While superheroes and their villainous counterparts are the main center of attention in every Marvel movie ever made, there’s one person that inevitably steals the spotlight, even if his appearance is a brief one: Stan Lee. The legendary comic-book writer has had a cameo appearance in almost every Marvel movie made since X-Men in 2000.
As co-creator of various beloved superheroes such as Spider-Man and Iron Man, fans are always curious to know which cinematic adaptation of some of his creations is his favorite (for the record, it’s Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man) but also which one isn’t precisely his cup of tea.
CBR had the chance to speak to Stan Lee prior to his last Fan Expo Canada appearance this weekend and asked him about his least favorite Marvel movie portrayal. Let us not forget that Stan Lee has been involved in all Marvel movies, even those that came before the Marvel Cinematic Universe was born. Lee’s answer is not surprising as he agrees with the majority of Marvel fans out there: Julian McMahon’s Doctor Doom in the 2005 Fantastic Four movie wasn’t the best. Lee said:
I was a little disappointed in the very first Fantastic Four, because I didn’t care for how Doctor Doom was portrayed. But other than that, I thought the movie was great. And the actors were terrific. I believe they captured the spirit and the intent of all characters, and I’m delighted with how they all turned out.
Stan Lee added that none of these movies have disappointed him, and that they have all come out better than everybody ever thought they would (and “even the early ones were good”), but maybe he is “just his own biggest fan.”
The first Fantastic Four movie was released in 2005 with a sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, hitting theaters two years after. While both movies received harsh critics, the reboot, directed by Josh Trank and released last year, was an even bigger flop – and did not feature one of Stan Lee’s legendary cameos.
Stan Lee went on to speak about Zendaya’s role in Spider-Man: Homecoming as Mary Jane Watson – a casting choice that has ignited controversy as Mary Jane is traditionally portrayed as a white woman. Lee finds this to be a “great idea” and even wishes he had thought of it. He added “I can’t wait to see that gal, I can’t wait to see that movie, and I think the public will love it.”
Stan Lee is slowing down on his public appearances, with his Fan Expo Canada appearance this weekend being his last at this convention; this year’s New York Comic-Con, from October 6-9, will also be his last.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Untitled Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet-untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.