Saturday marks the date Stan Lee would have turned 97 and throughout the day, many have taken to Twitter to share their fondest memories of the late Marvel icon. That includes Doctor Strange screenwriter C. Robert Cargill, who shared an astonishing story about meeting Lee on the red carpet after screening the Scott Derrickson movie for the first time. According to Cargill, Lee specifically sought him out to tell what a bang-up job he's done with Stephen Strange.
"I met Stan Lee on, of all things, the red carpet for Doctor Strange," Cargill tweeted in a lengthy Twitter thread. "An assistant walked up to me and said 'Excuse me, Mr. Cargill, Stan would like to meet you.' As a Marvel kid from the womb, my heart stopped." That's when Cargill revealed Lee said the team "got Stephen right."
I thanked him, told him how Marvel comics shaped me into the writer I am now, and thanked him for everything.
"I did it all for you, Cargill," he said.
"You're lying, but I'll fucking take it."
Then he asked if I could teach him some of the Doctor Strange hand gestures. pic.twitter.com/1fW5BSfu8N— C. Robert Cargill (@Massawyrm) December 28, 2019
"Boom," the writer continued. "All the validation I ever needed for Strange boiled down in two sentences. It didn't matter what critics or my friends thought. Stan loved it. I thanked him, told him how Marvel comics shaped me into the writer I am now, and thanked him for everything."
He added, "We talked a bit longer and got some photos. It was the highlight of the night. That was the thing about Stan. He know what he meant to the generations of us that followed in his footsteps. He could have been too cool for school, but instead he was kind, gifting us these moments."
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is due out May 7, 2021.
Upcoming Marvel Studios projects include Black Widow on May 1, 2020, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier in Fall 2020, The Eternals on November 6, 2020, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on February 12, 2021, WandaVision in Spring 2021, Loki in Spring 2021, Spider-Man 3 on July 16, 2021, What If…? in Summer 2021, Hawkeye in Fall 2021, Thor: Love and Thunder on November 5, 2021, and Black Panther 2 on May 6, 2022. Marvel Studios Disney+ series without release dates include Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and She-Hulk.