Comic book legend Stan Lee on Thursday delivered a powerful message to citizens of the Marvel Universe: hate has no place here.
In a video posted to YouTube, Lee implored the world’s “heroes” to accept everyone “regardless of their race, gender, religion, or color of their skin.”
“I want you to know: Marvel has always been, and always will be, a reflection of the world right outside our window,” Lee said in the video. “That world may change and evolve, but the one thing that will never change is the way we tell our stories of heroism.”
“The only things we don’t have room for are hatred, intolerance and bigotry,” Lee added.
This is hardly the first time the Marvel Universe engaged in some real-world dialogue. In August, Marvel’s X-Men took on the United States Congress in hopes of stopping the passage of the Mutant Deportation Act. And in 2015, Captain America defended immigrants from the construction of a “mighty wall” the Serpent Commander promised will keep out “trouble and disease and crime.”
In his video Thursday, Lee reminded “heroes” not to judge people by their appearances.
“That kid walking by, hey, who knows? He might have the proportionate strength of a spider,” Lee said, laughing.
“We’re all part of one big family: the human family. And we all come together in the body of Marvel,” he continued.“You’re part of the Marvel Universe that moves ever upward and onward to greater glory. In other words: excelsior!”
Watch the video below, via YouTube: