Besides cool characters and an interconnected world, one thing the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s many branches have in common is their Stan Lee cameos. With the legendary comic creator’s cameos now numbering in the double digits, the roles just keep coming – the latest appearance coming to Agent Carter.
According to Variety, Lee will be making his debut on the January 27 episode of the series, titled “The Blitzkrieg Button.” And fittingly given the Marvel universe’s biggest star, Lee will be sharing a moment with Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper).
Despite Marvel’s continued penchant for placing Lee in bit parts, there are some who find his appearances distracting (claiming that the cameos pull audiences out of the film). These detractors seem to be in the minority, considering that last three years have been cause for celebration – Lee included – as The Avengers and Iron Man 3 both crossed one billion dollars worldwide while Guardians of the Galaxy was the highest grossing domestic box-office hit of 2014.
As for Agent Carter, the series debuted to good but not earth-shattering ratings last week. Scoring around six million overall with a 4.7 in demo, Carter failed to achieve the massive numbers seen by Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in its 2013 series premiere. However, Carter’s performance was an improvement over S.H.I.E.L.D.’s current standing – despite the fact the series has actually become much better in its sophomore season.
For now, Carter’s big concern will be holding on to the audience it has, particularly in the 18-49 demo. 4.7 is nothing to shake a fist at, and will be something that lands the series a renewal of its own should ABC be considering the option for next year’s break in between Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. runs – which, again, also remain contingent on ABC actually renewing S.H.I.E.L.D. for a third season.
All that said, ABC is in a good place with Marvel considering that in addition to Carter and S.H.I.E.L.D., ABC Studios has a stake in the upcoming slate of Netflix series set to debut this coming April, beginning with Daredevil, and eventually leading to the Defenders (an 8-part mini-series featuring stars from Daredevil, as well as Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist).
Agent Carter airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on ABC.