Avengers Infinity War

Stan Lee has never shied away from an opportunity to get fans hyped about a Marvel project, whether it was the comics he used to write and edit in his legendary days as the company’s editor in chief or an upcoming movie from Marvel Studios. Now the 94-year-old comics magnate is at it again, teasing fans about a new character who will apparently be introduced in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.
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Stan Lee

Greetings, true believers. There’s yet another Marvel Cinematic Universe film tearing up the box office – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. As with all MCU films, there’s world-building, in-jokes, action, adventure, and of course, the prerequisite Stan Lee cameo. For more than 40 years now, Lee has been the most recognizable public face for Marvel properties, even the ones he had nothing directly to do with. Much like the Marvel post-credit sequence, a cameo from Lee is expected from fans; fans who will inevitably lean over to their theater mates and loudly whisper, “That’s Stan Lee!” when the moment arises. 

Because I’m committed to doing world-changing, issue-driven film writing, I’ve decided to rank every single Stan Lee cameo to date from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For the sake of brevity I’ll only be dealing with the MCU films, and not the wealth of other Marvel-related films and TV projects, all of which Lee appears in one form or another. Excelsior!

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guardians of the galaxy 2 credits

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 flirts with self-parody in the home stretch, offering up five post-credits scenes to keep audiences in their seats. But these scenes aren’t lazy or dashed-off – some are funny little beats that tie up lingering threads from the main storyline, others lay the groundwork for future movies, and a few are are deeply nerdy references that exist to make Marvel aficionados cheer in their seats while their normal friends and family stare at them and wonder what the heck is going on.

And whether you understood exactly what was going on during the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 credits or were among those saying “What the heck?”, we’ve got something for you here. We’ve assembled everything you need to know about these scenes, including quotes from writer/director James Gunn and Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige. Let’s dive in.

Major, major spoilers lie ahead, of course.

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guardians of the galaxy vol. 2 concept art

A few weeks ago, I sat down with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige at the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 press junket, and we discussed a variety of things. We talked about how the Marvel tradition of post-credits scenes started, and how they are developed before, during and sometimes after filming. I also asked him about the lesson he learned working on You’ve Got Mail so many years ago (seriously!) and why he chose Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck to direct Captain Marvel. I also try to make some sense of the current chronology of the current Marvel films. All this and more below!

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Which Guardians of the Galaxy comics should you read before seeing the Marvel Studios sequel? Would Val Kilmer be interested in playing Batman again? Which NASCAR driver will be sporting Wonder Woman on their car in some upcoming races? Will we ever see the extra sex scenes that were cut from Deadpool? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Superman Giant Monster

Is Teen Titans: The Judas Contract any good? Are you young enough that you need Chris Pratt to explain to you what a Walkman is? Should Agent Venom be at the center of Sony’s Venom spin-off? Which of Marvel‘s Netflix series got nominated for a Peabody Award this year? What is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 rated? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Stan Lee cameo in Avengers Infinity War

A Marvel movie, even one that is produced outside of Marvel Studios, just wouldn’t feel complete without a cameo from comic creator Stan Lee. He’s a good luck charm, and his appearance is expected in pretty much every Marvel movie (though he hasn’t actually appeared in all of them). And it turns out, Stan Lee may have recently filmed a cameo for a Marvel Studios project coming much further down the line.

Guardians of the Galaxy star Karen Gillan, who plays Gamora’s troublesome sister Nebula, recently posted a picture to Instagram featuring her standing on a studio backlot with none other than Stan Lee. Furthermore, Karen Gillan just so happens to be wearing her Nebula make-up. Since Avengers: Infinity War is currently shooting in Atlanta (as well as Edinburgh, Scotland), many have assumed that Stan Lee recently shot his Infinity War cameo, but we’re not so sure that’s the case. Read More »

Wonder Woman - Poster

When can you see some new Wonder Woman footage? How did the “Batman hates chocolate ice cream” meme get started? How will Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok be different from the comics? Are there release dates for Gotham City Sirens, The Flash and Man of Steel 2 in place? Can we send Stan Lee some good vibes after canceling a convention appearance due to health concerns? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Secret Logan Trailer

It’s finally time for Logan to hit theaters, starting with sneak preview screenings tonight before playing everywhere tomorrow. Leading up to the release of the movie, there were rumors about a post-credits scene being included. That rumor seemed to be confirmed by an extension of the film’s running time by just a few minutes, and that was after it had already screened for press without and credits scenes present. But we learned that it would be something that played before the movie started instead of during or after the credits.

Now we have exclusively learned what the details of the secret teaser is that will be playing before Logan. If you want to avoid any spoilers for this secret Logan trailer, do not read after the jump. Read More »

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stan lee defenders cameo

You know the drill by now. At some point in every Marvel movie, an elderly gentleman with a familiar face will arrive on screen. Sometimes he’ll literally just walk through the frame. Other times, he’ll be involved in some kind of sight gag. If the filmmakers are feeling really confident, they may even give him a quick line or two, something that can make use of his innate but specific charisma because he’s not a real actor. And then the audience will chuckle (there may be a smattering of applause if it’s opening night) because they recognized Stan Lee. It’s a tradition.

So yeah, of course Netflix’s upcoming The Defenders series will feature a cameo from Marvel’s mighty mustached mascot. And if you’d like to know the specifics and don’t mind the surprise being ruined, you can check that out below.

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