Let’s see in how many MARVEL MOVIES HAVE YOU SPOTTED STAN LEE.
Seeing him on the screen cheers up every comic book fan to the core. His ever glowing face always manages to bring a smile on the audiences’ faces.
It all started with The Incredible Hulk TV series in 1989. He was seen as one of the jury members in the court when Banner was wrongfully convicted for sexual assault of a young woman.
Then in X-Men (2000), Stan Lee played a hot dog vendor on the beach when Senator Kelly crawls out of the sea as a mutant. This cameo marked the beginning of Stan Lee cameo tradition in the marvel movies.
In Spider-Man (2002), when Spider-Man and Green Goblin are face to face for the first time, we see Stan Lee in the crowd. He saves a young girl from the falling debris. Oh such a hero he is!
In the not so successful Daredevil (2003), Stan Lee was saved from hitting a bus by Matt Murdock while crossing the road in Matt’s flashback.
In Hulk (2003), Stan lee appeared as a security guard. The amazing thing about this scene is that he appears alongside Lou Ferrigno, the Hulk from the original TV series. This was the first speaking role of Stan Lee.
In Spider-Man 2 (2004), Stan Lee saves a woman from falling debris yet again. Seems like he loves saving people in Spider-Man movies.
In Fantastic four (2005), Stan Lee played a postman. Amazing thing here is that the postman he played is an actual character in the comics, Willie Lumpkin. The comic character has a special talent to wiggle his ears and nose. Stan couldn’t do it though.
His next appearance was in X-Men : The Last Stand (2006). In this hilarious scene, when young Jean Grey is displaying her powers to Professor Xavier and Magneto, Stan Lee was perplexed on seeing the water from his hose defying gravity.
In Spider-Man 3 (2007), Stan Lee spoke some wisdom words to Peter Parker. “Y’know, I think one man can make a difference. ‘Nuff said.”
Stan Lee played himself in Fantastic Four : Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007). He was thrown out of Reed and Sue’s wedding for not having an invitation. Well if he was at the wedding as himself, wan’t he shocked on seeing the characters he created in real life? He probably just wanted an autograph.
And begins the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In Iron Man (2008), Tony mistakes Stan Lee for Hugh Hefner when as he walks up the red carpet. They two do look similar, don’t they?
Stan Lee played an integral role in The Incredible Hulk (2008). He played a man who drank some soda mixed with Bruce Banner’s blood. It was due to this that the authorities were able to track down Banner to a bottling plant in Brazil.
In Iron Man 2 (2010), Tony mistakes Stan Lee for someone else again, and this time its Larry King. Do you need contact lenses Tony?
His next cameo was in Thor (2011) where he plays a pick-up driver trying to lift Thor’s hammer with a chain attached to his truck. He ruins his truck in the process and then asks “Did it work?”.
The next is in Captain America : The First Avenger (2011), Stan Lee again plays a comedy role where he is a General. He mistakes someone else for Captain America and remarks “I thought he’d be taller”.
And then the movie that taught us that it was all the same universe, The Avengers (2012). In this awesome cameo appearance, Stan Lee appears in a news report after the devastation of New York and says, “Superheroes in New York? Give me a break.” Of coarse Stan Lee, super heroes are only in comic books right?
My favorite Stan Lee cameo is in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). When Spidey and the Lizard are fighting in the school, we see Stan Lee listening to music and doing his work with no knowledge of what is happening.
The next was Iron Man 3 (2013). Stan Lee was an over enthusiastic beauty pageant judge in the movie showing 10 points to a contestant.
In Thor : The Dark World (2013), Stan Lee played a patient in a mental ward where Selvig is explaining about the convergence. After Selvig is done, he asks if someone has questions to which our man says “Can I have my shoes back?”
Then in Captain America : The Winter Soldier (2014), Stan Lee played a guard again. He was a guard in Smithsonian Institution from where Steve steals his suit from under his nose. “Oh man! I am so fired!” says Stan Lee.
In The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), Stan Lee was one among the crowd when Peter Parker was receiving his graduation degree. He spots Peter removing his mask and says “I think I know that guy”.
In Marvel’s biggest surprise, The Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Stan Lee was a Xandarian ladies’ man. Rocket scans him through his lens and says “What a class-A pervert.”.
Then in the Marvel superheros’ second outing, Avengers : Age of Ultron (2015), Stan Lee played an old time war veteran in the Avengers’ victory party. He had the Asgardian drink which, as Thor points out, “was not meant for mortal men.” Stan Lee refuses to listen to him and drinks it, only to be escorted by people from the party while drunkenly shouting “Excelsior”.
And in the latest Marvel flick, Ant-Man, Stan Lee plays a bartender.
And it is not over yet. In Disney’s Big hero 6 (2015), a superhero film inspired from the marvel comics by the same name, Stan Lee appeared in an animated avatar as Fred’s father. The animated Stan Lee’s voice was given by the real Stan Lee. At first, we see him in a family painting at Fred’s house, then in the post-credit scene, he appears to Fred and says “We have a lot to talk about.”
Besides these, Stan Lee also makes regular appearances in Marvel’s animated seriesUltimate Spider-Man as a sweeper in Peter’s school.
He has also appeared in various Marvel comic books and also has comics where he himself is the main character. Amazing, isn’t he?
Stan “The Man” Lee turned 93 on December 28, 2015. I wish he lives for another 93 years and keeps making such cameos.
So In how many movies did you spot Stan Lee on?