13 November 2018
It is imagination that gives us the ability to see the world in a different way. The ability to think of new ways to do things, new possibilities. It is also imagination that brings a little more colour to our world.
In 1961, comic-book legend Stan Lee brought his imagination, colour and creativity to millions of people across the world when he created the Fantastic Four.
I was never really bothered by comic books – I have always been more into sport and music. That being said, there was no way to escape the Marvel universe created since those Four astronauts frequented comic book pages. Everyone knows Spider-Man, who followed soon after. These days, X-Men, Avengers, Iron Man and the Fantastic Four are all huge cinema successes too.
Imagination is the key to another world
This universe of endless characters and stories with subtle messages and morals was created by a man with endless imagination and passion. At 95 years old it seemed that Stan was just as passionate about his comic book world as he was as a young man. There is really something to be said about finding your passion and following it whole-heartedly.
He even made a brief cameo in each of his Marvel live-action films – something that comic book fans relished looking out for.
Transforming the world of superheroes, he gave them real-world problems, teenage issues. He made them relatable, despite the superpowers and drama of the stories. Spider-Man was the first teenager to be a hero, not just a sidekick; Daredevil is blind; Black Panther is black – these were not the superheroes that the comic book world was accustomed to.
His imagination triggered the imagination of others.
I often think about Disney’s purpose ‘to make people happy’. It’s a brilliant aim because you can never make everyone happy, but you can constantly try. One of the greatest ways to make people happy is to spark their imagination, like Disney, like Stan Lee. Perhaps imagination is the secret of happiness.