In a Marvel film, you can always count on a few things. It’s going to be entertaining as hell, and there will no doubt be a Stan Lee cameo. Considered the godfather of Marvel (and comic books in general), Stan Lee is responsible for giving us most of the characters we hold dear to our hearts. Although the 94-year-old has since retired from his position at Marvel, he almost always has made cameos in the films based on his properties.
The time honoured tradition of debating the outcome of a fight between two superheroes is as old as the medium itself. Undoubtedly right now somewhere someone is in the middle of a debate over who wins between two of our four colour champions and it is really all part of the fun of loving comicbooks (unless it is online, there it seems to be a vile spittle filled all-caps-apalooza that eventually degrades into personal insults. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ) These Days if you casually glance at the comment section on the latest capes-and-tights movie trailer you’ll be washed over with a flood of bile and vitriol filled statements that are based more on brand loyalty and tribe mentality than anything actually related to the work itself.
Anyyyyyway. Will these duels ever have a definite and finite answer? Probably not, but if anyone can settle one of these conflicts and put the matter to rest it is Stan Lee. This past weekend at the ‘The Men, The Myths, The Legends‘ panel at this years Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) Hostess Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) asked for Stan’s insight on the eventual outcome of an all out mano-a-mano, drag-out, winner takes all, fist fest between Marvel’s star spangled man, Captain America, and DC Comics Dark Knight, Batman. And yes, he gave the perfect answer (via Heroic Hollywood.) (more…)
He’s played a security guard, Hugh Hefner, a general, a bus passenger, a strip club DJ, a librarian, a mailman, a truck driver, a Fed EX delivery driver, another security guard, a beauty contest judge, a Doubting Thomas, a bartender, a patient in a mental hospital, an honoured police officer, Larry King, a guy who drank the wrong soda, a stranger on a train, and a World War II vet (among other). Stan Lee has had a wide variety of cameos in Marvel movies and TV shows, so would it be so surprising if he were to appear in Avengers: Infinity War? (more…)
Given today’s precarious job market it may be quite incomprehensible for young people to think that they could be at one company for three-quarters of a century. It’s not impossible, you just would have had to be hired in 1941. Like Stan Lee. Lee is well-known for creating the entire Marvel Universe as we know it in the 1960s, but his career at Marvel – and it’s various previous identities – goes all the way back to the 1940s. The Walt Disney Company took time out recently to remember that, and remember the long career of the man that made the company they now proudly own. (more…)
Stan Lee has often said that the reason Marvel movies do so well at the Box Office is because of his famous cameos – stating that audiences will see a movie twice just so that can spot the “All Father” of comics inserted in the picture. Well, when it comes to the upcoming Doctor Strange movie, it appears Marvel may only get single viewings out of fans. Cats out of the bag. Stan Lee’s cameo in Doctor Strange has been revealed. (more…)
Stan Lee is pretty much a literal deity nowadays. Having created many of our favorite comic book characters he’s already a national treasure. Given that now many of his superheroes are now on the big screen en-masse, it’s is a certainty that he will have a cameo in any film based on his characters. That’s not limited to Marvel Studios films as he has also cameos in Deadpool, The Spider-Man films, the original Fantastic Four films, as well as the X-Men films. It’s almost a certainty that he will show up in a film based on Marvel characters. However, the elephant in the room is that he’s not getting any younger. The 93-year-old is finally trying to slow down in his later years as he’s stopped traveling for many conventions and is trying to take it easy. With so many upcoming Marvel films, is he going to be making his cameos anymore?
A lot of Spider-Man movies have been released in the past fifteen years. Andrew Garfield’s incarnation of the web-slinger launched just four years after Tobey Maguire hung up the cobwebbed cowl. Instead of finishing The Amazing Spider-Man series, the iconic character has instead swung into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with yet another reboot now due for 2017. While it’s easy to see why some fans would be reluctant to get excited about another retelling of the same story so soon, a lot of the criticism already levelled at Spiderman: Homecoming has nothing to do with the potential lack of originality. (more…)
For something that seemed like it might be a sad occasion, it was actually kind of uproarious. What was billed as Stan Lee’s final Canadian con appearance Sunday morning at Fan Expo Canada was a treat to witness as the Godfather of Marvel Comics shared stories, laughs and memories with a packed house of 4,000 of his closest Canadian fans. If this was a going away party, it was one of the best you could have go to. (more…)