Given his history of cameos, (Iron Man, Spider-Man, Hulk, X-Men, Daredevil, etc.) it's not exactly shocking that Lee will be getting one in Thor. Here's what the George Washington of Marvel Comics said to MTV about meeting with the film's director, four-time Academy Award nominee, Kenneth Branagh:
"I had lunch with Branagh, [who's] the nicest guy in the world as well as the most talented... months ago, when he was first starting on the movie, he said he would get a cameo for me."
There ya have it. In case you're insane and want to know exactly when Stan Lee will appear in the background of the film selling hot dogs or whatever, he had this to say to those dogged MTV folks when pressed for details:
"I think he has more important things to think of at the moment with the movie — like who he’s casting in it and how he’s going to film it... But I’m sure they’ll have something for me."
Lee, Jack Kirby and Larry Lieber are credited with creating the characters in Thor for Marvel Comics, while Ashley Miller, Mark Protosevich and Zack Stentz wrote the screenplay for the film. Miller and Stentz have written for Fringe and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, while Protosevich penned the scripts for I Am Legend and Cell. Thor will star Natalie Portman (who could forget her quirky and endearing turn in Garden State?), Chris Hemsworth (who played a doomed but valiant George Kirk in the beginning of the most recent Star Trek flick) and Anthony Hopkins (who hasn't needed a past work reference since 1991).
I'm excited to see what a director who's handled Hamlet and Henry V to great critical acclaim can do with a comic-to-film adaptation. Speaking of the Prince of Denmark, if you haven't seen Branagh's version of Hamlet then shame on you. Watch it and you'll never need to see another film reprisal (and it may show what he has to bring to the table of Thor). Henry V, now that I think about it, isn't all that dissimilar from Thor either... Both stories follow mighty warriors, at least...
If you want to hear Lee talk about his cameo first-hand - you're in luck! MTV has shared it with us!
Do you think with his pedigree, Branagh will add depth and dimension to the film? And where do you see Stan Lee fitting into all this?
Thor will roll in on May 20th, 2011.