Exclusive: Stan Lee on ‘Mighty 7: Beginnings,’ hero influences (video)

April 08, 2014 | 2:27 p.m.
Stan Lee. (POW entertainment)

Stan Lee (POW entertainment)

This post has been corrected. See note below for details.

Stan Lee has created countless heroes; with his latest project, he’s now joining their ranks.

“Stan Lee’s Mighty 7: Beginnings” arrives as the first installment in a trilogy of animated films starring the comics legend on Blu-ray and DVD next week.

The movie sees Lee tasked with helping out a group of aliens that has crash-landed in the desert and must learn how to become superheroes. Unfortunately, Lee’s battling a bout of writer’s block at the time.

Hero Complex readers can check out an exclusive clip of Lee sharing his thoughts on the project below.

The Marvel maestro, of course, had his own heroes growing up. Chief among them? Celluloid swashbuckler Errol Flynn.

“To me he was the perfect hero in all the roles he played,” Lee said in the clip. “Maybe it’s because of him that I decided to do superhero stories.”

“Stan Lee’s Mighty 7: Beginnings” also features voice work from actors including Sean Astin, Jim Belushi, Mayim Bialik, Darren Criss, Flea, Armie Hammer, Teri Hatcher, Michael Ironside and Christian Slater.

[For The Record, 2 p.m. PDT April 10: A previous version of this post said that “The Mighty 7” was set to be a TV series on Hub. The network has not ordered the show to series.]

– Justin Sullivan | @LATHeroComplex

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