Last night was a historic one for Marvel Studios, as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse took home the award for Best Animated Picture.
However, something within the acceptance speech for the prestigious honor rubbed fans the wrong way: the lack of a "thank you" to the late Stan Lee, the comic book mogul behind many of the Marvel Universe characters, namely Spider-Man.
So the new Spider-Man movie Into the spider-verse won an Oscar, and no one that was up on that stage gave any thanks to Stan Lee.....— Garrett (@gwfiske) February 25, 2019
While what's really to blame here is the cut-off music, which promptly ends the speech of anyone accepting an award, as it was used to hurry those accepting the award for Spider-Man off of the stage. Those accepting the award ran out of time before they could mention Lee or Spider-Man's other co-creator, Steve Ditko.
Bob Persichetti, the film's director, stressed backstage that they were intending to thank the legendary comic book writers before they were cut off.
Other fans expressed how much they wished that Lee could have seen the Oscars last night, with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Black Panther, and Avengers: Infinity War being nominated for awards.
I believe our Generalissimo was up there enjoying all the @marvel wins at the #oscars tonight. ?Congrats!! 2 wins for #blackpanther & 1 for #SpidermanIntoTheSpiderverse! ??RIP @TheRealStanLee. ? https://t.co/meflkyjbrg— Ming-Na Wen (@MingNa) February 25, 2019
The common consensus was that Lee would have loved this moment as the beauty of the universe that he helped to construct was getting recognition, and while it would have been nice to have him mentioned, it was certainly not the awardee's fault they were cut off during their speech. But everyone can agree that the award would not have been possible without his enormous contributions.