The six founding members of The Avengers – Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo – have paid a fond farewell to Marvel creator Stan Lee with a full-page advert in the Hollywood Reporter.
Set against a black Avengers logo, the cast wrote: “We acknowledge his creative contribution, the thousands of men and women it has long employed, the millions that will continue to be entertained, and above all, his inimitable wit, grace and humility.
‘Stan, we love you, we will miss you, we’re grateful to represent a small part of your amazing legacy.’”
Lee, who passed away on Monday at the age of 95 after being rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre, had remained active to the end, regularly cameoing in Marvel Cinematic Universe and Fox productions featuring his creations.
His final appearances are set to take place in Captain Marvel and Avengers 4.
In 2016 Fox sought to take this a step further by transforming Lee into a '70s action hero' himself.