Anybody even remotely interested in superhero movies or comics has heard of Stan Lee, especially after his numerous Marvel movie appearances, a gig the Marvel figurehead jokes will lead to him co-starring in a movie. The bad granddad of hero media launched some of Marvel Comics’ most famous titles, including the Hulk, Iron Man, the X-Men, Spider-Man, and Thor. Put simply, if you have a favorite Marvel character, there’s a 90% chance it was Stan Lee’s brainchild.
The ever-successful Marvel movie franchise has paid their respects to Lee in nearly thirty of their films, granting the legendary creator a hilarious cameo in each movie. These cameos have delighted fans for decades, and it looks like Lee’s cameo in recent release Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 confirms a popular fan theory. The on-screen world is expanding for Mr. Lee — but the cunning artist wants to go even further.
In an interview with CinemaBlend, Lee revealed that his favorite cameo to date has been in Avengers: Age of Ultron, where he gets hammered on Asgardian liquor. When asked why that was his favorite turn in the Marvel universe, Lee offered a surprising response:
“The thing I loved about that cameo is, if you think about it, that is the only cameo I’ve done that had two scenes. It was more than a cameo. It was almost like a role in the movie! So now I’m shooting for cameos that have three scenes, four scenes. Eventually I hope to be the co-star.”
After the sequel came out, fans got a glimpse at Lee’s cameo in another addition to the Guardians of the Galaxy universe — the film’s new ride at Disney’s California Adventure Park. Lee also revealed a snippet of his own Deadpool 2 cameo earlier this year via Twitter. Whether that clip offers a teasing look at Lee’s actual Deadpool 2 appearance or not is still unknown, but it sure would be interesting if it was. That would mean that, after all these years, Lee has been playing the role of a lifetime: himself.
Since his first name isn’t Chris, Lee’s shot at being a Marvel leading man may have come and gone, but never say never. As the comics icon grows older, it would be great to see him get a real crack at a bona fide role before his film set days are up. There are several stories in the Marvel comics and animation where the characters get to meet their creator in an alternate dimension. It may be tough to pull off in live-action, but Lee’s cameos are moving more nad more in that direction. Still, we’re not holding our breath for the beloved ninety-four-year-old to don a cape anytime soon, and this interview snippet was more likely him poking fun at his own limitations. After all, Stan Lee and Betty White could pretty much go toe-to-toe when it comes to aging gracefully (and hilariously).
Whether Lee will have more roles in upcoming Marvel films or not, it’s great to see even a glimpse of him on the big screen now and again. We’re excited to see his upcoming bits in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok later this year.