It’s hard to imagine watching a Marvel film and not having Stan lee pop up somewhere in the movie and make a hilarious cameo. The Spider-Man co-creator has been a regular fixture in the Marvel cinematic universe, making a brief appearance in every film released under the banner.
But with Lee’s passing in November 2018, fans feared that Captain Marvel would be the last Marvel movie he makes an appearance in. Fortunately, it isn’t.
In an interview with ET Online, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige not only confirmed Lee’s cameo in Endgame, but also hinted that this will not be his final appearance.
When asked if Lee will appear in Spider-Man: Far From Home, Feige said: “We’ll see. We’re heading – we shot a couple of others, so we’re coming up on the last of them, yes.”
(WARNING: Spoilers ahead for Captain Marvel)
Unlike all the other films, Lee’s role in Captain Marvel actually finds him playing none other than Stan Lee. In a scene set inside a crowded train, he can be seen holding the script to Kevin Smith’s 1994 movie Mallrats—in which he plays himself. For a moment, Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) thinks he’s a Skrull in disguise but then lets her guard down and instead acknowledges him with a small smile and a nod, before moving onto the next potential suspect.
As a further tribute to Lee, the film also starts up with a newly modified version of the Marvel Studios logo. The logo replaced all of Marvel’s superheroes with a compilation of all Lee’s cameo appearances from over the years. The intro is then followed with a simple, “Thank you Stan.”
According to Feige, the idea to honor the comics icon in this manner was decided shortly after his passing. “We figured, as we always have, the way to pay honor to him is the way we’ve been trying to do while he was alive, which is the movies. I had always thought in the back of my head, should that day ever come–which as I’ve previously said, I wasn’t sure it would. Like, I envisioned him at 127–that I would want something sort of touching and rousing up front, as opposed to sort of depressing at the end.”
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