Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was released at Saturday’s Los Angeles premiere, and it marked the first Marvel Universe-centered film released after Stan Lee’s death. As a result, the movie was packed with tributes to the comic book icon.
Guests at the premiere were given pins with a picture of Lee’s quintessential aviator glasses, and the walls of the theater were lined with posters that thanked and honoured him. He even makes a comeo in the film. “He’s got a line – that I’m not going to spoil – that was meant as one thing and now it’s another since he’s passed,” star Jake Johnson explained to The Hollywood Reporter.
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Brian Tyree Henry, who voices the father of protagonist Miles Morales in the film, also was hoping Lee had been written in before his death. “It’s just so special and we lost a great one and I’m really glad that Marvel is continuing to honour his memory by including him in the film,” Henry added according to The Hollywood Reporter.