Avengers: Age of Ultron is finally releasing this week, kicking off the 2015 summer blockbuster season with a potentially record-setting bang at the box office, and to celebrate one of our favorite times of the year we're giving away a very unique prize. Gillette and Marvel teamed up for a tie-in promotion with the film that involves the most interesting razor designs ever crafted, Avengers-inspired futuristic prototypes.
The spokesperson for this unprecedented partnership between Gillette and Stark Industries is none other than comic book legend Stan Lee, who has a role in Avengers: Age of Ultron himself - his biggest Marvel movie cameo yet! We asked him about that in a brief chat earlier this week where Lee spoke his role as a spokesperson for Gillette and Stark Industries. He confirmed he's already shot another cameo for Ant-Man and speaks to us about what he wants to do next and what he thinks of the new direction for the Spider-Man movies.
Hi Stan. How are you?
Stan Lee: Hi Rob.
Got some fun questions for you!
Stan Lee: I’ll give you some answers.
To start, Gillette and Stark Industries have teamed up to develop some new very special, very unique razors. Can you tell us about that and your role as a spokesperson for this partnership?
Stan Lee: Well, I’m so glad they made me a spokesperson for the Gillette razors, because I’m probably the only one who can pronounce Fusion ProGlide with FlexBall Technology as magnificently as I do. And as you know, the razors all contain that sort of technology. All of our characters—Ironman, Thor, The Hulk, Captain America—they can’t wait to get their hands on these new Gillette razors. But they have to wait because we’re offering a contest right now. I don’t know if you are aware of it, but it’s on the Comics Alliance site. And there are six trivia questions to answer. And the one who answers those six trivia questions the best gets a whole set of these razors with my autograph. They can erase the autograph if they want and have the razors in pristine condition. But they get all the razors, my autograph, and it’s one of the big contests of modern times. That’ll teach you to ask me a question!
[laughs] As you said, there are four prototypes inspired by loveable members of The Avengers. I gotta ask, which character is the right one for you?
Stan Lee: Obviously Ironman, because he’s so good looking, and charming, and intelligent, and glamorous. He’s gotta be me, because I’m the exact opposite
Avengers: Age of Ultron finally opens in theaters this week. You have a rather notable cameo on this one. Would you say this is your biggest cameo yet?
Stan Lee: Well, I’ll tell you why. It’s the first cameo I’ve done that actually has two scenes. First there’s the setup scene and then there’s the scene that syncs it. Of course, each scene is about a half a second long. But if I can get past that it was pretty good.
Next up is Ant-Man. And we know there’s a new Captain America and Doctor Strange coming next year - Lots of Marvel movies on the way!
Stan Lee: They’re never going to stop. I’ve already done my cameo for “Ant-Man” and that’s a pretty good one, too.
I was going to ask...
Stan Lee: I can’t tell you what it is
Are you going to be in Captain America: Civil War as well?
Stan Lee: I better be in it, and actually, I never know, because sometimes they’ll shoot a movie in another part of the world and I’m not able to get there. So I hope they shoot it somewhere around here so I can do a scene.
You and I had the good fortune of meeting a few years ago and at the time, you spoke about these Marvel characters you hoped would one day get their own films. Since then, they have. I’m talking about Strange and Black Panther. And now, Spider-Man, of all, is coming too.
Stan Lee: As a cartoon!
Stan Lee: I think it’s a great idea to do him in animation, because animation has become as popular as live action if it’s the right type of animated movie, like “Big Hero 6”. You must have seen that. it’s the one where I stole the movie.
Yes. I remember. [laughs] And Spider-Man also is joining the live action movies and may be part of The Avengers one day. Did you ever see that coming?
Stan Lee: Oh, absolutely. I did a story years ago where Spider-Man wants to join The Fantastic Four. And he swings into their window and he says, “I’d like to be a member. How much do you pay?” And they said, “Well we don’t get paid for this.” And Spider-Man says, “Well the hell with that” and he swings out again! So he never joined The Fantastic Four.
Actually, there’s a lot of deep philosophy in that, because I think if I were a superhero saving the world, I’d expect at least not to have to pay income taxes. I mean there should be something in it for a hero who risks his life to save mankind every day. Don’t you think?
Yes, I do. Thank you, Stan. You’ve answered all of my questions. We’re very excited to see you in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Stan Lee: Great! Good talking to ya.
Yeah. See you later.
Stan Lee: OK. Bye! Good luck.
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill and Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1 2015, followed by Ant-Man on July 17 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Spider-Man on July 28, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1 on May 4 2018, Black Panther on July 6 2018, Captain Marvel on November 2 2018, Avengers: Infinity War - Part 2 on May 3 2019 and Inhumans on July 12, 2019.