The upcoming sequel to this year’s The Amazing Spider-man is coming together fast. The film – which will hit theaters everywhere in summer 2014 – has already secured the return of director Marc Webb and stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, and all signs point to Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx joining the cast as classic Spidey villain, Electro.
However, no Marvel film is complete without a signature cameo from Stan Lee. The man who co-created Spider-man with Steve Ditko back in 1962 had a memorable appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man as a clueless librarian (see the clip above), and we’ve already heard early details about who he’ll play in next year’s Iron Man 3.
Now, courtesy of Collider, we’ve got word that Lee is hoping for an even more significant role in The Amazing Spider-man 2. Here’s what Lee had to say about his cameo in the first film as well as his hopes for the sequel:
[The first film's cameo] was all right, but it wasn’t big enough. You refer to it as a cameo. Couldn’t we think of it as a leading role? Or couldn’t we think of it as a key scene that the whole movie sort of hinges on? People haven’t stopped talking about it. But I think in the next one, maybe we ought to go a little deeper and probe the real me, what I have to offer… People are still talking about that cameo and saying “why wasn’t that longer?”
While Lee’s statement retains his signature wit, his message remains clear. Since his last cameo was better integrated into the main plot of a Marvel film, it looks like Lee is hesitant to return to the throwaway scenes in which he has typically been featured in the past. One can’t blame him for wanting to play a more crucial – albeit still brief – role in the next film.
Would you like to see Lee get a bigger (i.e. more important) role in The Amazing Spider-man 2, or does a little Lee go a long way? Let us know in the comments.
The Amazing Spider-man 2 will be released May 2, 2014.