The last few months have been very troubling for fans of acclaimed comic book creators, Stan Lee. Aside from health concerns, Lee has been embroiled in several controversies since the start of 2018.
Last May, Lee filed a lawsuit against Pow! Entertainment, the media company he co-founded in 2001, for $1 billion. The lawsuit claims that Pow! sold Lee’s likeness to a Chinese company without his full blessing on the transaction. More recently, Lee’s twitter account was hacked. Although unconfirmed, word had it that Keya Morgan had the Twitter account in his possession. There were also claims that Morgan was isolating Lee from friends and family.
With that said, it seems like things are looking up for the comic book legend. In a statement released by Pow! Entertainment this week, it was confirmed that Lee’s Twitter account is back with the media company. The release assured Lee’s fans that Pow! Only has the best intentions. They aim to represent Lee the best and most accurate way they could:
“Recently access and management of the Twitter account was temporarily out of our (and Stan’s) control. That situation has now been rectified. Stan Lee’s social media accounts are once again being exclusively managed by POW! with Stan’s participation.Unlike certain recent statements that were falsely presented in Stan’s voice, we want to assure you of our promise to be completely transparent and honest with you, the fans. POW! would never want to break your trust or put you in a position where you are unsure of Stan’s participation in his social media.”
The media company thanked Lee’s fans for sticking by the creator during the toughest of times. They also confirmed that they would not be deleting the updates that were posted during the time the Twitter account was hacked:
“Some of the questionable material referred to above will remain in Stan’s timelines and social media feeds. For now, these posts will not be deleted for reasons that will become obvious over time.”
Stan Lee has since dropped the charges he filed against Pow! Entertainment. According to a statement released by Lee through The Hollywood Reporter, the whole ordeal was a misunderstanding. It was as confusing for him as it is for his fans:
“The whole thing has been confusing to everyone, including myself and the fans, but I am now happy to be surrounded by those who want the best for me. I am thrilled to put the lawsuit behind me, get back to business with my friends and colleagues at POW! and launch the next wave of amazing characters and stories!”
Shane Duffy, Pow! Entertainment’s CEO, says he is ecstatic about the lawsuit being dropped. He is happy that the company gets to work with Lee again:
“We are ecstatic that this ill-founded lawsuit has been dismissed and we look forward to working with Stan again to develop and produce the great projects that were put on hold when the lawsuit was filed. We recently got together with Stan to discuss our path forward and we and [parent company] Camsing are pleased with his overwhelmingly enthusiastic reaction.”