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Stan Lee: Check Out the Official Disney+ Trailer for the Documentary

Set to hit streaming screens on Friday, June 16th, here's a look at the official trailer for the Disney+ documentary Stan Lee.

Back in April, we learned that a documentary on the life of Stan Lee would hit Disney+ on June 16th, following its world premiere at NYC's Tribeca Film Festival. From a comics legends standpoint, Lee was the co-creator of such globally-beloved characters as Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Black Panther, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, Thor, Silver Surfer, Ant-Man, Nick Fury, The Avengers, and more. But Lee's Marvel Comics life wasn't just on the creative end, appearing as himself on numerous occasions in the very comics he influenced for well over a half-century. And as the popular Marvel characters began making their move into the live-action arena, trying to figure out where Lee would cameo next became its own sport among MCU viewers. Now, they'll get a chance to learn more about "The Man' himself when the documentary Stan Lee hits later this month. But that doesn't mean you have to wait any longer for the doc's trailer – because we have that waiting for you below.

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Disney+'s Stan Lee is directed by David Gelb, who also produces alongside Jason Sterman, Brian McGinn, Jeff Redmond, Andy Heyward, Gil Campion, Jamie McBriety, Sarah Regan, Lauren Goralski & Andrew McAllister. Now, here's a look at the official trailer for the documentary, followed by a look back at the teaser that was released in December to celebrate a century of Lee's pop culture influences and confirm that the documentary would be hitting screens in 2023 (now a week from today, on June 16th). Following that, a look at the "secret origin" of two of Lee's most popular catchphrases, courtesy of the folks at

Tracing his life from his upbringing in New York as Stanley Lieber to the rise of Marvel Comics, "Stan Lee" tells the story of Stan Lee's life, career, and legacy using his own words and personal archival material.


The Secret Origin of Stan Lee's "Excelsior" & "True Believer"

"Excelsior": Perhaps his most famous "Stan-ism," the Latin word "Excelsior" became Lee's signature signoff since it was first used in a "Stan Soapbox" column circa 1968. While the word's etymology (and usage) has a long history, it has come to be synonymous with Smilin' Stan. It is also representative of the Marvel Comics philosophy: to embrace creative and innovative storytelling, pushing the comics medium to go "ever higher."

"True Believer": Still widely used today, a "True Believer" is a nickname for a devoted reader who follows the latest from Marvel Comics. Lee professed his love for True Believers in a "Stan's Soapbox" from 1967, along with a promise to deliver only the best to those who believe.

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Ray FlookAbout Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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