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Wesley Snipes, Flavor Flav, Kevin Smith gathered to pay tribute to Marvel Comics' Stan Lee

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LOS ANGELES (CIRCA) — If you've seen a superhero movie in the last 20 years, or read a comic book in the last 70 years, chances are Stan Lee has impacted your life in some way.

Just months after his November death at age 95, fans are still reeling, but also aspiring to pay tribute to Lee's legacy, which spans countless contributions to pop culture.

Stan Lee, Lou Ferrigno, Eric Kramer
In this May 9, 1988, file photo, comics impresario Stan Lee, center, poses with Lou Ferrigno, right, and Eric Kramer who portray "The Incredible Hulk" and Thor, respectively, in a special movie for NBC, "The Incredible Hulk Returns." (Nick Ut/AP)

Inspired by that legacy, fans and celebrities recently gathered at the historic TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood to mourn Lee while celebrating his life and accomplishments.

Celebs like Kevin Smith, Wesley Snipes, Seth Green, Clark Gregg, and many others turned out for the event, opening up about their time with Lee and sharing stories of inspiration.

Clare Grant, Seth Green
Clare Grant, left, and Seth Green arrive at Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible and Uncanny Life of Stan Lee on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

"His characters were deeply complicated and had very human flaws," said actor Green. "And as a result, I think anyone can find themselves in them and find inspiration from them."

Flavor Flav
Flavor Flav arrives at Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible and Uncanny Life of Stan Lee on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

While Lee's writings most directly affected comics and movies, Public Enemy's Flavor Flav said his influence on music is wider reaching that you might think.

"Honestly, a lot of the ideas that people write about in their music came from a lot of these comic book characters," he said. "Because everybody grew up with comic book characters from kids. So, the things that we write about is based on actual life, and a lot of that comes from comic books."

Clark Gregg
Clark Gregg arrives at Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible and Uncanny Life of Stan Lee on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Actor Gregg, who played Agent Coulson in the Avengers films, spoke to how Lee's characters changed not only comics but movies as well.

"I think what Marvel's managed to do in terms of creating this giant story that goes across 20, 30 films—it shows you that he created something really deep and resonant in an art form that not a lot of people took seriously before."

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The latest of Lee's comics to be adapted to the big screen is the conclusion to the Avengers film series with "Avengers: Endgame" coming to theaters April 26.

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