Stan Lee has never been shy about promoting his latest projects. Recently, he sat down with the Dweebcast to talk about Stan Lee’s The Mighty Seven. Not that you shouldn’t check out the new animated show, in which Stan Lee, as himself, is an actual character, but Stan also dropped a cameo bomb on fan boys and girls everywhere.
When asked if Guardians of the Galaxy would have the standard Stan Lee cameo, Stan replied:
No, I’m afraid not, that’s the one group I didn’t create. I didn’t write Guardians of the Galaxy. I’m not even sure who they all are. I can’t wait to see the movie.
Now before you break out the torches and pitchforks, let’s look at some of the other Marvel movies that Stan didn’t have a cameo in.
X-Men: First Class
Stan’s comment about not creating the GOTG characters shouldn’t be the pertinent fact that one focuses on when looking at his cameos. Stan certainly didn’t create Captain America yet he had a cameo in the movie. Come to think of it, didn’t Stan Lee have a hand in creating Groot anyways?
Created by Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, and Dick Ayers, the character first appeared in Tales to Astonish #13 (November 1960).
Yep, right there in the Groot’s wiki page. Of course, Stan could be pulling our legs to ensure a surprise when the cameo hits the screen, or it could be that Stan might be put in post-production with CGI or a simple voice over for an alien. It could still happen and to tell you the truth, I’d rather his cameo streak be broken this way, instead of because of his passing.
What do you think, is this a snub to Stan by director James Gunn, or could he just not fit something in? Should every Marvel movie have a Stan Lee cameo, and does it make a difference to you if there isn’t one?
Skip to the 2:29 mark for the Guardians of the Galaxy part if you’re at work and don’t have much time.