by Ryan Rigley
Despite the fact that virtually everyone knows who Stan Lee is, the vast majority of his life remains a mystery to most. Sure, he played an instrumental part in creating practically all of our favorite superheroes (Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, etc.), but that's all anyone really knows about him. That, and the fact that he has a small cameo in every Marvel movie.
Well, EPIX plans to remedy that with their new documentary about the life and times of the one and only Stan Lee. "With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story" shows us a side of Lee that we've never seen before. We see him at home with his family. We see him as a young man writing his first comic books. And we even see him enlisting in the army!
"I felt our nation was really in danger and I couldn't live with myself if I were a civilian while other people were over there fighting," Lee reveals in "With Great Power." If there's one thing that we learn from the documentary, it's that Lee is as selfless and compassionate towards others as most of the superheroes that he had a hand in creating.
"In the army, I was classified as a playwright," continues Lee. "They sent me to different camps where I wrote training films." Although he was never put on the front lines of combat, Lee did everything that he possibly could to support the war effort. But then again, it takes a hero to create a hero.
To learn more about the legend that is Stan Lee, you can watch "With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story" April 27 at 8 p.m. ET on EPIX.