Yesterday, we lost a Titan of Pop Culture. Stan Lee passed away at the age of 95. For someone whose boyish charm kept him forever young, it felt like Lee could live another 30 years. He will be sorely missed by everyone here at RTF.
Not that it matters in the grand scheme of things, but you may be comforted to know that we haven’t seen the last of him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Back in April, CBR.com reported that Lee had filmed cameos for upcoming Marvel movies. Joe Russo said they like to get as many cameos as they can done with him at the same time:
“So, Stan, typically we try to get him out — he doesn’t love to fly — so we try to get him out for his cameos around the same time,” Russo said. “So if we have other movies shooting on the same lot that we’re on, for instance Ant-Man 2 or Avengers 4, we group his cameos together and then move him from one set to the next and kind of get him through his cameos in one day.”
That means he filmed his Infinity War, Ant-Man And The Wasp, and Avengers 4 cameos all in the same day. We’ve seen 2 out of 3 of those (well, our Editor-In-Chief MFR has only seen one of those since he has refused to watch Ant-Man And The Wasp so far). But we still have the one in Avengers 4 to look forward to.
Beyond that – it’s anyone’s guess. I can’t see them eliminating the cameos right away. If they go away at all, I assume we will get weaned off of them first. So going forward, we’ll have things like pictures and TV appearances. They could even recycle some old footage if there are alternate takes or something. Though Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige did hint to Variety that there might be more than that:
“I’m not going to tell you what specifically,” Feige said, “but Stan always appreciated a good surprise.”
Ironically, the last cameo we saw Stan in was a DC movie! He had an animated cameo in Teen Titans GO! To The Movies. You can watch it below.
Feige also commented on Stan’s impact on the world.
“The amazing thing to be thankful for is that Stan got to see it all happen….Stan dominated pop culture. He saw it and was aware and he loved it. I’ve been saying for years that the characters he created will outlive all of us making the movies, and enter the pantheon of myth which he read and was inspired by as a kid.”
Whatever his cameo ends up being in Avengers 4 it will be very bitter sweet. There are already a ton of stakes in the movie. This just adds another layer that we need to be ready for come May.
Rest In Peace, Stan Lee. Excelsior!