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Twitter can’t seem to agree on the LGBTQ legacy of Marvel comics creator Stan Lee

Stan Lee passed away this week

Stan Lee — the comic book writer, publisher and editor-in-chief who helped transform Marvel comics from a small publishing division into a multi-million dollar media empire — died Monday at age 95 following a battle with pneumonia.

Lee is best known for helping create The X-Men, a long-running series about superheroic mutants who are rejected by mainstream society. The series addressed issues of racism, homophobia, discrimination and injustice in ways that other comics never dared.

But while Lee has a legacy of groundbreaking inclusion, previous interviews with him show that he didn’t always consider the possibility of making his established heroes, like Spider-Man, more racially or sexually diverse.

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Speaking about Iceman, an X-Man who was recently re-imagined as gay, Lee said, “If [my comic book characters] were gay I didn’t play up to the fact that they were. I wasn’t aware of my characters sexual proclivities.”

When someone suggested Spider-Man be a non-white character, Lee said, “I wouldn’t mind, if Peter Parker had originally been black, a Latino, an Indian or anything else, that he stay that way. But we originally made him white. I don’t see any reason to change that.”

He also added that he was happy to create new superheroes that were LGBTQ or people of color.

This legacy has left some LGBTQ comics fans with mixed feelings.

Many folks are celebrating Lee for his inclusive work, defending him against detractors:

But not everyone in the LGBTQ community feels the same about his work:

What do you think about Stan Lee’s LGBTQ legacy?