The strange saga of Stan Lee reached a new heights yesterday when the famed Marvel creator seemed to take control of his Twitter account for the first time ever.
"Today was the first day I ever did a tweet myself," wrote the 95-year-old comic book legend, responsible for creating a good amount of Marvel's most iconic heroes like Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, Doctor Strange, the Hulk, X-Men, and more. "Before today, my account was done by others. I still do not have control of my Facebook. Someone else is doing it, NOT me."
This tweet arrives after reports that Lee (born Stanley Lieber) was taken advantage of by his ex-publicist, who reportedly stole blood and money from the man who has made a cameo appearance in nearly every Marvel movie ever made, including Deadpool. A lawsuit was brought against the publicist, Jerry Olivarez, claiming that he used the money to buy a condo in West Hollywood and the blood to stamp onto comic books.
Two minutes after his first "genuine" tweet, Lee followed up with his classic exclamation of "Excelsior!"
There were also reports of the comic book creator being abused by his 68-year-old daughter J.C. (Joan Celia), who allegedly tried to squeeze more money out of her father on a regular basis. A document from Lee's lawyer obtained by The Hollywood Reporter states that, "It is not uncommon for J.C. to charge, in any given month, $20,000 to $40,000 on credit cards, sometimes more." Moreover, when Lee would refuse, J.C. "typically yells and screams at me and cries hysterically if I do not capitulate."
And while all of these developments are extremely chilling and sad (not to mention to the death of his wife last July), Lee has also been accused of abuse himself. Earlier this year, a nursing company used by the superhero mogul claimed that he asked multiple nurses to perform sexual acts for him. Tom Lallas, Lee’s attorney, vehemently denied the accusations, but there's still the possibility that he could face a lawsuit over the purported sexual misconduct.
Nevertheless, the fact that he decided to allegedly take control of his Twitter is a positive sign that he's not just a feeble (and feeble-minded) old man that can be squeezed for money and power. He's not mentally absent and refuses to let others usurp that which he's built over the last five decades. Up until this point, his tweets have been pretty standard PR posts, but it'll be interesting to see what Lee comes up with, now that he's running the show.
Lee recently appeared in Avengers: Infinity War as the bus driver for Peter Parker's school. When the Black Order ship appears in the sky over New York City, Peter (Tom Holland) jumps into Spider-Man mode and leaves the bus to see what's going on, joining forces with Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). As the rest of his classmates look out the window in shock and awe, Lee's character asks, "What's the matter with you kids, you've never seen a spaceship before?"