Stan Lee signs deal with Disney

Comic book legend inks deal to develop new superhero franchises, including games.

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Superhero movies are popular these days--Spider-Man 3 broke box office opening weekend records, X-Men: The Last Stand grossed $45.5 million on its opening day, and animated films like The Incredibles have also fared, well, incredibly. On the back of this success, Disney has decided that more superhero franchises would be a good idea, and is reported to have signed up Stan Lee to create new characters for the company, according to the BBC.

Lee will be bringing about 20 new characters into the world initially, including El Lobo, Chameleon, Thunder Rider, Whirlwind, Doubleman, Nightbird, and Blaze, all of whom are "in the active stages of development." On top of the first 20, Lee also has ideas for another 40 further down the pipeline.

His new characters will be the basis of new games, films, books, comics, and more. Lee said, "I've got millions of [ideas]. I have file cabinets filled with ideas for movies and television shows and all sorts of things."

The 84-year-old Lee had a hand in the creation of many famous Marvel comic book superheroes including Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk, and Daredevil.

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