7 Shows We Wouldn’t Have Without Stan Lee (PHOTOS)

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LOATHED: Marvel TV’s Official Endgame

Between Marvel’s shutdown of its television division, Hulu’s axing of The Runaways, the death of all of its Netflix titles, and ABC retiring Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. after its upcoming seventh season, we’re starting to think Thanos’ snap did more than mess with just the Avengers.

Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Blair Redford, Jamie Chung, Natalie Alyn Lind and Sean Teale in the 'eMergence' Season Two premiere episode of The Giften
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The Gifted

(2017 – Present)

This series, which is based on the X-Men comics, would have never made it to Fox without Lee’s creation of the mutants to begin with.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D - Chloe Bennet, Clark Gregg, Elizabeth Henstridge
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

(2013 – Present)

Originally a spinoff of the Marvel Avengers films, this series has taken on a life of its own and is considered one of the most successful Marvel TV series.

Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter in Marvel's Agent Carter
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Agent Carter

(2015 – 2016)

Introduced in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter got her own spinoff series which included other characters created by Lee, such as Iron Man’s father Howard Stark (played by Dominic Cooper).

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(2017 – Present)

Stan Lee’s character Charles Xavier (otherwise known as Professor X) of the X-Men is father to Legion‘s Dan Haller (Dan Stevens) in this story connected to the universe.


Ultimate Spider-Man

(2012 – 2017)

Starring one of Lee’s most famous characters, this animated series ran over 100 episodes and included appearances from other famous Marvel characters that would’ve never existed without Lee.


The Defenders


Bringing together some of Marvel’s main TV characters, Luke Cage (Mike Colter), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Daredevil (Charlie Cox), and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) united for this special netflix miniseries.

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Marvel enthusiasts have a lot to be thankful for when it comes to television shows, from Avengers spinoffs to original series based on beloved comic book characters — many of which came from the imagination of Stan Lee.

While fans continue to mourn the comic-book legend’s loss at the age of 95, we’re taking a look back at some of the current and not-so-current series that wouldn’t have been possible without Lee’s characters.

From Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D to Legion and Netflix series Daredevil, Lee’s legacy will live on forever.

Above, click through the gallery to see seven shows that exist thanks to Lee’s creativity and characters.