Our friends at EPIX were gracious enough to allow me a chance to review their upcoming original documentary, With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story, which is set to debut later this week during their Marvel Heroes Weekend. All of this of course is leading up to next week’s highly awaited theatrical release for the Avengers.
The documentary focuses on Stan Lee’s career with Marvel Comics throughout the 40s until today. In his own words Stan Lee talks about not only the iconic characters he helped to create during his stellar career but shows us fans with actual period footage how much fun it was to be part of the Marvel Bullpen crafting these tales that so many of us have grown to love.
With Great Power delves into Stan’s personal life obviously and we get a intimate look involving his loving and feisty wife, Joan, as well as their daughter Joan Celia. Throughout the documentary we also get to hear from many of his co-workers and colleagues as well as the many celebrities he has had dealings with on how much they respect the man who has essentially become the face of Marvel Comics.
Two of my favorite moments involve when Stan uprooted his family from New York and moved to California to head up the Marvel Productions studio, which at that point was solely focused on producing Marvel’s TV and film properties. In the documentary we get to see Stan in the early 80s watching test animation for the then upcoming Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends animated series and a brief clip of them watching the daily’s for Transformers: The Movie.
[Via] EPIX’s YouTube Channel
So this weekend make sure to tune into the Marvel Heroes Weekend to not only get yourself primed for the Avengers but to also check out this informative documentary. Excelsior!