Turns out those concerns over Stan Lee’s recent show cancellations weren’t entirely unfounded—The Man announced he just received a pacemaker:
This is a dispatch sent from your beloved Generalissimo, directly from the center of Hollywood’s combat zone!
Now hear this! Your leader hath not deserted thee! In an effort to be more like my fellow Avenger, Tony Stark, I have had an electronic pace-maker placed near my heart to insure that I’ll be able to lead thee for another 90 years.
But fear thee not, my valiant warriors. I am in constant touch with our commanders in the field and victory shall soon be ours. Now I must end this dispatch and join my troops, for an army without a leader is like a day without a cameo!”
Lee will be 90 in a few months, and as we all know, keeps up an insanely busy schedule for anyone, let alone a man his age. With his new, electronic heart, he’ll probably keep chugging along for another 30 years. Best wishes to a speedy recovery for Stan.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.