Marvel has made a habit of sneaking little winks and nods to their comic books into Marvel Studios films - references that only the most eagle-eyed of fans will spot. Then there's the requisite Stan Lee cameo; a moment just about everyone in the audience has come to expect, notice, and loudly cheer for.
Sometimes Lee's cameos are very quick - like in Thor when he arrives in the desert with his pick-up truck to try and haul away Mjolnir. Other times his cameos are a little meatier - for instance when Lee stops and talks with Peter Parker in Time Square in Spider-Man 3. Lee also usually has no issue revealing his cameo before the film even releases! Which he did when he shared the details of his appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man prior to its release.
Well, Stan the Man is at it again, and during a recent Twitter Q&A he revealed not only which is his favorite cameo, but that it's actually from Marvel's next film: The Avengers: Age of Ultron. A bit of a cop-out, yes, but also a pretty clever way to tell fans your favorite cameo is one they haven't even seen yet.
Here is Lee's response when asked about his favorite Marvel cameo:
— stan lee (@TheRealStanLee) September 18, 2014
There's no doubt Lee's latest cameo will be funny - after all, that's sort of the point. But is there more meaning to his comment, "worth waiting for"? Obviously, all the phrase likely means is it's a cameo worth waiting to see once Age of Ultron releases, but perhaps he's hinting at his cameo being one of Marvel's credit scenes?
Their more recent films have begun including two scenes in the credits - one during and another after. Typically, one of these scenes will be played for a laughs while the other scene is used to tease what's coming next in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So who knows? Maybe we'll see Lee grab some shawarma with The Avengers once they're done battling Ultron.
Then again, Lee's cameo could change before Age of Ultron even releases. If you'll recall, Lee initially had a different cameo in The Avengers than the scene we saw in the final film. The original cameo was part of a much larger arc for Captain America that was later cut once the film's focus shifted - but Cap and Stan Lee's exchange was eventually shared as a deleted scene. His cameo in this summer's Guardians of the Galaxy had to be changed as well, but in this case due to scheduling hiccups.
We'll all be waiting with bated breath to learn what Lee's latest cameo will be - but in the mean time, which of his current cameos is your favorite? Sound off in the comments below!
The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1, 2015.