Logan tells an altogether darker story than fans are used to from the X-Men series - or superhero cinema as a whole - so not too surprisingly Hugh Jackman's final Wolverine film is lacking many conventional superhero movie tropes. Most discussed has been the absence of a post-credits scene, with director James Mangold feeling there was nothing further to explore, but also missing was that age-old Marvel trait; a Stan Lee cameo.
The Deadpool 2 trailer that plays before the film was expected to achieve two headshots with one bullet; it would allow the cinematic release of the latest Fox superhero film to still tease what's the come (the movie is set for March 2018) and reports on the scene suggested Lee would indeed appear. Oddly, the version that played in theaters was noticeably missing the famed comic book editor - however, a longer, online version corrected that, featuring Deadpool telling an admiring Lee to "zip it".
In response his the inclusion in the extended clip, Stan Lee has tweeted a thank you to Ryan Reynolds. You can read his very tongue-in-cheek response below.
— stan lee (@TheRealStanLee) March 4, 2017
Lee's cameos are a bona fide Marvel tradition. He was already a recognizable face among fans after a prolific run as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, but having appeared in over 25 theatrical releases is now known to general audiences too. His first big screen appearance was actually in the original X-Men, although he's since become best associated with the Marvel Cinematic Universe; the nonagenarian sat out several of the mutants later adventures, including both of the previous Wolverine films.
As a result, him not being in Logan wasn't the most shocking development; there wasn't quite the same precedent as there is with the MCU and as the movie is an overall sober affair it may have hurt its tone to have such a well-known in-joke. That said, it's not quite clear why he wasn't included in the Deadpool teaser shown in cinemas. That would have been a nice recompense for the lack of a Logan appearance and it's definitely one of the clip's best gags. Perhaps it was simply so isolated it was the easiest thing to cut. Whatever the case, Stan the Man is clearly pleased by the inclusion.
Lee has many more cameos to come. James Gunn talked back in October 2016 about how he shot three bits with Lee - based on his comments it would seem for Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming - and a fourth was done by another director - presumably Taika Waititi for Thor: Ragnarok - meaning there are three more doses of Stan goodness still to come in 2017.
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- Logan (2017) release date: Mar 03, 2017
- Deadpool 2 (2018) release date: May 18, 2018