May 3rd, 2013
02:01 PM ET

Stan Lee: If I could be a superhero, I'd be Iron Man

Stan Lee knows exactly which superhero he'd be if given the opportunity: Iron Man.

(And we don't blame him - have you seen how much money that guy brings in these days?)

"I think I'd want to be Tony Stark because he's the best-looking and the richest!" Lee told CNN Thursday at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, which was hosting a Marvel movie marathon that included "Iron Man," "Iron Man 2" and "The Avengers" before viewers got a look at today's release, "Iron Man 3."

Lee, who started writing Marvel comics 72 years ago, never imagined that his characters would be as globally popular as they are now.

"When I was writing these stories, the one thought in my mind was I hoped the books would sell so that I could keep my job and be able to pay the rent," he said. "I never thought there'd be a day when I'd be interviewed by the press and there would be exhibits of the characters. It never entered my mind."

Their longevity has been helped by the movies, for sure, which have been able to give life to the stories in visually arresting ways.

"The movies have these great special effects; there's nothing they can't do. You couldn't have done 'Spider-Man' 20 years ago - there's no way you could have had him swinging on his webs that way," Lee said. "You couldn't have done 'Iron Man' this way 20 years ago. But now anything you can imagine, no matter how wild it is, you can put on the screen."

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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Can u do that too--no

    May 7, 2013 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. Too

    Too – a few of you just love to use me knuckleheads

    May 7, 2013 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. Meh

    holy everyone at CNN asleep while more celebrity nonsense is going on? NEW THREADS PLEASE

    May 7, 2013 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. Floyd from Illinois

    From Marvel – The Vision. Second choice, Wolverine.

    From DC – Green Lantern. Second Choice – Ultra Man.

    May 7, 2013 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. tbatman right?

    yea i would do him....thats probably the only sacrifice i'd make is too tbatman

    May 6, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. the only reason why you do this is because you know..

    do you do it too the others? no because you can't find them

    May 6, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pliny

    If I could DO a superhero, I would choose Batman. I would LOVE to get into the tights of a bad boy like him. Mmm...

    May 6, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |


    May 6, 2013 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. I was not talking about shorts i was talking about Downey...Stick Girl

    May 6, 2013 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. Stick Movie

    Life goes forward KAPEESH

    May 6, 2013 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jesus H. Christ

    I would be myself, but with spandex and a cape in place of the robe.

    May 6, 2013 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. Thumbs Up Too Downey

    Robert has had some drug issues over the years but he pulled himself out of and is STAR STATUS
    Saw the movie....its a fun date movie and received amazing review....there is going to be another iron man

    robert is almost 50 now and he has proved too everyone he is one of our great actors...

    May 5, 2013 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  13. Alvarez

    Looking forward to heading over to my neighbor's house and taking a large steaming dump on the new carpet.

    May 4, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pliny

      And then you can eat it.


      May 6, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • marmot

      nobody is eating anything ... this is a means nothing...

      May 6, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pliny

      Aren't I clever? 'And then you can eat it' was a zinger of pure genius! I really don't know where I come up with a 4th grade comeback like that.

      May 6, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alvarez

      It was indeed pure genius. Now come closer so I can deposit a large helping of trouser chili upon your forehead.

      May 6, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff

    Does it have to be a Marvel super hero? Then Silver Surfer ( Cosmic power ) If D.C, that's easy, Superman.

    May 4, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ID Theft...We'll see u soon


    May 4, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  16. forced separations--

    stan does not cheat...

    May 4, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Hulk

    Me kick all your buttz

    May 4, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Most bloggers here would be "Troll Girl"...


    May 4, 2013 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  19. medman

    I couldn't disagree more. Why would you choose to be a mortal man when you could be a god? I'd choose Thor.

    May 4, 2013 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • BigE

      He says Iron Man because hes the richest. Stan loves that green, its what keeps him alive

      May 7, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Sokman

    Hahaha Peace 🙂 dunno how super though. Maybe just The Jester. Or maybe the Dudeville Jester. Thats what I call this little Missouri town I live in. Its feels like a Dudeville, ya know?

    May 4, 2013 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
    • ※Sadie※

      I hear ya on that one, Sokman. I live on the cusp of several really small towns. We have quite the assortment of town folks in our area. I'm not up on all this superhero stuff, but if I had to choose, I would like the ability to fly, and to become invisible. That would be pretty cool. So, does any superhero have those qualifications?

      May 4, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Javadude54

      The Martian Manhunter, for one.

      May 6, 2013 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  21. Sokman

    If I were a superhero, I'd be... Sokman duh duh duh duuuhh

    May 3, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Gross

    I would be Iron Phallus Man

    May 3, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  23. derp

    Magneto would whoop iron mans butt.

    May 3, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony

      i have the comic book where magneto owns ironman, captain america, and thor all at the same time, it was awesome.
      that being said, i would take Magneto's powers or Storms powers any day of the week

      May 3, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |

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