Today is the first day of the first Tree-City Comic Con in Boise, Idaho. To honor their maiden voyage, Blogs From Geekdom has put together a review of the man that has had one of the biggest influences on the comic book world…Stan Lee.
Stan “The Man” Lee keeps popping up in Marvel movies! Sometimes he speaks, but usually if you blink you’d miss him. We’re going to help you out with a little Where’s Stan?…
Stan Lee is the infamous creator (or co-creator) of almost ALL of the Marvel characters we’ve come to love in the comics and on the big screen. His contributions to the comic book world include The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk and The Amazing Spiderman. While he has not always been the one created the characters, he is man that developed many of the storylines throughout the 60s that made the characters who they are today. Due to his popularity among comic enthusiasts and close connection to the Marvel world, lately he has been appearing as a cameo in every Marvel movie. Typically his cameo is a tongue-in-cheek joke, sometimes only funny because it’s him!
Lee has been involved with the Marvel characters on-screen versions since the early 80s when he served as narrator for both The Incredible Hulk series and the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends series. His first physical appearance in a Marvel production was not until 1989 when he played the jury foreman in The Trial of the Incredible Hulk. For this post, we’re going to stick with his theatrical Marvel appearances:
- X-Men (2000)
Hot Dog vendor on the beach watching a mutant come up from the water
- Spider-Man (2002)
A random man at a street fair during a Green Goblin attack. He helps a protect a little girl.
- Daredevil (2003)
Reading a newspaper, he’s about to step into the street when a blind boy stops him.
- Hulk (2003)
He’s a security guard exiting a building with his partner (played by Lou Ferigno).
- Spider-Man 2 (2004)
As Doctor Octopus knocks debris to the street, Stan pulls a woman out of the way.
- Fantastic Four (2005)
He shows up as Willie Lumpkin, the mail man delivering mail to Dr. Richards.
- X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
He’s a man watering his lawn when the water from the hose mysteriously goes upward.
- Spider-Man 3 (2007)
He meets Peter Parker in Times Square and tells him, “One person can make a difference.”
- Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
A wedding host rejects him from the big wedding, not believing that he is Stan Lee.
- Iron Man (2008)
Tony Stark mistakes him for Hugh Heffner.
- The Incredible Hulk (2008)
He’s a Milwaukie man who drinks a drop of Bruce Banner’s blood in a soda.
- Iron Man 2 (2010)
Tony Stark mistakes him for Larry King.
- Thor (2011)
He wrecks his truck trying to pull Thor’s hammer from the ground.
- Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
He’s a U.S. Army General at an award presentation commenting about the man he mistakenly thinks is Captain America.
- The Avengers (2012)
He appears briefly in a news interview, skeptical about aliens in New York.
- The Amazing Spider-Man (2013)
He is a librarian listening to headphones, oblivious to the destruction happening behind him.
- Iron Man 3 (2013)
He is a beauty pageant judge awarding a 10 to contestant.
- Thor: Dark World (2013)
He shows up as mental patient in a clinic.
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Lee is working as a Smithsonian guard when things come up missing.
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
He is a guest attending Peter Parker’s graduation.
- Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
He plays a Xandarian ladies man.
With more Marvel movies to come, we can expect to see even more of Stan Lee in the future!
What is YOUR favorite Stan Lee cameo?