10 unforgettable cameo roles of Stan Lee
At an interview, Stan Lee revealed that Mallrats was one of his favorite movies, though it was not based on Marvel comics. In the film, the famous author plays himself and gives the main character Brodie Bruce (Jason Lee) many advices.
Like X-Men (2000), director Sam Raimi's Spider-Man contributes to the revival of the superhero movies, and paves the way for Stan Lee’ cameo career. In just a few seconds, his character rescues a girl standing next to him from a large brick falling in the first battle between Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) and Green Globin (Willem Dafoe).
Spider-Man 3 (2007):
In the final installment of the Spider-Man series directed by Sam Raimi, Stan Lee does not have to dodge any bricks. He appears next to Peter Parker and says to the young hero: "You know, I guess one person really can make a difference." Not only does the advice change Peter's mindset, but it also reveals the truth that Spider-Man has always been Marvel's most successful character.
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012):
In The Amazing Spider-Man, Stan Lee plays a librarian at the school where Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is studying. He is carefree with his headphones, dancing to the music without knowing the fierce battle right behind him. Spider-Man must rescue the librarian from the table that Lizard (Rhys Ifans) throws at him.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015):
Before Thor: Ragnarok, Stan Lee’s character has encountered with Thor a in Avengers: Age of Ultron. As a World War II veteran invited to the party of the Avengers, Stan Lee demands to try the OdinBooze of Asgard, which is not for ordinary people. Consequently, he needs helps to get back home, muttering "Excelsior". This is also a reference to Stan Lee’s signature in Marvel's monthly journal of the 1960s.
Captain America: Civil War (2016):
After the tragic ending of Captain America: Civil War, when the Avengers disbands, Stan Lee’s role brings some laughter to the viewers. He plays a FedEx delivery officer and mistakenly names Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) as Tony Stank. This is considered a "sweet revenge" by Stan Lee when Ironman used to mistake him for Playboy boss Hugh Hefner in Iron Man (2008) or Larry King in Iron Man 2 (2010).
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016):
Despite not being so special, X-Men: Apocalypse owns Stan Lee’s outstanding cameo, which is widely loved by the audience as he played the role along with his wife is Joan B. Lee. In the movie, En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac) uses the superpower of Professor X (James McAvoy) to launch all nuclear weapons into the atmosphere. Lee's couple watch the scene with a shocked facial expression.
Doctor Strange (2016):
In Doctor Strange, Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) fight Kaecillius (Mads Mikkelsen) in a multi-dimensional space. They collide with the bus door and see Stan Lee reading Aldous Huxley's The Doors of Perception. Interestingly, the book is about the illusion of mescaline, which Strange once experienced during his first encounter with Ancient One (Tilda Swinton).
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017):
While trying to rescue Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Yondu's team (Michael Rooker) and Rocket Racoon (Bradley Cooper) fly across a planet where Stan Lee’s cameo is sitting, chatting with cosmic entities called The Watchers.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017):
After the two films that were considered the weakest works of the MCU, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) was directed by Taika Waititi to be a much more entertaining character in Thor: Ragnarok. Stan Lee’s cameo in the movie has always made audience burst into laughter. He appears on the planet Sakaar with the task of ... cutting off Thor’s iconic long hair. After blabbering on about his power, Thor finally succumbs to Stan Lee's scissors when being tied to a chair.
By: Chris Stewart