For many years now, the creation of a Marvel movie hasn’t been complete until former Marvel All Father Stan Lee has stepped in and made his cameo appearance. All of Stan’s cameos have been great little nods to the comic community, who without, all these multi-million dollar super hero movies would never exist.
Never being shy to promote himself, Lee as has confirmed his appearance in Marvel’s upcoming tent pole super team extravaganza Avengers: Age of Ultron. He also (jokingly) teased something about Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Popping up like a spry fox (I only wish I’m half as mobile and energetic as Lee is when I’m 90) at London Film and Comic Con this weekend, Lee revealed that he’s already wrapped a small role for Avengers: Age of Ultron. While Lee has enough whits about him to not reveal any specifics about his part, he did tease that Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Captain America (Chris Evans) would be involved. Lee was quoted:
The movies have been great. We have been so lucky. We’ve got the best directors, the best special effects people and wonderful actors. People that had not been big stars before like the fellow who plays Thor — he’s wonderful! I was with him yesterday — I did my cameo of course [for Avengers: Age of Ultron]. And Chris who plays Captain America… He’s excellent.
The Stan Lee cameo is as much a staple of Marvel movies as the post-credits scene. It also happens to be that each of the films Lee has appeared in have gone on to making big office bank. Lee commented on Marvel’s big-screen success:
All it can do is make it better for Marvel if we do these movies and the movies are successful. There are people reading Marvel comic books that would have never thought to read a comic book before. It helps the comic book business. The movie business has been unbelievably incredible. The Marvel movies are about the biggest money-making movies of all.
Lee acknowledged his lucky rabbit status and jokingly said: “DC could probably make a lot more money with Superman and Batman if they announced that I’d have a cameo in it! People wouldn’t believe it — they’d have to go to the theater to see it!”
Ha! Only Lee can get away with having an ego that big and get away with it. Lee will likely never appear in a Warner Bros. Super Hero film. Lee, however, is right… people would be scouring the movie looking for his cameo.
Common DC guys, he can do some serious stunts!
Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters May 1, 2015. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice lands May 6, 2016.