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Excelsior! Get ready to watch Stan Lee's life unfold as a 1970s adventure movie

No regular biopic for the creator of Marvel Comics' famed heroes. He'll get the full-on action-movie treatment.

Stan Lee's life will get the action-hero treatment.

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The man who's spent more than a half-century bringing superheroes to the big screen, in all their flash and glory, couldn't have his life summed up in a quiet biographical film. So when Stan Lee's 93 years unfold as a movie, it'll be a full-on action movie, just like Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor and the Fantastic Four before him.

The movie rights to Lee's life story have been bought by Twentieth Century Fox, the studio behind the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises, The Hollywood Reporter reported on Tuesday. Plans are to make an action film set in the 1970s, with Lee himself as executive producer.

Lee, born in New York in 1922, has plenty of tales to tell. He started in comics back in 1939 at just 17. In the late 1950s and 1960s, along with artist Jack Kirby, Lee created many of Marvel's legendary heroes, including The Avengers.

In the past, Lee himself didn't seem to believe that his life was of movie caliber, once saying in an interview, "I've never been arrested, I haven't taken drugs, I've had the same wife for 54 years -- where's anything of interest to people?"

It's unclear why the 1970s were chosen as a setting, but that was the decade when Lee moved from comic-book writer to Marvel publisher, and many of his most popular heroes were in full swing. And that's not even a Spider-Man joke.

Lee's face is a familiar one to fans thanks to his numerous cameos in Marvel films, including a classic appearance as a delivery driver who mangles Tony Stark's name as "Tony Stank" in "Captain America: Civil War" earlier this year.

As the news began to trend on social media Tuesday, even Lee had a little fun with his sudden rise up the news charts.


Don't buy those theater tickets and assemble your avengers just yet: No writer or actors have been named, and there's not even a release date. But hang in there, true believers. For now, 'nuff said.