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While we’ve spent the past 24 hours mourning the loss of Carrie Fisher, more positive news has sprung up. Today marks Stan Lee’s 94th birthday, which gives us everything to celebrate during the year that we lowkey consider the Darkest timeline. If you don’t know what I mean, I suggest watching NBC’s Community. It’ll make sense then.

Stan Lee’s influence on pop culture via comics and movies has had a profound influence on most of us who reside in the geeky realm of things. He’s been the creator of legions of comic book characters like the Hulk, Spider-Man, and the X-Men. Without him, we may not have the Marvel Cinematic Universe that we’ve all come to know and love and spend countless dollars to finance. His influence has affected current generations of people and will come to affect many other generations, especially now that we have such an impactful Marvel Cinematic Universe run by Disney.

I think Kevin Smith said it best when it came to Stan Lee’s birthday:

94 years ago, a god was born who’d bring us heroes that’d fuel both our imaginations and our aspirations. Happy Birthday to @TheRealStanLee!

via @ThatKevinSmith twitter

Without Stan Lee’s contributions, the comic book world as we know it wouldn’t exist in the same way. The gains that we’ve made in the movie industry and in pop culture would be permanently altered. Why am I including the whole movie industry in this? Because of the bandwagoning that many studios have done once they saw the ultimate financial success that Marvel Studios has had over the years. That’s why we’ve had numerous attempts by Warner Bros to utilize the DC properties they have to create films that replicate that same formula.

He’s provided us and many others with a creative outlet, stimulating imaginations everywhere and making various industries grow as a result of his inspirational creations. Happy Birthday, Stan Lee! We love you and everything that you’ve done for us!

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Sarah Musnicky

Sarah is a freelance writer and self-described workaholic. She loves fantasy and sci fi and will admit having dual loyalties between Star Trek and Star Wars as well as Marvel and DC. When she's not being socially awkward, she is in a corner obsessing over dragons, cute things, and a need to master all languages on the planet. She would like to be a professional blanket burrito when she reaches the peak of maturation.

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