The iconic comic book king discusses his new video game Marvel Ultimate Alliance, as well as the upcoming films Iron Man and Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer

With the release of his Activision video game Marvel Ultimate Alliance, the success of numerous movies featuring his comic book legends, and many more projects in the hopper, the ageless Stan Lee shows no signs of slowing down. We recently had a chance to talk with him about the new video game as well projects like Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer, the new Hulk movie , and Iron Man.

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Do you think merging Super Hero characters from comics and movies with video games is a perfect combination of both art forms? Why?

Stan Lee: Absolutely! When you combine the great stories from the comics with the action and visual excitement of the movies, it doesn't get any better than that!

What do you think of the work done on your game Marvel Ultimate Alliance?

Stan Lee: I'm awestricken! The artwork, the great backgrounds, the action, the almost limitless variety of choices a player can make-they're totally spectacular!

What did you think of the idea of allowing players to form the ultimate Super Hero alliance?

Stan Lee: What player wouldn't want to be able to choose from the world's greatest Superheroes in order to form his or her own Super Hero alliance? It's a truly brilliant concept.

What is your favorite aspect of the MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE video game?

Stan Lee: The thing that most impresses me about the game is the fact that the players have virtually the entire Marvel Universe to choose from. I don't believe there was ever a game with as many colorful heroes-and villains-that could be used, and in almost any conceivable combination! It's almost as though the player is the editor-in-chief of Marvel and can choose any of hundreds of famous Marvel characters to manipulate and use any way he wishes. To have the opportunity to create teams from the most popular superheroes-- and supervillains-- of all is absolutely mind-boggling!

Did you have any idea when you were first creating these super heroes that they would be around as long as many of them have been?

Stan Lee: No way! I never could have dreamed they'd become as popular, or as long-lasting as they have. Sometimes I still find it hard to believe.

I have spoken with people of all age groups and my mother, in particular, loved all three X-Men films. I was wondering why you think those movies struck such a chord with people?

Stan Lee: I think one reason might be because they feature characters whose problems we can sympathize with and relate to. The stories aren't merely an excuse for meaningless action but they deal in human relationships and human emotions.

Can you talk at all about Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer, the new Hulk movie (where it might be going), and Iron Man?

Stan Lee: Sorry, If I gave any advance info away they'd send Dr. Doom after me. I can only tell you that my cameo in the Fantastic Four is one of the best I've done. I not only have a speaking role, but when you see what the scene depicts, it'll be one of the biggest surprises of all.

What are you currently working on now?

Stan Lee: My company, Pow! Entertainment, is developing motion pictures, TV series, DVDs, mobisodes, etc. Our reality series on the Sci-Fi Channel, Who Wants to be a Superhero? was just renewed, so we'll be doing 10 additional episodes to be broadcast next summer. We're developing a new live-action superheroine series for Lifetime TV. Also, an animated DVD featuring Ringo Starr and a wild movie starring Jeremy Piven-plus many other projects.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance is on sale in stores everywhere from Activision.

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