Lee, 95, was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after suffering shortness of breath and an irregular heartbeat on Wednesday night, TMZ first reported. However, all appears to be well, and Lee returned home on Friday morning.
“I’m feeling great,” Lee told a local ABC affiliate after being released.
“I’m glad I spent that evening in the hospital,” he continued. “It did me a lot of good. It probably did my fans a lot of good. It kept me off their backs for the evening. But I’m feeling good now and I can’t wait to get in there and tangle with all the competition.”
Lee, who had a role in creating several of Marvel’s most iconic characters, including Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Black Panther, is awfully spry for his age, though he has had health scares in the past. Last year, he canceled two convention appearances due to an unspecified illness. Still, the nonagenarian attended the Black Panther world premiere on the Tuesday before his hospital admission, and he’s shown up for cameos in every single entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“It’s nice to know that somewhere in the world there are still people who care about what I say or do,” Lee said, perhaps cheekily underplaying how large he looms over all of entire superhero fandom.