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Stan Lee Documentary Heads to Disney+ in 2023

Stan Lee documentary coming to Disney+ 2023 release date Marvel announcement trailer

Today, Stan Lee would have turned 100 years old, so Marvel has taken this occasion to announce a Stan Lee documentary is coming to Disney+ in 2023. Zero details were revealed beyond that, despite Marvel releasing an extremely basic announcement trailer for the thing. Although, the Marvel website does have a whole suite of pieces today to celebrate the life of the man who co-created most of the most influential and famous Marvel Comics characters, including the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, the X-Men, Thor, Black Panther, Silver Surfer, and Ant-Man, among many others.

It will be interesting to see whether this Disney+ Stan Lee documentary is a feel-good “everything he ever did was perfect” celebration or a more nuanced take that is willing to interrogate the little details. It will probably be the former — it’s good for business to unconditionally praise the man who made you billions of dollars — but Disney could certainly do the latter without turning it into a hit piece. For instance, claims that Stan Lee tried to downplay the creative contributions of artists like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko are greatly exaggerated, but it would be smart to address those claims earnestly all the same in order to set the record straight.

Regardless, Stan Lee was a beloved individual with a larger-than-life personality who radically changed the course of pop culture, so, yeah, a Disney+ documentary is well deserved. Stay tuned for it sometime next year.

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John Friscia
Former Managing Editor at The Escapist. I have been writing about video games since 2018 and editing writing on IT, project management, and video games for around a decade. I have an English degree, but Google was a more valuable learning resource. I taught English in South Korea for a year in 2018, and it was exponentially more fun than living in Pennsylvania. My major passions in life are SNES, Japanese RPGs, Berserk, and K-pop. I'm currently developing the game Boss Saga with my brother, which is guaranteed to change your life and you should buy it.