‘The Avengers’: Stan Lee’s ‘Funny’ Cameos, Clark Gregg Says Film ‘Delivers’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 25th, 2013 at 9:13 am,

Joss Whedon’s The Avengers is a “first” for Marvel movies in more than one way.  For example, it’s the first major motion picture to feature so many significant superheroes. It’s also Marvel’s longest film, clocking in at two hours and fifteen minutes.

But that doesn’t mean it won’t include all the hallmarks of the previous Marvel superhero films, like the obligatory Stan Lee cameo and another (scene stealing?) turn by Clark Gregg as fan-favorite Agent Coulson of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Recently, Stan Lee discussed his forthcoming cameos in The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Iron Man 3, while Clark Gregg talked about his reaction to seeing The Avengers for the very first time.

Here’s Stan Lee talking about his upcoming cameos, courtesy  of Collider:

“’The Avengers’ cameo that you will see, when that movie opens up, is possibly one of my best. And you know how good mine have been, but [‘The Avengers] cameo] is so funny. I can’t tell you what it is because they’d kill me, but it’s funny. So is the ‘[Amazing] Spider-Man’ one, by the way. They’re deciding to make my cameos a little funnier. They know that’s what brings the audiences in, of course, so they’ve gotta play them up.”

In regards to a cameo in Iron Man 3, Lee said:

“I haven’t done that cameo yet. It’s almost scary because they just give me a date. They’ll say, ‘Stan, come over next Thursday for your cameo,’ but they don’t tell me what it is. So, I show up and they say, ‘Go to wardrobe.’ In wardrobe, they say, ‘We want to get you a white shirt and a green sweater and a black zippered jacket,’ and I’ll say, ‘Don’t bother, I’m wearing one.’ And then, they say, ‘But, you can’t wear yours!,’ and they look around and get me the exact same thing, but I’m not allowed to wear my own. And I still don’t know what my role will be. I go on the set and one minute before we’re gonna shoot, the director says, ‘Okay, Stan, this is what I want you to do.’ So, I don’t know what is expected of me, until I get there, but of course, I do it magnificently.”

Honestly – and I’m probably in the minority here – but I’ve gotten to the point where I find these Stan Lee cameos to be more trouble than they’re worth. Sure, it was vaguely funny at first, but now every time he shows up, I’m just ripped straight out of the film. How many ways can one man make a cameo in these superhero films?

Obviously, the cameos aren’t intrusive or annoying enough to irrevocably alter the quality of the films, but the point still stands.

Clark Gregg and Thor in The Avengers The Avengers: Stan Lees Funny Cameos, Clark Gregg Says Film Delivers

Meanwhile, actor Clark Gregg – who has co-starred in Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, and the upcoming Ultimate Spider-Man TV – has seen The Avengers. He shared his impressions of the film with Collider, saying:

“I’m very excited for people to see this movie. I think the fans, like me, will be as excited as I was, when I saw it. From the minute I read Joss Whedon’s script, I thought, ‘Oh, man, this is going to be fun to do!’ The hardest thing to get right is to figure out how to bring all those characters together, and to fulfill the promise of The Avengers. They really set a very high bar for themselves because you’ve been setting this coalition up, for these five movies, and they better deliver. And in my opinion, they thoroughly deliver.”

It goes without saying that Gregg is a paid representative of Marvel and The Avengers, so the film could be terrible and he’s still not likely to badmouth it. Having said that, it’s worth noting how obviously enthusiastic the guy is with regard to the material. This man seems to genuinely care about these properties, about his role as Agent Coulson, and about the effect all of it has had on the fans — both children and adults alike — and his career.

What’re your thoughts on Stan Lee’s cameos, Screen Ranters? About Clark Gregg’s impressions of The Avengers? Let us know in the comments.

The Avengers hits theaters May 4th, 2012.


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  1. Stan Lee’s a legend and still doesn’t quite get enough credit for all that he’s done for the comic book business IMO. He can have as many cameos as he wants to do IMO.

    And he made a perfect Willie Lumpkin anyway!

    • I completely and whole-heartedly agree. We wouldn’t be watching these movies without him.

  2. Ben, you are bringing a new dimension to this now and I hope that’s not really where your grouse is. Please note that Spiderman- arguably Marvel’s greatest character- was not created by Kirby but by Stan and Ditko. Characters were usually created by Stan and somebody else. Not undermining Kirby’s genius- which is unquestionable-this issue should have no import on movie cameos and I trust it had little on your comment either ;). Let’s just call the cameos Marvel’s signature to their movies if you like.

    • I’m not sure which comment you’re responding to, but with the exception of Spider-Man, Jack Kirby co-created almost all of Marvel’s greatest characters. Keep in mind, this was at a time when Marvel comics were drawn before any dialogue was added. So Jack Kirby would craft the comic book and then Stan Lee would add the dialogue via speech bubbles. This isn’t to take away from what Stan Lee did — the man deserves everything he has gotten. I just wanted to make it clear that Kirby did more than just draw, he also contributed greatly to the story and the language of comic book art.

      Now, this may have started out as a conversation about cameos, but you were the one who brought up giving the authors their due. I believe you referred to not giving the authors their due as “playa-hatin’.”

  3. When the movie starts I immediatly start looking for Stan to show up. Its part of the fun.

    • They should have him wearing a Waldo costume :)

  4. A Stan Lee cameo is like adding cow bell to a song.

    We need more COW BELL!!!!!

  5. Stan lee cameos rock!!

  6. This shouldn’t be a big deal Stan Lee deserves his cameos for his contribution to comics and I enjoy them. “Excelsior!”

  7. X Men 2, to this day, is still the best Marvel movie. Why? No Stan Lee cameo. 

    Avengers is shaping up to be the best Marvel character based film yet. But unfortunately, Stanley will spoil it by mugging a scene with that photogenic face of his. Gross. 

    Hasn’t he had his fill by now? Staining most every Marvel movie with his tired and PREDICTABLE cameos. 

    I’ve talked to so many fans who tell me that every time Stanley Lee makes his “scheduled” cameo it ruins the pace of the movie and TAKES THE AUDIENCE OUTSIDE THE VERISIMILITUDE of the film. Obviously, Stanley has more of an ego than Tony Stark and every other single member of the Avengers combined. 

    We can at least be grateful that George Lucas, Peter Jackson and JRR Tolkien, Gene Roddenberry and Ian Flemming ( who could have made cameos in the first 3 Bond films )and many other visionaries did not taint the very creations that were meant to be enjoyed, without being sucked out of that world by the author coming out and reminding us over and over again who created that world. Like being hit over the head with an ugly stick, this is what Stanley Lee does. It would seem his ego is more important to him than anything else. 

    There are two words Stanley has complete disrespect for: JACK KIRBY !

    • A 30 second cameo being able to ruin an entire movie? yup, that makes a lot of sense ;) (Sarc-mark)

    • George lucas and many members of his family appeared in Star Wars Episode 3 :)

      • That’s right. But NONE of those slight appearances were OVERT as Stan the old man Lee’s pathetic cameos.
        When George Lucas appeared in ROTS he was in the guise of a CHARACTER, not himself. Also it lasted no more than three seconds. He didn’t whore his big face on the screen as Senior Lee does. Lucas uttered no “self serving” lines as does Excelsior Lee does. As for Lucas’ daughters, who knew?? In fact, only a fraction of die hard Star Wars fans knew of his Cameo.
        It cannot be compared to Stan Lee’s regularly scheduled, self serving “Mug Shots.” He’s now become more known for his annoying, whorish acting bit cameos than the characters he developed.
        What a detraction you are, Stanley.

        Don’t ever forget that if it wasn’t for Jack Kirby, you’d be at the old folk’s home collecting you Social Security.

        • what is with all the hate? whorish? really? how about how lucas has slapped every SW fan in the face with all his messing up his own franchise? how are Stan Lee’s cameos “self-serving”? he doesnt show up and say “hey, remember that i am the face of marvel” or something to that affect. he is a character however brief. if you can’t stand him and his brief appearances, that is your business, but all this insulting and such is a bit much. if it weren’t for him, we wouldn’t even have these characters on screen, or in the comic books. go start your own magazine and get your stuff made into movies and don’t appear in them.

          • ” Stan Lee’s cameos “self-serving”? he doesnt show up and say “hey, remember that i am the face of marvel”

            Oh, yes he does! lol

            Jack Kirby along with Ditko, Simon and with Stanley and others are responsible for what Marvel is to this day ESPECIALLY Jack Kirby.

            Stanley is a snake’s oil salesman who only wishes to claim all the credit himself, rewriting history. You’ve taken the bait.

            Brush up on your comic art history.

            Stan has always been a notorious egomaniac. He talks a lot. Re read his quote in the above article.

            Send me a link to an interview or a video from the past ten years where he mentions Jack Kirby. I won’t hold my breath.

            • i’ve taken the bait? you claim to know a whole lot of everything, and yet you continue to go see these movies…movies that stan lee has produced, and therefore makes money from…YOUR money! as far as jack kirby is concerned, he should have hired a lawyer way back when before signing any contract and maybe he would have had more credit/control/whatever you think he should be entitled to. be that as it may, lee turned that business into a pretty profitable one, and i’m sure everyone made money. no one was forced to work at marvel. they could have left, and created all new characters and made tons of money for themselves and gave the finger to lee, but they chose to continue to work there, and unless you were also employed there and have inside knowledge of meetings and deals and so on, you cant say for certain that he did anything shady. it’s always easy to point the finger at someone who is successful and say “well, he must be a crook”, cause it basically amounts to jealousy. but feel free to keep hating.

    • Dude.. Martin Scorsese is A Great Director.. He did Cameos.. It didn’t ruin films..

      And that’s Y they are cameos.. They Don’t Matter..!!

      Stop the nonsense..!!

    • Peter Jackson had made cameos in two maybe three of the LOTR movies. 1 outside the prancing pony. 2 don’t think he made and appearance. 3. extended cut, he gets shot with an arrow. just sayin.

  8. For some of the Marvel movies, Stan’s cameo has been the high point.

    • Someone owns Marvel Chronicle

  9. What is the big deal, really? So he gets 30 seconds to be in the movies, the dude is a legend. It’d be a different story if he were trying to land a substantial part in every movie, but drinking gamma-soda and being a hugh heffner rip-off don’t exactly fall into the annoying category imo. At least not enough to mention.

  10. Stan has some great cameos, like Thor or Fantastic Four, but it can be too much sometimes. I’m lookin at you, Spider-man 3.

  11. I’m not going to comment except to say: 42 days.

  12. As long as there’s a Marvel film the living legend Stan Lee deserves all the cameos in the world …I salute you Stan !

  13. I love Stan the Man’s cameos. His best cameo was in FF4-2 when they wouldn’t let him into the wedding. That also happened to be (almost) the only good thing in either of the FF4 movies.

    I’ve also enjoyed the Agent Coulson One Shot extras on the Thor and Capt America BluRays.

    • You should read “Marvel’s The Avengers Prelude: Fury’s Big Week” — Coulson’s pretty awesome in there too (not as good as the live action Coulson, but he’s still good)

    • son of coul is awesome!

  14. With all do respect to the great Stan Lee i have to agree that his cameos are getting a bit old. Im not looking forward to his cameos when i go see these movies, they always immediately take me away from the film. Im not saying that they were not enjoyable at one time, but at this point they are getting tiresome for me. I honestly dont think he needs a cameo in The Avengers since he had one in each of those characters movies with the exception of Captain America and IMO I see his cameo hurting the film more than it will help it. Im looking forward to The Avengers being epic not seeing Stan Lee in some rediculous cameo just for the sake of him doing a cameo. I think its just a little over the top having him show up in every single movie.

    • Could not agree with you more. Great comment.

    • “since he had one in each of those characters movies with the exception of Captain America”
      He had a cameo in Captain America… don’t know how you missed it (he was the guy who said “I thought he’d be taller”) — his Cap cameo was the one I disliked the most. Most of his cameos have been good (and funny). I really don’t think they can “take a person way from the film” – it’s only a few seconds for crying out loud.

      • The Captain America cameo was a head-scratcher to me since he had nothing to do with the creation of Cap.

        • I agree.
          And like I said before, since Joe was still alive during Cap’s filming, they should have gotten him to do the cameo (but he was probably unable to travel or do the cameo so… yeah :()

      • I forgot all about his cameo in Captain America, Thanks for the correction. Makes my point that much sweeter!

  15. Another cameo of Stan Lee’s was in animation form in the finale of the 90′s Spider-Man animated series.

  16. Keep the SL cameo’s coming. I think they are great! Ive met the man a few times and Im a big fan.

  17. My only comment, 41 days. 41 days.

    • Stan Lee is Marvel’s icon. Those little cameos he does in the films should be more along the lines of a MINIMUM of 5 mins. each. What makes them think they can’t write him in for more than a few secs. cameo? Those stupid little 10 sec. cameos are an insult to Lee’s creative accomplishments.

  18. Keep em coming!!