The Stan Lee Cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Was Only the Beginning


There’s a moment in every Marvel comics movie where all the husbands/boyfriends in the audience whisper to their companions, “That’s Stan Lee!” (The companions know it is Stan Lee, but endure this anyway.)

Even the smash hit Guardians of the Galaxy boasts a quick appearance by Lee, in this case on the arm of a woman many years younger than him.

Quite possibly he’s wondering what we did: “Why is Stan Lee in this movie based on characters Stan Lee had nothing to do with creating?”

With that, the possibilities became clear to us: What if Stan Lee cameoed in every movie ever? The 91 year-old universe creator has already had cameo appearances in something like 18 movies, why not just cameo in all the movies?

Movies Stan Lee Should Have Cameod In:

The Dark Knight Rises: Euro-cafe waiter Lee pours retired Bruce Wayne some champagne and shrugs, “Would it kill you to smile once in a while?”

Lucy: As ScarJo kicks ass in a Taiwan hospital, patient Lee apologizes for Marvel not having got its shit together to make a Black Widow picture instead.

To the Wonder: In a corn field the camera spins around Stan Lee, who is reading an old West Coast Avengers with Wonder Man on the cover.

Gravity: Stan Lee floats by, saying something about cosmic rays not giving powers after all, but his strangled last words are lost in the vacuum of space.

Midnight in Paris: Gertrude Stein tells Stan Lee that it’s annoying to put exclamation points after every line of dialogue.

Frozen: Stan Lee squints at Elsa pulling on her gloves and tries to remember whether Rogue was one of his.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Actually, he’s probably in there some place. Who the hell could tell?

The Wolf of Wall Street: Jordan Belfort assures Stan Lee that Stratton Oakmont lawyers will take care of the estate of Jack Kirby.

Honorable Mention:

Under the Skin: Lured back to ScarJo’s lair, nude septugenarian Lee gives new meaning to ‘Face front, true believer!'”

Original Stan Lee photo by Edward Liu