Great news true believers, Stan "The Man" Lee is feeling fine and ready to walk the red carpet talking all things Marvel comics and, of course, Spider-Man. After an alleged medical incident, the 92-year-old comic book legend made it out to the Hollywood premiere of “Ant-Man” on Monday.
According to TMZ, the creator of iconic characters like Spider-Man, The Avengers, The Fantastic Four and, yes, Ant-Man, was hospitalized the night before the big premiere. Lee reportedly called 911 on Sunday morning complaining that didn’t feel well and was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for the unknown condition.
Luckily, he made it out unscathed and showed up looking healthy and dressed to the nines at the premiere of the Paul Rudd-led “Ant-Man.” While there, he was asked about the recent news that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has found its newest Spider-Man in the form of 19-year-old English actor Tom Holland.
“He’s good to me! I can’t see anything wrong with him,” Lee told Entertainment Tonight. “I don’t know him intimately. In fact, I’ve never seen him [on screen], but if [Marvel Studios] picked him, I’m sure he’s good.”
Later on down the red carpet, Lee was asked by E! Online about one of the more controversial aspects that Sony and Marvel brushed up against while on the hunt for Holland in recent months. A leaked memo between Sony and Marvel, picked up by Gawker, recently revealed that the character Peter Parker cannot be made black or gay by any movie incarnation. Lee said he agrees with the decision, but only for creative reasons.
“The only thing I don't like doing is changing the characters we already have," he said. "For example, I'd like Spider-Man to stay as he is, but I have no problem creating a superhero who's homosexual. I have no problem with having a black one, a Latino one, a Chinese one, anything—the whole world is our playground. The whole world has heroes we can draw from.”
He went on to explain that it just rubs him the wrong way when people take a character he created and established and change him or her. What do you think of Stan Lee’s comments on the new Spider-Man that will swing his way into theaters in 2017? Comment below or tweet your thoughts to @TylerMcCarthy.