Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee recorded a new video message, that was shot by his friend and filmmaker Keya Morgan, where he revealed he has been battling pneumonia. The 95-year-old comic book writer, who has created legions of iconic characters like Spider-Man, the X-Men and more, explained he hasn't been in touch with fans lately because of this "bout with pneumonia" but he added he has been getting better. Here's what Stan Lee had to say in the first part of his video.
"Hi heroes. This is Stan Lee. I haven't been in touch with you lately. Had a little bout with pneumonia I've been fighting, but it seems to be getting better. But I want you all to know that I'm thinking of you. Of course, I always think of the fans, and I hope you're all doing well, and I miss you all. I miss your enthusiasm, I miss all the notes, all the photos and emails that I used to get, and I still get a lot of them, and I want you to know that I still love you all."
This video comes just a few days after Stan Lee took to Twitter to congratulate Black Panther on its incredible box office success, and it also comes after he has been making headlines in much different ways. We reported earlier this month that the LAPD was investigating claims of elder abuse at his home, after a dispute with a former bodyguard. The Marvel legend was also recently accused of sexual misconduct, which he denied, and shortly thereafter, he found that there was over $300,000 missing from his bank accounts, while someone also managed to purchase an $850,000 home in his name. Here's what Stan Lee had to say in the remainder of his video.
"I think that Marvel, and Spidey and I had the best group of fans that any group in the world ever had, and I sure appreciate it. So let me know how you're doing. I hope everything is going well for you, and I hope the next time we talk, I'll be in better shape. Maybe I'll have some of this pneumonia knocked down, and we can have some real fun over the internet. Until then, excelsior."
There has also been talk of a Stan Lee biopic as well, with Leonardo DiCaprio expressing interest in playing Lee, and while Lee has confirmed that he has discussed this project with DiCaprio, there has been no indication that it's actually in development at a studio or a production company. Stan Lee also managed to predict that both the X-Men and the Fantastic Four franchises will ultimately end up back in the Marvel Cinematic Universe fold back in September, three months before the Disney/Fox merger was officially announced in December. Earlier this month, Lee was hospitalized for shortness of breath, but he revealed in a video that he was feeling much better. Take a look at Stan Lee's video below, courtesy of TMZ YouTube.