Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently admitted that he has concerns about reports that Stan Lee suffers from elder abuse. It's not too surprising for Feige to weigh in, though, considering Lee's contributions - and cameos - to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Reports of elder abuse against the 95-year-old Lee began earlier this year, following the death of his wife of 70 years in 2017. Stories emerged about Lee's daughter, J.C. Lee, trying to take advantage of her father before that. With his wife out of the picture, though, many who are close to the comics icon believe that her efforts increased, resulting in her working with others to manipulate her father out of his fortune. In February, Lee signed a declaration in stating that she overspent on her credit cards and came to his house with a lawyer demanding that he sign the deed over to her. Since then, though, Lee stated he did not sign the declaration knowingly.
Other incidents followed. Nurses reported that Lee was verbally and physically abusive with her father. The Los Angeles Police Department got involved after $1.4 million went missing from Lee's bank accounts. Lee's friends began coming forward with their growing concerns about the potentially bad treatment of the elderly man. Now, Feige has weighed in with his own concerns about the potential elder abuse against Lee. In an interview with The Los Angeles Daily News, Feige said, “It’s very complicated, and of course we’re always seeing what we can do about it. It’s sad.”
There is not a simple solution that would allow someone like Feige to step in to help protect Lee. Legally, Marvel does not really have the right. Meanwhile, turmoil seems to follow Lee in his senior years. He recently filed a restraining order against his former business manager after that man filed a false police report that stated armed men had come into Lee's home and demanded money. Many believe this man wanted to manipulate Lee into leaving his home and going with him to an undisclosed location.
Even after battling pneumonia, though, Lee still continues to make several convention appearances each year and continues to show up in a cameo role in every Marvel movie. His most recent cameo is in Ant-Man and the Wasp, although some question if the cameo was appropriate, considering recent events in Lee's personal life.
It's not just Feige who has valid worries about Lee. Comic book fans all over the world continue to wish him well and hope that if he is the victim of elder abuse that someone will intervene to protect the living legend.
Source: The Los Angeles Daily News
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