Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee reveals in a new video he is currently battling pneumonia. This marks the second health scare the 95-year old has endured in 2018, as he was hospitalized earlier this month due to an irregular heartbeat. In that previous incident, Lee had to stay at the hospital for only one night before going back home, where he gave an interview indicating he was in high spirits - joking that a medical check up did him a lot of good.
Lee was scheduled to appear at Wizard World Cleveland 2018, but ended up not attending due to "unforeseen circumstances" (that being the official reasoning given on the event's Facebook page). It appears those circumstances involved his health condition, and now he's given fans an update on how he's feeling.
TMZ posted a video message from Lee, where the comics icon announced he has pneumonia, which caused him to cancel convention appearances. He expressed his gratitude for the fans and all their support:
“I want you all to know I’m thinking of you, of course I always think of the fans, and I hope you’re all doing well, and I miss you all. I miss your enthusiasm, I miss all your notes, all your photos and emails… and I want you to know that I still love you all.”
Due to the illness, Lee is not his usual energetic self in the video. However, he assures everyone "it seems to be getting better" and hopes the next time we see him, "I'll have some of this pneumonia knocked down, and we can have some real fun over the internet." Lee is obviously quite disappointed he won't be able to interact with all of Marvel's adoring fans in-person on show floors, but it's important he takes whatever time he needs to make a full recovery. Ideally, he'll be at full strength in the near future and then he can head back out on the convention circuit to celebrate with attendees.
In the meantime, Lee will continue to have a presence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with his ubiquitous cameos. Viewers have seen his most self-aware role in the hit Black Panther, and he's already shot his parts for Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and The Avengers 4. With other MCU titles like Captain Marvel and Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 beginning production later this year, hopefully Lee will be able to keep his streak going and help Marvel Studios kick off their Phase 4.