Acclaimed Creator Doesn’t Want to Be “Sidelined” And End Up Like Stan Lee

in Marvel

stan lee

Credit: Marvel

George R.R. Martin admits he doesn’t want to ever end up like Stan Lee.

George R.R. Martin
Credit: ABC

Related: ‘Game of Thrones’ Actress Sued Over Cut ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Role

The Games Of Thrones author acknowledges that Lee helped make Marvel what it is today by the stories he told, but Martin doesn’t like the idea of ever losing control as Lee did. Martin has been known to help HBO with all the adaptations of his work as he provides a lot of guidance on how to handle his characters.

Right now, Martin is helping HBO create a new prequel series for Game Of Thrones called House of the Dragon which will be set around 200 years before Kit Harrington’s Jon Snow or Emilia Clarke‘s Daenerys Targaryen entered the story.

emilia clarke as khaleesi in game of thrones
Credit: HBO

Related: ‘Star Wars’ Actress Shares Shocking Revelations “On Surviving Two Brain Aneurysms”

Martin told The Hollywood Reporter that he is delighted with how the new series is turning out as he calls it a “Shakespearian tragedy”:

“It’s powerful, it’s visceral, it’s dark, it’s like a Shakespearean tragedy. There’s no Arya — a character everybody’s going to love. They’re all flawed. They’re all human. They do good things. They do bad things. They’re driven by lust for power, jealousy, old wounds — just like human beings. Just like I wrote them.”

Credit: HBO

Related: ‘Game of Thrones’ Creator Confirms New Marvel Project

Later on, Martin admitted he felt like he could end up like one of several iconic creators — George Lucas, Stan Lee,  or Gene Roddenberry and the THR asked him which one he hoped to be. Martin admitted he didn’t know, but he definitely didn’t want to be anything like Stan Lee:

“I don’t know. Not Stan Lee at the end. He had no power, no influence. He wasn’t writing any stories. He couldn’t say, ‘Don’t do this character.’ He was just a friendly person they brought to conventions and who did cameos. To be sidelined on the world and characters that you created, that would be tough.”

stan lee thor ragnarok
Credit: Marvel Studios

Related: Stan Lee Created The X-Men Out of Laziness

At the end of the day, it makes perfect sense why Martin has no interest in becoming the next Stan Lee because any creator doesn’t want to see their beloved creations taken away from them. Sure, Games of Thrones won’t be Martin’s forever, but it wouldn’t be great being taken to every convention to be constantly reminded of how little control you have over the franchise you created.

George Lucas is in the same position, but he willingly gave it away once fans claimed he ruined Star Wars with the Prequel Trilogy. Now, fans want Lucas to get the rights back, but it’s too late because Disney won’t allow that to happen.

Stan Lee
Credit: Marvel

Related: Disney Erases Stan Lee’s Marvel Legacy

Martin definitely has a legacy like Stan Lee, but at least, Lee inspired so many people with his work, and is known as the guy who appears as a cameo in several MCU movies isn’t a bad thing. Fans loved Lee for what he did and he got to know that almost everywhere he went. It’s totally understandable for Martin not to end up like Stan Lee, but at least Lee made the most of the situation he was in.

The MCU is just beginning to add more super hero teams into the Marvel universe because now, the Avengers need all the help they can get. It is only a matter of time before we see the Young Avengers, Illuminati, Defenders, Midnight Sons, X-Men, Fantastic Four, and the Thunderbolts enter the MCU.

stan lee cameo
Credit: Marvel Studios

Related: Disney and Marvel Own Rights to Stan Lee’s Likeness for 20 Years, New Deal Says

Do you think Martin is right for not wanting to end up like Stan Lee? Let us know what you think!

Phase Four has started off with a lot of content for Marvel fans to look forward to in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On Disney+  you can watch Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, and She-Hulk on August 17. For movies, Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness is now on Disney+ with  Thor: Love and Thunder in theaters right now, and of course, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever releasing on November 11.

Be the first to comment!