Stan Lee to Appear on ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’; Clark Gregg Wants Ant-Man to Guest Star

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:39 am,

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It’s make or break time for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., now that the second half of its first season is fully underway. The episodes ahead promise to fully unravel the mystery of Agent Coulson’s return from the dead, after last night’s ‘The Magical Place” (read our review) exposed at least part of that heavily (excessively?) built-up truth.

Additionally, there will be new super-powered villain conflicts, ordinary S.H.I.E.L.D. agent stories and narrative threads connected to Captain America: The Winter Soldier – which opens around the time that the show’s first season will begin wrapping up – woven during the months ahead. Indeed, as under-whelming as the first half-season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was for many viewers (not everyone, of course), there is room for some important course-correction to unfold during the next 10-11 episodes.

THR has confirmed that Stan Lee will appear on an episode tentatively scheduled to air next month on February 4th, but what’s interesting about the report is the implication that the Marvel legend (an executive producer on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) will be making more than his trademark winking cameo (see: every Marvel film he’s ever appeared in).

Instead, Lee describes his future appearance on the show as a “big role,” suggesting a guest star appearance on par with Peter MacNicol’s as former Asgardian Berserker-turned Professor Elliott Randolph on the Thor: The Dark World tie-in episode, “The Well”.

The thing is, though, whereas MacNicol is, well, a full-fledged actor, Lee tends to stick to one-note character cameos and has yet to prove that he can offer something with real depth – so the cynical assumption is that Lee’s “big role” will be more of a publicity gimmick for the show than anything meaningful.

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On the other hand, producer Jeffrey Bell previously teased that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will start to feel more like a Marvel product in the second half of its first season; that means “bringing the tension and suspense of the movies,” but also bringing in characters and faces that the fans of the Marvel Cinematic (and Comic Book) Universe will recognize (see: Blizzard). In his own way, Lee is so recognizable nowadays that he fits that bill.

Then again, what many fans would really like to see are key MCU characters interwoven organically into the show’s over-arching narrative (not just cheap cameos), and star Clark Gregg agrees; in fact, he indicated to Zap2it that he would like to see Paul Rudd as Ant-Man introduced on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., well before his big-screen debut in 2015.

On Rudd’s casting in The World’s End director Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man movie, Gregg said:

“I love that idea. I love that idea. I think he’s amazing and, for me, what’s great about Marvel is the kind of outside the box casting that they’ve done, starting with Robert [Downey Jr.] who now seems so perfect, but I think was a little bit of a tough sell at the first moment,” he says. “People who you don’t associate initially with superhero movies is what works so well for Ant-Man, who’s so smart and has an intellect.”

Honestly, Rudd showing up on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn’t sound like a terrible idea – the plausibility of that scenario aside, that is. Wright has hinted that his film might start not so long after Hank Pym (Rudd) acquires the Ant-Man suit, and having a non-powered Hank show up would fit with the “everyday hero” template of the series (maybe he and Fitz can become geek-bros or something).

There’s also the obvious synergistic benefit of exposing millions of viewers who are less familiar with the Ant-Man character to Rudd’s version – though, that could be a double-edged sword, if people aren’t keen on how the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. writers handle the character. Be sure and let us know if you’re interested in either the proposed Ant-Man appearance and/or the confirmed Stan Lee guest starring news, in the comments section.


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns next Tuesday with “Seeds” @8pm on ABC.

Ant-Man opens in theaters on July 31st, 2015.

Source: THR, [via CBM]

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  1. They are gonna need Antman ,Thor ,The Hulk and Spiderman to show up to save this show!

    • That’s actually a kinda interesting idea. I think that Marvel/Disney owns the rights to television Spider-Man and Sony just owns the motion picture rights.
      If they are able to sell a season 2 it could be “Spider-Man and the Agents of SHIELD.”

      • That’s the only way I would watch it again.

        • Same here

    • haha, completely agree.

  2. Not sure if the do it,seems not like a good idea to be connected to this show !
    The stain is not easy to wash out !

  3. Maybe the entire first season is a dream, where Coulson is on the operating table while they are bringing him back to life and he dreams the type of team he would put together ( something more classic and 60s’ish in tone ) and we go into season 2 with the real agents.

  4. I think it would be a good idea for SHIELD to start having cameos from spandex, it will drive viewership.

  5. Not even cameos from Iron Man and Hulk can save this train wreck of a tv show.

  6. I think that Scarlett Johansson Black Widow herself should be an the show working with Coulson and his team investigating problems within the inner workings of SHIELD! Her appearance on the show would lead right into Captain America The Winter Soldier! And having other Marvel super powered heroes & villains would help give the show the boost it needed!

  7. They need to get Sammuel L Jackson on board full time, along with cobie smulders, and rename the show:

    Nick Fury and the Agents of SHIELD.

    Only THEN…could they possibly save the show…that and they need to bring in more SHIELD related enemies like HYDRA, AIM, hell ZODIAC even…just something die hard fans will like

  8. I think Howard the duck should join the team, he can co-pilot for May. Really… it can’t hurt, he can be Agents of Shield’s Rocket Racoon-type. And they can use a Frank Oz operated Muppet!

    • LOL!!

    • Well, Howard the duck would have more personality and depth to him than most of the characters on this show, so why not.

  9. Wow, I’m seriously the odd man out here.

    I love it. I really do. I genuinely enjoy the show. I get a kick out of *all* of the characters, especially Skye. I just like it. So does my whole fam.

    I thought the partial reveal last night was fun and disturbing, and I can’t wait to see where they go with this.

    I would love it if the Clairvoyant was actually someone within SHIELD working to dismantle it and take control, maybe Redford’s character, or even Ultron… And I think adding Pym to the story would be a blast.

    So, lambaste me if you like, I really enjoy the show… I don’t get why this site hates it so much. But, to each his own.

    • Have to say I do agree that the site has a lot of AoS haters, from the main writer to the comment section.

      I’ll admit that initially it was very clichéd, and I’m still not a huge fan of Ward or Skye, although it is growing on me. I’ve liked May from the beginning (can’t believe she was 50, last November!), Fitz and Simmons had a nice chemistry and Coulson is Coulson.

      I’m disappointed with the lack of continuity (Beserker stick was supposed to have lasting effects, so why no mention after the episode) and Skye and Ward still struggle to hold my attention, just hoping the second half will bring things together, nicely.

      I am hoping that the second half showing inconsistencies with SHIELD will tie in to what the trailer for Cap 2, is showing, in that basically it seems to be undergoing some sort of internal Civil War.

      It seems to be suffering from the usual need for TV shows to be throwaway episodes, instead of acknowledging that the audience can hold a memory. With this sort of mentality you wonder how shows like 24 got the greenlight!

      • Actually, for me Ward and Coulson are the only two that hold my attention. May is too beyotchy, Fitz and Simmons too dorky-animated, Skye too just common duh type chick (although she looks good in her undies). At least Ward could do something in a fight, and Coulson has some personality.

    • i too enjoy the show.

  10. Yes! Let’s get Pym in there as Ant-Man…or better yet, Giant-man or Goliath!

  11. I’m liking this show enough to buy the DVD set when and if it becomes available. Some week places, to be sure, but still decent. Stan Lee and Paul Rudd are more than welcome. I think I would try and work in Moon Knight as well to satisfy those who want, well, a little more than we have got so far. The writers are improving, but do need to amp it up a bit to save it from cancellation, and sooner rather than later.

    • Well if they use Moon Knight, they should have him appear in two episodes to set up a spin-off show.

      • Agreed. You see where I am going with this (spin-off series).

  12. Never work. If the show’s writers and director portray him completely different from Edgar Wright’s imaginings, it could lead to Rudd being recast.

  13. It is a good idea to get Rudd some practice acting as Ant-Man. Maybe even show his origin on the show.

  14. Im in the minority on this site that love this show and love the ditection its taken since the fitzsimmons episode. Marvel is definitely sitting on a mine with this show, they can use it as origin stories for characters like antman, doctor strange, bpack panther and other that wont ever be in the movies. I think they really need the life of this show wrote down, knoe the end game abd make sure it only last 3 seasons MAYBE beyond that but just do a good 2-3 seasons, tell the story, than have coulson go home, and the team go there own way in shield.

  15. They need to kill off the whole cast except for Coulson, and replace them with a bunch of people with low level superpowers.

  16. There just seems to be no point to the show… The’re just flying around wasting tax dollars doing dick. They don’t even use the vast resources an agency like shield would have… It’s mind boggling how bad the show is written… A damn shame. I had high hopes…

    • Wait, so in the show they’re wasting tax payer dollars by not using vast resources? I understand what you mean though: it would be awesome to see the show go into longer story arcs instead of having those as sub-plots, and it would also be good to see the agents, and writers, mine the vast resources they have in their respective universes.

  17. I like it.
    Marvel have delivered so much amazing stuff these last few years – from Iron Man to The Avengers – almost perfect comic to big screen adaptions – I think people expect too much from a TV Show.
    I’d rather watch this TV Show than most of the other trash on TV.

  18. Stan Lee should appear in Bad Grandpa 2 LOL

  19. “so the cynical assumption is that Lee’s “big role” will be more of a publicity gimmick for the show than anything meaningful.”

    fits right into the premise of the show

  20. I doubt it would happen, but I’d like to see Trevor Slattery show up somewhere in the Centipede storyline. If they’re going to resort to cornball cameos, they may as well do it right. I’d tune in to watch Coulson use his wit to banter with a heroin fiending wise@$$ who somehow gets caught up in yet another inflated conflict.

  21. No amount of Excelsior is gonna save this show.

  22. Love Stan! When I was buying comics as a kid I didn’t think it was Marvel Comics. I thought it was Stan Lee Presents. To more than one generation Stan Lee & Marvel Comics are one and the same. My grandson loves to spot Stan’s camels in the films and looking forward to his appearance on AoS. The show has struggled some of the time but if you’ve been a Marvel fan as long as I have (1966) u learn to take the good with the bad. For those who get upset believe me I understand but u must remember these stories are generational. A lot of the material u see now was being done (same stories, same characters, same outcomes) long before u were born and will be re-re-done long after ur gone. We just need to be thankful that we live in a time when the images on the screen can live up to and surpass the images we would get in our heads while reading a comic book. It’s pretty amazing. It’s also fortunate for us that we still have Stan Lee around.

  23. Is this show still on?

  24. AoS isn’t brilliant yet but it’s also not terrible. It is, on an episode by episode basis, merely alright. But I remember dismissing Lost as being boring and repetitive until it got into the gear and speed it was always building up to. I think it was the hatch and the French woman’s appearance that got me hooked. Similarly, I’m convinced that these guys know what they’re doing, there’s a plan and it’s gonna get everyone saying this was brilliant from the start.

    • Maybe the episode that will turn the series into the brilliant show it could be will be called ‘The Hatch’ and will feature a French woman. I agree that I think the show’s gonna/is getting better.

      • They could call her Danielle…to be honest Mira Furlan would make an awesome addition to the cast…

  25. I think they could get Michael Douglas aka Hank Prym to make an appearance on the show. Doubted they’d ever be able to get Paul Rudd to do it