“I’VE finally made it!”
So jokes Stan Lee, but the comics legend is seriously excited when he says that at age 91, he’s at last hit a career milestone.
“After years of doing cameos, I’m actually one of the stars of an animated movie!” the Marvel mastermind tells Comic Riffs on Thursday, as part of the project’s unveiling. “It’s called ‘The Mighty 7,’ and it’s the world’s first reality superhero story because it involves real people, like yours truly, as well as new, colorful superheroes.”
The Hub Network announced Thursday in Los Angeles that “Stan Lee’s Mighty 7” — which will premiere Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. — will be a network Original Family Movie as part of a planned trilogy.
The rest of the “Mighty 7” main cast will be voiced by Sean Astin, Jim Belushi, Mayim Bialik, the musician Flea, Armie Hammer, Teri Hatcher, Michael Ironside and Christian Slater.
According to the Hub Network, Lee portrays “an animated version of himself, a legendary superhero creator, who teaches a crew of alien prisoners and their jailers, who have crash-landed on Earth, how to work together and use their powers to be superheroes.”
Created by Lee, “Mighty 7” is produced by Stan Lee Comics as a joint venture with Genius Brands International, Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment and Archie Comics. The Hub Network is a partnership of Discovery Communications and Hasbro.
Lee — the co-creator of such iconic and lucrative characters as Spider-Man and Iron Man, Thor and the Fantastic Four — turned 91 last month.
As for his first starring role in animation, he tells Comic Riffs: “I’ve already written my acceptance speech for the Oscars and Emmys.”