If you watch any film that features characters from the home of Marvel, there is a great possibility that you will see the legendary Stan Lee in a signature cameo. Till date, Lee, the creator credited with Spider-Man, Hulk, and the X-Men as well as many more, has been a part of more than 40 Marvel-based films.
Talking to his fellow creator Todd McFarlane at ACE Comic-Con in Glendale, Arizona, Lee had a laugh about his next cameo in Ryan Coogler’s movie Black Panther.
“I’m a little disappointed in my Black Panther cameo,” Lee joked. “I had wanted a great fight scene where I fight the Black Panther to a standstill.”
Although he couldn’t battle T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), as desired, Lee still told fans to watch the movie when it releases on February 16.
“I didn’t get that, but I want you to see the movie anyway,” Lee urged. “Even though it’s not my greatest cameo, you owe it to me to see it.”
Lee made his first Marvel appearance in the TV film The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, back in 1989, and his first movie cameo was in the 2000 movie X-Men. After that, he has been a part of almost every Marvel property, irrespective of it being an MCU movie or Fox’s X-Men franchise or the five Spider-Man films made by Sony.
His latest cameo showed Lee cut Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) hair to ready him for a fight with Hulk in Thor: Ragnarok, and he did a surprise performance in Hulu’s Runaways as a limousine driver. He has played cameos in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter (both on ABC) and even in the animated Big Hero 6 from Disney.
While he was joking with McFarlane at the ACE Comic-Con, Lee further indulged in patting his own back, stating that his cameos are a joy for the crew to shoot.
“[It takes] Just one minute. I’m known as one take Lee. I never repeat a cameo,” joked Lee. “I do it, they keep it, it goes into a museum and people centuries from now will find great pleasure in the artistry of Stan Lee.”
The Black Panther is scheduled to release in just over a month’s time, and the film is expected to have a mega $120 million opening weekend. The Ryan Coogler helmed film stars Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Andy Serkis, Michael B. Jordan, and Lupita Nyong’o. Black Panther is going to be the 18th MCU movie since its inception a decade ago with Iron-Man and is going to be followed by the iconic Avengers: Infinity War.
Black Panther releases on February 16th, and it will be followed by Avengers: Infinity War on May 4th. Other future MCU projects are Ant-Man and the Wasp on July 6, 2018, Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019, Avengers 4 on May 3, 2019, Spider-Man: Homecoming’s sequel on July 5, 2019, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in 2020.