8. Guardians of the Galaxy

Lee doesn’t get to fire off any one-liners in the first Guardians of the Galaxy, but his cameo gets a laugh nonetheless. Lee plays a character named “Xandarian Ladies’ Man”, seen hitting on a much younger woman. He’s being watched at a distance by Bradley Cooper’s Rocket, who proclaims Lee to be a “Class-A creeper.” Guardians director James Gunn actually originally had a completely different Lee cameo in mind, as he revealed back in 2014:

In the original cut of the film, when the Guardians enter the Collector’s museum, Rocket looks over and sees Cosmo the dog in one display case, Quill looks over into another display case and is surprised by a tentacle slapping against the glass, and Groot looks over and sees, in another display case, Stan Lee. In one take, Stan Lee just slowly turns up his finger, flipping off Groot…Although I thought the cameo was funny, I thought the flipping off joke was too similar to the moment earlier in the film where Quill flips off the Nova Corps, so I excised that part of it immediately. A couple of the guys at Marvel thought Stan Lee in a case was too broad of a joke in general, and that it took the audience out of the movie. I argued about it for a bit, but we ended up not keeping it in the film.

Personally speaking, this cameo sounds better than what ended up in the final film. Oh well.

7. Thor

Another short and simple cameo: after Thor (Chris Hemsworth) loses his mighty hammer Mjolnir, and the impossible-to-wield weapon gets stuck somewhere in New Mexico, locals try (and fail) to pull it from the earth, including a man in a flatbed pickup truck who proceeds to do little more than rip the back of the truck off. Can you guess who plays this unlucky gentleman? I’ll give you a hint: he’s the subject of this list.

6. The Incredible Hulk

Remember 2008’s The Incredible Hulk? Louis Leterrier’s attempt to give the big green superhero, as played by Edward Norton, a new lease on life? Probably not, since it’s the only original MCU film to not spawn a sequel, Norton was replaced by Mark Ruffalo, and most people seem more interested in Ang Lee’s less-coherent but more soulful Hulk. Forgotten though The Incredible Hulk may be, it contains a Stan Lee cameo with a lot of potential. 

Here, Lee plays a man who just-so-happens to swig some soda that was accidentally contaminated by Bruce Banner’s Hulk-tainted blood. The scene cuts before we see the effects, but the implication is that after his sip of soda, Lee then transformed into a Hulk-like creature himself. Focusing on that probably would’ve made for a better film overall.

5. Avengers: Age of Ultron

Lee plays yet another military figure in Avengers: Age of Ultron, this time an old veteran who thinks he can handle some of Thor’s Asgardian liquor, not meant for mortal men. Lee thinks he can handle it – cut to later, where his friends are dragging an intoxicated Lee out of the room. The Marvel editor gets to drunkenly utter his famous “Excelsior!” send-off in the process. On top of all this, Lee claims this was his personal favorite MCU cameo.

4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

One of the more laugh-out-loud funny Stan Lee cameos appears in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Lee plays a security guard at the Smithsonian who has the bad luck of being on duty when Cap breaks in to steal one of his old costumes, currently on display. “I am so fired!” Lee’s security guard character groans. It’s a nice moment of levity in one of Marvel’s darker entries.

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