It’s been revealed that Stan Lee’s intriguing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 cameo was originally going to be a bit different.
It’s just the second month of the year and it felt like Lee has already gone through a lot of things. After being hit by a sexual misconduct scandal last month (which he vehemently denied) the comic book writer suffered a health scare just several days ago after he was rushed to the emergency room due to difficulty in breathing. Fortunately, just a little bit over 24 hours later, he was out of the hospital and already cracking jokes in an interview.
With the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 full script now online, Comicbook.com spotted the difference between Lee’s intended line in the film and what actually got into the final cut of the sequel. Apparently, instead of “Anyway, before I was so rudely interrupted, that time I was a Federal Express agent,” it was originally going to be “Anyway, before I was so rudely interrupted, that time I was a World War II vet -” Longtime fans of the MCU will know the original line is a callback to the creator’s Avengers: Age of Ultron cameo, while the official one is a reference to his Captain America: Civil War gig.
Despite the slight change, Lee’s dialogue still corroborates with fans’ long-running speculation that he is actually a Watcher. In the 10 years that the MCU has existed, plus a decade earlier which when the Fox/Marvel franchise, Sony’s attempts at a Spider-Man series and other Marvel properties being adapted to the big screen, the iconic comic book writer has appeared in more than two dozen films, each with a unique character. This has led people to believe that he is actually the cinematic embodiment of a member of the Watchers – extraterrestrials who are committed to observing and compiling knowledge on all aspects of the universe. Interestingly, the fictional race is also one of Lee’s many Marvel character creations with Jack Kirby.
Lee continues his mandatory Marvel film cameos with six films on the docket including next week’s Black Panther from Marvel Studios. After that, he is expected to pop up in Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2 both in May, Ant-Man And The Wasp in July, Venom in October and X-Men: Dark Phoenix in November. That list, of course, doesn’t include the small screen offerings that he could also pop out in like Netflix’s Jessica Jones.
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