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What kind of events will the Marvel Day at Sea cruises have this fall? What is Jaden Smith doing dressed as a white-suited Batman in his new music video? When do the next three Marvel Studios movies start filming? Who is Henry Ian Cusick playing in Inhumans? What does John Lithgow have to say about passing on The Joker in Tim Burton‘s Batman? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Stan Lee Doctor Strange cameo

Lately, filmmaker James Gunn has been using his social media accounts to share behind-the-scenes photos from the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with fans and to give us a fun look into some little pieces of trivia that didn’t make the cut in his movie. But now that fandom’s collective attention has shifted away from the Guardians sequel, Gunn has revealed another amusing glimpse into the inner workings of the Marvel Cinematic Universe by explaining some alternate cameo options he shot involving Marvel legend Stan Lee for Doctor Strange.
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Groot Bread

Who will be the villain in the fourth season of The Flash? Would Wonder Woman beat Superman in a fight? How many dumb things did CinemaSins find “wrong” with Logan? Which other villain is debuting in next week’s season finale of Gotham? Want to see James Gunn dancing as a frame of reference for Baby Groot? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

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 »

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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 »