The Marvel Cinematic Universe is really mixing things up as of late. The next several entries in their filmography step away from the traditional superheroics by revisiting the trials of a Norse God (Thor: Ragnarok), exploring the esoteric (Doctor Strange), and further introducing an African King (Black Panther). However, if there are two constants within the MCU, it’s their character-driven approach and the regular appearances of Stan Lee.
Through dozens of films and across numerous studios, the iconic editor and creator – responsible for Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, and Doctor Doom – managed to slip into most of Marvel’s output. Smilin' Stan now looks to add to his impressive micro-role tally in the Marvel film world.
In Toronto for his final appearance at Canada’s Fan Expo, the Marvel guru sat down with local talk show Breakfast Television (via Comic Book). During the interview, the 93-year-old legend discussed his recent stopover in Georgia to film another round of bit parts. Lee confirmed that he’ll have cameos in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Doctor Strange. The prolific creator was also asked if he chose his own roles in each film, which he answered in his own inimitable way:
“Oh no, no, they decide. If I was deciding it would be a half hour role. They only give me a few seconds, and they're afraid I'll overshadow the star. You know how that is.”
His latest role, as an aged FedEx delivery man in Captain America: Civil War brings his overall cameo count to 30 films – or just about every Marvel-based production in recent years. Lee first stepped from behind his writer’s desk and into the cinema as a juror in the 1989 Lou Ferrigno TV movie, Trial of the Incredible Hulk. Over ten years would pass before Stan the Man dropped in again, grabbing a hot dog during the breakout hit X-Men. Between his Marvel moments, Lee even managed to land a speaking role in several properties, including Kevin Smith’s cult classic Mallrats and geeky hit The Big Bang Theory. Across the studio divide, it seems that no proper Marvel property rolls without a pop in from Lee.
As Lee marks his last visit to Fan Expo, due to reducing his travel time and hectic schedule, fans may worry that his film roles will also diminish in future. However, with the three recent MCU spots – as well as his bit parts last year on Agent Carter, in Deadpool, and Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015 – the nonagenarian seems to be keeping up with the MCU's frenetic pace just fine. Hopefully, fans of the comic book VIP will be watching his familiar face light up cinemas worldwide for a long time to come.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017;Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers 4 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet-untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
Source: Comic Book