'Romeo and Juliet' as Stan Lee supeheroes

All right, stay with me on this: Two groups of superhuman soldiers turn the Empire of Verona into the most powerful place on earth. The Montagues are cyborgs made of artificial DNA, and the Capulets are genetically enhanced humans with super speed and agility. They team up to destroy all threats to Verona. Then, trouble. The two families turn on one another, and a young Monague boy and Capulet girl pick the wrong time to fall in love. That's how Stan Lee intends to mix Shakespeare and superheroes. It's part of a three-book deal that Lee and his POW! Entertainment has made with 1821 Comics. Deadline.com's Mike Fleming, in reporting on "Romeo and Juliet," has some kind words for Lee:

I like that Lee is still scrapping as he turns 88. Just recently, Robert Downey Jr. described to me his appreciation for Lee and the angst, conflict, humanity and depth he gave Tony Stark, and it bordered on reverence. The depth that Lee and colleagues like Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby infused in those characters when nobody was looking is the reason the Marvel character catalogue is way more successful than rival DC Comics. My view: when you've had a guiding hand in Spider-Man, Hulk, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, Daredevil, The Avengers, Doctor Strange and dozens of other superheros that are the life blood of Hollywood, nobody can begrudge you for using your fame to earn a buck, fuel other projects, or look silly showing up for cameos in every Marvel superhero film. Rock on, Stan Lee.

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