Stan Lee is an icon in the world of movies and comic books and if you’ve never heard of him, you’ve never lived.
Although I’m just one for movies rather than comic books, he was the editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, prior to becoming the publisher and chairman, but it was together with the late, great Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko that they created characters like Doctor Strange, The Hulk, Daredevil, Black Panther, X-Men and the Fantastic Four (even if those films were forgettable), while alongside co-writer Larry Lieber, who recently turned 87, they brought us Thor, Ant-Man and the iconic Iron Man.
In more recent times, he’s made countless cameos in movies including every single one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, right up to this year’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, where his car was accidentally shrunk by Wasp just as he was about to get in, causing him to exclaim, “Well the ’60s were fun, but now I’m paying for it!”
Then there’s X-Men: Apocalypse, where he was poignantly shown with his, now late, with Joan, as they watched the rising nuclear weapons launched by Apocalypse.
In fact, his cameos often became the best thing about some of the films! (especially the above Ant-Man one!)
However, the best cameo must’ve have been in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 where he not only appeared along the way as an astronaut, telling a story to The Watchers about his time as a delivery man in Civil War, and again, in the final post credits scene, where the Watchers leave, bored of his stories, and he shouts that they’re his only ride back to Earth, but also in the end credits music video, Guardians Inferno, which was fantastic.
Although I’ve rather tired of superhero movies of late, you cannot dismiss everything he has brought us in his time.
I also understand he films a stack of cameos in one go, so I don’t know at this point how many are in the can for future movies. No doubt, for the next one – Captain Marvel – there will be a tribute to him at some point, and if not during the film then in the post-credits scenes… yes, I still can’t believe people leave during a Marvel film as every single one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies has them.
Finally, as @RealSamboraFan on Twitter said, “His legacy will live on till the end of time itself. #RipStanLee”
RIP Stan Lee, indeed.
Absolutely devastating news of Stan Lee's passing. His legacy will live on till the end of time itself. #RipStanLee
— RSO FAN Chris (@RealSamboraFan) November 12, 2018
Check out the Guardians Inferno video below:
Reviewer of movies, videogames and music since 1994. Aortic valve operation survivor from the same year. Running DVDfever.co.uk since 2000. Nobel Peace Prize winner 2021.