“The original origin story of Stan Lee, as all true fans of comic books know, said he was born in New York City in 1922,” Marvel said in a statement. “That story served him and our company very well for many decades, but now it’s time to reexamine his origin story, and the new canon will do that.”
Many fans of Lee know that he started out as a gopher and artist’s assistant for Timely Comics in 1939. Timely would become Marvel in the 1960s, and Lee would go on to create many of the company’s most famous superheroes.
But with the new Lee reboot, Stan Lee will have been created in a lab by a super villain after an experiment goes horribly wrong. He will be thought dead, only to emerge bigger, faster, stronger, better-looking and richer. And (BONUS and SPOILER ALERT:) he will look exactly like former “Chuck” co-star Ryan McPartlin. And it goes without saying that he will still be just as creative and talented a force as before.
“We couldn’t be more excited about this new canon,” the Marvel statement continued. “It opens up many more possible story lines and multi-verses, it updates the Stan Lee character and icon, and it does it in a way that honors the original Stan Lee, which was very important to us as a brand. And he is absolutely, 100% on board with this reboot.”
The new artwork depicting the new Stan Lee will be unveiled and showcased later this summer at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con July 9-12.
Marvel also said that they don’t foresee any backlash against this reboot whatsoever. Not one iota.