Superstar Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson penned a "thank you" letter to Stan "The Man" Lee after the legendary comic book creator introduced Johnson ahead of Sony's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle panel at LA Comic Con. Johnson posted the message to Instagram, accompanied by a black and white photo of the pair:
This man. This legend. When I first broke into Hollywood 17yrs ago, Stan Lee (iconic co creator of Spider Man, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Dr Strange etc) welcomed me with open arms. Always offering sage advice to help build my career. Be imaginative, set no limits.. have fun, he said. Years had gone by, but at Stan’s #LAComicCon I had the opportunity to hug him again and say thank you. I was also truly moved yesterday by his words regarding the career I’ve been fortunate enough to build. Much more to accomplish. Cheers my friend to imagination, no limits and fun. Next time tequila’s on me! Your Black Adam⚡️🥃 (@hhgarcia41 📸)
Johnson signed off on the post with "Your Black Adam," citing his upcoming role as the DC Comics character — a role that Johnson has been tied to for more than a decade. Though Black Adam is the archfoe of superhero Shazam (née Captain Marvel), the Shazam! movie won't include Johnson's big bad. Johnson will instead headline a standalone Black Adam movie while Shazam — who will be played by Chuck star Zachary Levi, as revealed on Friday — will do his own thing without fear of being overshadowed by the shadow of the mega-star that is the Rock. The plan, according to Johnson, is for the two to "come together at some point."
Johnson's latest, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, is a sequel to the 1995 classic Jumanji that starred Robin Williams and Kirsten Dunst. Directed by Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher, Sex Tape) and co-starring Kevin Hart (The Secret Life of Pets), Jack Black (Kung Fu Panda) and Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle hits theaters December 20.
Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game's jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don't just play Jumanji - you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they'll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves - or they'll be stuck in the game forever.