Thor, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, among others.

Among the celebrities offering tributes to Lee was "Deadpool" star Ryan Reynolds, who said "Damn....RIP Stan. Thanks for everything."

Damn... RIP Stan. Thanks for everything.

— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 12, 2018

Robert Downey, Jr., who stars as Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe posted on Instagram:

Chris Evans, who stars as Captain America, the "original Avenger," in the MCU, said:

There will never be another Stan Lee. 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!!

— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) November 12, 2018

Sebastian Stan, who plays Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, in the MCU said on Instagram:

Hugh Jackman, known for playing Wolverine in eight movies in the "X-Men" franchise, said:

We’ve lost a creative genius. 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

— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) November 12, 2018

On Instagram, "Spiderman: Homecoming" star Tom Holland said he was "indebted" to Lee:

Evangeline Lily, who stars as Hope Van Dyne/Wasp in "Ant-Man" and "Ant-Man and the Wasp," and will appear in the upcoming Avengers 4 movie in 2019 said:

Stan...more than a master of stories, you always seemed like a master of living. I will look to you for inspiration for the rest of my life. You live on. xoxo Your Wasp
#liveon #StanLee

— Evangeline Lilly (@EvangelineLilly) November 12, 2018

Letitia Wright, Shuri in "Black Panther:"

Rest in Peace Stan Lee


— Letitia Wright (@letitiawright) November 12, 2018

Winston Duke, who joined the MCU franchise in 2018 with the role of M'Baku in "Black Panther," said:

THANK YOU, @TheRealStanLee. You gave us characters that continue to stand the test of time and evolve with our consciousness. You taught us that there are no limits to our future as long as we have access to our imagination. Rest in power! #EXCELSIOR #StanLee #rip

— Winston Duke (@Winston_Duke) November 12, 2018

Tom Hardy, who plays the role of Eddie Brock/Venom in the recently released "Venom:"

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With the greatest of respect ❤️

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Rosario Dawson, who plays Claire Temple in several Marvel tv series' including "Luke Cage" and "Daredevil" said:

Overwhelmed with love and gratitude for the late, great hero, Stan Lee. Rest In Paradise. Thank you for your imagination, creativity, tenacity, inspiration and love!!!

— Rosario Dawson (@rosariodawson) November 12, 2018

Mike Colter, who played Luke Cage for Netflix's "Luke Cage" tv series:

R.I.P. ⁦@TheRealStanLee⁩ You inspired is all. 🙏🏿

— Mike Colter (@realmikecolter) November 12, 2018

Mark Hamill, best known as Luke Skywalker in the "Stars Wars" franchise, as well as the voice for The Joker in many animated DC Comics productions, said:

His contribution to Pop Culture was revolutionary & cannot be overstated. He was everything you hoped he would be & MORE. I loved this man & will never stop missing him. They say you should never meet a childhood idol. They are wrong. #RIPStanTheMan

— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 12, 2018

KISS lead singer Gene Simmons, also joined in with a tribute, saying on Twitter, "To Stan Lee: Thank you for making my childhood so much more exciting with your astonishing superhero characters. Thank you for inspiring me to think and dream big. Thank you for the Hulk, Thor, Fantastic Four and many others. You will be sadly missed. RIP."

DC Comics also tweeted a tribute to Lee.

He changed the way we look at heroes, and modern comics will always bear his indelible mark. His infectious enthusiasm reminded us why we all fell in love with these stories in the first place. Excelsior, Stan.

— DC (@DCComics) November 12, 2018

"Frozen" star Josh Gad also tweeted, in part, "Thank you for such an incredible legacy and for giving us so many icons that will continue to live on long after you are gone."

RIP to one of the greatest creative minds of our time. Thank you for such an incredible legacy and for giving us so many icons that will continue to live on long after you are gone. Goodbye #stanlee - we love you.

— Josh Gad (@joshgad) November 12, 2018

"Goosebumps" author R.L. Stine added his own tribute.

We have lost Stan Lee, one of our great story-tellers. A writer and imaginer who created whole universes. RIP

— R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) November 12, 2018

Joss Whedon, who wrote the first Avengers movie, tweeted:

Stan Lee created a universe where, if a character was beloved enough, they could never really die.

Now THAT’S thinking ahead.

Thanks for so much of my life. You’ll never not be in it.

— Joss Whedon (@joss) November 12, 2018

The original Captain Kirk, William Shatner, also shared his thoughts on Twitter:

Saddened to hear about @TheRealStanLee’s passing. Condolences to his daughter.

— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) November 12, 2018