Stan Lee: the Comic Book Master’s Top 20 Comic Book Stuff


Stan Lee: the king of cameos in movies

The world of comics is in mourning: on November 12th, Stan Lee passed away. The least we can say is that at 95 years old, the famous comic book author will have had a very full life, he who revolutionized the world of American comics since 1961 with many creations or co-creations likeSpider-Man, The 4 Fantastic, Thor, Hulk, the Avengers or the X-Men. But not content to have imagined characters who are now back in the pantheon of popular culture, Stan the Man, as he called himself, made numerous appearances in films dedicated to Marvel superheroes. With very few exceptions, such as Elektra or X-Men 2, it can even be said that it was a must to be present in all films and TV series featuring a character from the Marvel publishing house.

While his appearances are usually in the form of a stealthy cameo, some of them have entered the memories. It was therefore imperative to pay tribute to him with a small selection of the twenty most outstanding cinematic “roles” of the master of comic books in cinema.

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X-Men (2000)

Release date : August 16, 2000

Director : Bryan Singer

Casting : Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, James Marsden, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Famke Janssen, Halle Berry

When scene takes place: after being irradiated by a strange machine designed by Magneto, Senator Robert Kelly escapes thanks to his body that has become elastic. He washed up on a beach, naked as a worm. That’s where he meets a hot dog vendor (Stan Lee).

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Daredevil (2003)


Release Date: March 19, 2003

Director: Mark Steven Johnson

Casting: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell, Michael Clarke Duncan, Jon Favreau

When the scenetakes place: after suffering a serious accident that caused him to lose his sight, young Matt Murdock gradually discovers his extraordinary abilities. One day, he perceives a man getting ready to cross the street, disregarding the dangers of the road, because he is too absorbed to consult his daily life. Matt then holds him down with his cane. The man who will become Daredevil just saved Stan Lee.

Hulk (2003)


Release date: July 2, 2003

Director: Ang Lee

Casting: Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte, Sam Elliott, Josh Lucas

When scenetakes place: two officers come out of a building and discuss security. On the left side of the picture, you’ll all recognize Stan Lee. His right-wing partner is none other than Lou Ferrigno, the actor who gave his features to the Hulk in the TV series of the 70s and 80s.

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The Fantastic Four (2005)


Release date: July 20, 2005

Director: Tim Story

Casting: Michael Chiklis, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Ioan Gruffudd, Julian McMahon, Kelly Washington

Scene: Postman Willie Lumpkin (a recurring comic book character) calls Reed Richards and Sue Storm to deliver a package. This is the first time Stan Lee has ever grimaced himself as a “delivery boy” in a film, but he will take over this role on several occasions over the years.

X-Men: the final confrontation (2007)


Release date: May 22, 2006

Director: Brett Ratner

Casting: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin, Ian McKellen, Rebecca Romijn

When scenetakes place: while still very young (the scene unfolds as a flashback), the mutant Jean Grey manifests disturbing powers. Professor Charles Xavier then comes to pick her up to welcome her to his special school. John, still unable to master his powers, uses his telekinesis to move all the objects in his neighbourhood. One of his neighbours, watering his garden, sees his water jet flowing towards the sky. 

Spider-Man 3 (2007)

Release date: May 1, 2007

Director: Sam Raimi

Casting: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Rosemary Harris, J. K. Simmons, Thomas Haden Church

When scenetakes place: watch out, cult scene! Peter Parker wanders the streets of New York City and discovers that his alter ego, Spider-Man, is about to receive the keys to the city. A passer-by calls out to him and explains that one person can make a difference. A catchphrase that will resonate in Peter Parker’s head for quite a while. The sequence in question, which lasts a dozen seconds, is one of Stan Lee’s most famous appearances on the big screen today.

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The Fantastic Four and the Silver Surfer (2007)


Release date: August 8, 2007

Director: Tim Story

Casting: Michael Chiklis, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Ioan Gruffudd, Julian McMahon, Kelly Washington, Doug Jones and Laurence Fishburne

When Scene: Stan Lee here plays himself. The marriage between Reed Richards (Mister Fantastic) and Susan Storm (the Invisible Woman) will take place soon. Guests crowded the entrance, and Stan Lee introduced himself to a security guard. He refuses to believe he is the famous comic book author and prevents him from attending the ceremony.

Iron Man (2008)


Release date: April 30, 2008

Director: Jon Favreau

Casting: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Jon Favreau, Clark Gregg

When scenetakes place: At a party dedicated to him, billionaire inventor Tony Stark taps the shoulder of a man he sees from behind. The man in question is surrounded by two young women: So Tony thinks it’s Hugh Hefner, the boss of Playboy magazine.

The Incredible Hulk (2008)


Release date: July 23, 2008

Director: Louis Leterrier

Casting: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt

When scenetakes place : Bruce Banner, aka the Hulk, is employed at a soft drink company. One day, a few drops of his blood fall into one of the vats used to bottle the drink. Later, thousands of miles away, an elderly man opens his fridge and helps himself to a bottle of the soda in question. After taking a sip, taken with a malaise, he lets out the bottle which crashes on the ground. Did Stan Him turn into a jade giant, too? We don’t know and the mystery will probably never be solved.

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Release date: July 4, 2012

Director: Marc Webb

Casting: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Irfan Khan, Martin Sheen, Sally Field

When scenetakes place: the lizard has invaded the school where young Peter Parker is studying. A battle ensues between the super villain and Peter Parker’s alter ego, Spider-Man. The two individuals destroy a large part of the premises. As for the school librarian (Stan Lee), he remains imperturbable and listens to his music, without realizing that right behind him, a dangerous fight is taking place.

Avengers (2012)

Release date: April 25, 2012

Director: Joss Whedon

Casting: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston

When Scene: Stan Lee appears twice in this movie. The first scene places him next to Steve Rogers (aka Captain America), but the sequence was eventually removed from the edit. The second scene is located at the very end of the film and is well present in the cinema edition of the film. Stan Lee is questioned by a TV channel and seems incredulous about the fight between the Avengers, Loki and the Chitauri: “Superheroes in New York? What do you think I am?”

Thor The Dark World (2013)

Release Date: October 30, 2013

Director: Alan Taylor

Casting: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston

When scenetakes place: Dr. Erik Selvig teaches the laws of the universe and the different worlds to a group of adults. Actually, he’s locked up in a mental hospital. And among the other patients is Stan Lee, who asks Erik for his shoe back.

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The Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)


Release date: August 13, 2014

Director: James Gunn

Casting: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan

When Scene: Rocket Raccoon and Groot land on Xandar, in search of a strange object, the Orb. With the help of a high-tech tablet, Rocket studies all the locals and meets Stan Lee in pleasant company. Then he laughs: “Look at Mr. Smile up there. Where’s your wife, man? Look at that vicious man! I swear! »

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Fate of a Hero (2014)

Release Date: April 30, 2014

Director: Marc Webb

Casting: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan

When Scene: Peter Parker is about to receive his graduation diploma. But as usual, he arrives late due to an altercation with some thugs. He shows up at the last minute in a Spider-Man costume. He changes into fourth gear near a newspaper kiosk, but one of the spectators, played by Stan Lee, sees him: “But I know this boy,” exclaimed the famous comic book author.

Avengers: The Ultron Era (2015)


Release date: April 22, 2015

Director: Joss Whedon

Casting: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle

When scenetook place: The Avengers threw a party to celebrate their latest victory and blow off some steam. Among the guests, a man stands out by telling Thor that he too is able to drink his divine beverage. Two men are forced to give a ride home to a Stan Lee who’s in a state of shock. He leaves the room with his festive expression: “Excelesior! ».

Doctor Strange (2016)

Release Date: October 26, 2016

Director: Scott Derrickson

Casting: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen

When Scene: the champions of the mystical arts, Mordo and Stephen Strange, take on Kaecilius and his henchmen in the middle of New York City. At the bend in the road, they are thrown against the wall of a bus. Inside, a comfortable man is laughing as he reads a book ironically entitled The Doors of Perception. He doesn’t realize anything and the bus goes on its way, as if nothing had happened.

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The Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2 (2017)

Release Date: April 26, 2017

Director: James Gunn

Casting: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, David Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Kurt Russell, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Sylvester Stallone

When Scene: This cameo is probably the most unexpected of all Marvel movies. For years, fans have been questioning the exact role of Stan Lee in MCU’s feature films. Who exactly does he embody, he who systematically takes on a new identity? What if he was in fact the Guardian, a cosmic entity charged with watching over the Earth and its inhabitants, without ever being able to intervene? To answer the fans, James Gunn has therefore imagined a post-generic scene, in which Stan Lee finds himself on a star (the Moon, perhaps?) in the company of other guardians. He’s left there, as if his role is finally obvious.

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Thor Ragnarok (2017)


Release date: November 3, 2017

Director: Taika Waititi

Casting: Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Tessa Thompson, Cate Blanchett, Anthony Hopkins

When scenetakes place: nothing goes right in the world of the gods. Thor’s hammer has been destroyed, and the Thunder God fails on a planet where he is taken prisoner. He is then thrown into an arena and will have to face powerful warriors. The ultimate torture: armed with a panoply of torture instruments, a strange barber (Stan Lee) is about to cut his hair!

Black Panther (2018)


Release date: February 14, 2018

Director: Ryan Coogler

Casting: Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett

When sceneis set: T’Challa, who has just buried his father the king of Wakanda and succeeded him to the throne, is trying to find the dangerous arms dealer Ulysses Klaue. He goes to an underground casino and meets an old acquaintance, CIA Agent Everett K. Ross. T’Challa walks away from the agent, not realizing he’s made a small amount of money. An old man shows up and pretends to take care of the winnings, waiting for the winner to come back. As you may have guessed, the man in question is none other than Stan Lee himself.

Avengers Infinity War (2018)


Release Date: April 25, 2018

Director: Anthony and Joe Russo

Casting: Josh Brolin, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Zoe Saldana

When scenetakes place: Earth is attacked by an alien wave. While Thor and Doctor Strange fight against the Dark Order of Thanors, Peter Parker is on a bus with his classmates, but is alerted to the invasion by his spidey sense. He then discreetly escapes from the bus. Then the bus driver (Stan Lee, as you can imagine) turns around and says “What’s the matter with you, you’ve never seen a spaceship before?”

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