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In honor of the late Stan Lee, who passed on this week, the original six ‘Avengers’ of the MCU have bought out a page in the print magazine of The Hollywood Reporter to say their goodbyes.

Contributing to the homage are actors Scarlett Johansson (who plays ‘Black Widow’), Chris Hemsworth (‘Thor’), Mark Ruffalo (‘The Hulk’), Robert Downey Jr (‘Iron Man’), Jeremy Renner (‘Hawkeye’) and Chris Evans (‘Captain America’).

Filling the spread is a giant Avengers logo, along with a message that reads, “We acknowledge his creative contribution, the thousands of men and women it has long employed, the millions that will continue to be entertained, and above all, his inimitable wit, grace, and humility.”

“Stan, we love you, we will miss you, [and] we’re grateful to represent a small part of your amazing legacy.”

The classy execution of the ad is a supposed far cry from that of Gwyneth Paltrow’s tribute to Lee. The actress—who fills in the shoes of ‘Pepper Potts’ in the Iron Man and Avengers series, as well as in Spider-Man: Homecoming—had slipped in her farewell to the man within an Instagram post advertising her brand.

For the most part, the Marvel Comics fandom and those who knew Lee have respectfully offered their salutations to the life of Lee through heart-wrenching artworks and montages of his numerous film cameos.

A very nice Stan Lee tribute ad from 6 of the Avengers is in this week’s @THR print magazine.

— Matthew Belloni (@THRMattBelloni) November 14, 2018

The Original Six, EXCELSIOR!!🙏💙

— EXCELSIOR!! THANK YOU STAN LEE, & MAY YOU REST🙏💔 (@mythos1014) November 14, 2018

The Original Six, taking the time to recognize the countless hours of everyone the films have employed, as well as memorializing Stan, shows how much of a class act they truly are.

We thank you. 💜

— Pam Gillespie 🐼😎🐒 (@arctichamster) November 15, 2018

The original six have proven themselves to be a really Class Act and this is one more reason why we will miss them, like the great Stan the Man, forever. Excelsior to him and to all of you!

— Anthony Ambrosiano (@harshaw999) November 15, 2018

[via Comicbook, images via various sources]

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