The late and legendary Stan Lee, who passed away this morning at the age of 95, left behind an outsized legacy worthy of his accomplishments as a writer and mythmaker. One position that he always prided himself as well was Marvel’s unofficial mascot, a position that never illustrated itself better than his incredibly fun work making cameos for various Marvel properties — especially the movies.
One eager fan rounded up all of Stan Lee’s cameos — ending at Thor: Ragnarok, and put them together in one video. Many have posited that Stan Lee’s role in the Marvel movies was that of The Watcher, the figure co-created by Lee and Kirby that sees each and every tawdry going on in the Marvel Universe and gazes at them furiously. Maybe, but just for fun, let’s count what Stan Lee’s cameos actually were.
X-Men (2000): Hot Dog Vendor who is terrified by the emergence of Senator Kelly from the ocean
Spider-Man (2002): Stan Lee is seen escaping an attack by the Green Goblin
Daredevil (2003): Stan Lee is seen reading a newspaper at a crosswalk next to the young Daredevil
Hulk (2003): Stan Lee, co-cameoing with Lou Ferregno, are seen walking as security guards
Spider-Man 2 (2004): Stan Lee dodges debris during another fight scene
Fantastic Four (2004): Stan Lee plays a mailman, Willie Lumpkin the mailman to be precise! A character from the comics!
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006): Stan Lee plays a man watering plants only to have Magneto mess with the host. Tragedy.
Spider-Man 3 (2007): Stan Lee turns to Spider-Man and says “Wow, I guess on person really can make a difference.
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007): Stan Lee? Allowed into Sue and Reed’s wedding? I don’t think so.
Iron Man (2008): Stan Lee plays Hugh Hefner at one of Tony Stark’s parties.
The Incredible Hulk (2008): Stan Lee accidentally drinks some damn radiated soda from his fridge!
Iron Man 2 (2010): Stan Lee plays Larry King at one of Tony Stark’s parties.
Thor (2011): Stan Lee plays a man with a truck who tries to pull the hammer Mjolnir from the ground where it fell.
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011): Stan Lee plays a general in what is, chronologically speaking, the earliest known appearance of Stan Lee seeing as it’s in the 1940’s.
The Avengers (2012): Stan Lee is seen at the end in a news broadcast saying he doesn’t believe in the existence of superheroes. Oh Stan…
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012): Stan Lee plays a librarian who cannot hear the Spider-Man fight over his loud as hell headphones.
Iron Man 3 (2013): Stan Lee plays an overly excitable horny pageant judge.
Thor: The Dark World (2013): Stan Lee can be seen in a mental ward, again disbelieving superheroes.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014): Stan Lee is a security guard who witnesses The Winter Soldier steal the Captain America uniform. Hmm hmm hmm.
Big Hero 6 (2014): As this movie is based on a very obscure Marvel comic, Stan Lee plays Fred’s very fancy dad.
Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014): Stan Lee sits in the benches at a graduation and sees something– probably good?
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014): Stan Lee plays a big old ladies man that Rocket Raccoon gently makes fun of.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015): Stan Lee is carted away from a table after drinking too much Asgardian mead.
Ant-Man (2015): Stan Lee plays a bartender in one of Michael Peña’s long winded stories.
Deadpool (2016): Stan Lee plays a strip club DJ.
Captain America: Civil War (2016): Stan Lee plays a Fed Ex worker who called Iron Man Tony Stank, which personally, I think is rude.
Dr. Strange (2016): Stan Lee is seen reading Aldous Huxley’s ‘The Doors of Perception’ on a bus as Dr. Strange does battle in the distance.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017): Stan Lee can be seen recounting his cameo in Fantastic Four to the Watchers who are medium impressed. James Gunn alluded to Stan Lee indeed being the watcher in this cameo.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017): Stan Lee can be seen as a man in a neighborhood Spider-Man is patrolling who yells at Spider-Man, as is Stan Lee’s way.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017): Stan Lee plays an intergalactic barber who laughs evilly and cuts Thor’s flowing locks.
Black Panther (2018): Stan Lee steals Black Panther’s winnings at the roulette table.
Avengers: Infinity War (2018): Stan Lee plays Spider-Man’s bus driver who is not impressed with the flying spaceship.
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018): Stan Lee’s car gets shrunk by the Wasp and says “Well the ’60s were fun, but now I’m paying for it”.
And lest you think he was exclusively a Marvel man… here is Stan Lee’s cameo from “Teen Titans Go to the Movies”!
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