We all know about Stan Lee. He’s one of the big name co-creators of Marvel Comics, is a co-producer and co-writer for the movies, and seems to be a little bit nuts. He’s been inducted into the Sci-Fi & Fantasy Hall of Fame. He’s also, in one way or another, in every Marvel Cinematic Universe movie since Iron Man 1 introduced the modern superhero film. For a man who’s 95 years old, we’ve kind of got a wee crush on him and his wacky humor.
Just for fun, here’s the entire complication of Lee MCU cameos, from 1989-2018, plus a special appearance in the fabulous music video Guardians Inferno. You’ll have to sit back and enjoy all this as a sort of mini-movie, since it takes a half hour to view it all. We’re not including his X-Men Marvel cameos here, or from any prior Marvel franchise (those other Spidermen, or the Fantastic Fours), or even the ones in Deadpool, since this article is long enough. We’ll pull those together for another time.
What’s cool about this Stan Lee mini-movie is that Marvel has confirmed Lee has an actual character within the MCU — as a Watcher Informant.
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But, one of these is reportedly Lee’s absolutely favorite MCU cameo. Can you guess which one, before it comes up?
2008 – Iron Man
2008 – The Incredible Hulk
2010 – Iron Man 2
2011 – Captain America: The First Avenger
2011 – Thor
2013 – Iron Man 3
2013 – Thor 2: The Dark World
2012 – Avengers
2014 – Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier
2014 – Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 1
2015 – Avengers 2: Age of Ultron (THIS is Stan Lee’s favorite MCU cameo. The reason? It’s a subtle two scene event, where he asks Thor for a drink, who responds by saying it will kill him…and then is later seen being carried out. Blink and you’ll miss it.)
2015 – Ant Man
2016 – Captain America 3: Civil War (This is the infamous “Tony Stank” Fed Ex scene)
2016 – Dr. Strange
2017 – Lee’s two-part cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2 (Seeing both makes his ‘secret character‘ make sense.)
2017 – Spiderman: Homecoming
2017 – Thor 3: Ragnarok
2018 – The Black Panther
2018 – Avengers 3: Infinity War. This is leaked footage and pretty new, so it’s not as clear:
2018 – Ant Man and the Wasp — JUST IN!….UPDATE, next day: this is no longer available…blame Disney, who went in and blocked it. Poopers.
Allrighty. Here’s another version. Let’s see how long this one lasts. The scene is short and cute.
Updated again: Really, Disney? You know we’re just going to keep posting these, so peace out! Here we go again:
More will be added as the saga continues and the clips become available. Sources say Lee hates to fly, and it’s getting harder for him to do these appearances, so he shoots a bunch of them back to back now. I hope he sticks around long enough to see the saga through. (Although at this point at the box office, it may never end. Everyone reading this could die before it’s done.)
Which is your favorite Stan Lee cameo? Comment below!
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