Doctor Doom is misunderstood. That’s what Stan Lee told a 14-year-old Leukemia survivor who interviewed the Marvel creator in 2016. “Everybody thinks he’s a criminal, but all he wants is to rule the world,” Lee said.

Doctor Doom, along with many of Lee’s creations, is imperfect. Spider-Man’s hubris allowed his uncle to die. The Fantastic Four would be the world’s greatest team if they stopped bickering. Doctor Strange is an asshole. All those characters were reflected in Lee himself.

But based on how the world reacted to the passing of Lee, you’d think the elder statesman of comics was a saint cast in gold. He wasn’t. He was so much more beautiful than that.

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