It’s human nature to want to find meaning in everything, to see if we can detect patterns where there may not necessarily be patterns. This is especially true when we’re talking about someone or some people who purposefully plant clues, let’s call them Easter eggs, into their stories for fans familiar with the source material to search out and enjoy. If some small things have big meanings, then why can’t every small thing have a big meaning, even if that meaning should be perfectly obvious.
In the grand tradition of reading too much into stuff, some fans have wondered if there’s a bigger meaning behind Stan Lee‘s constant appearances in the Marvel movies, you know, other than being Marvel Comics most famous writer and editor, and co-creator of their biggest characters. Well Lee confirmed over the weekend that the point to his cameos is that he’s Stan Lee, and he’s not playing The Watcher.
While talking at Alamo City Comic Con, and as reported by Cinema Blend, Lee was asked about the idea that his various cameos through many of the over 30 films produced or co-produced by Marvel Studios, and whether or not his appearances in different times, locations, vocations and planets meant that he was The Watcher. If you’re unawares, The Watcher is an alien character whose solemn duty is to record the events that happens in the Marvel Universe, but not interfere. Pretty important gig, right?
“Well, I will admit I’ve been keeping my eye on all of you,” Lee said jokingly.
“No, I’m afraid I don’t have any super power and I’m not extraterrestrial,” he said seriously. “Though, I’ll admit I’m a wonderful human being, but I’m really just a little more wonderful than most.”
Well so much for that idea, internet! What else have you got? Never mind, let’s talk something we know is real, Lee’s next cameo appearance in a Marvel movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron. And from the sounds of it, this might be one of his best ones yet.
“They never give me a role that I can really sink my teeth into,” Lee said. “But I will tell you, speaking of Avengers #3, I have a cameo in that movie, which is the funniest cameo I have done yet. I cannot tell you what it is or they would shoot me, but you must not miss it, because it give me a chance to show my acting chops.”
I doubt they would shoot Stan Lee under any circumstances. Even if he accidentally conflates Age of Ultron and Avengers 3, which presumably there’s no plans for yet, and thus unfairly teasing fanboys. Alas. If you want to hear from Lee himself on the Watcher conspiracy theory, click play below and fast-forward to the 10 minute mark.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is in theaters everywhere on May 1, 2015.
Source: Comic Book.com