It’s been over a year since Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee left this world for that great multiverse in the sky. Even though we won’t see him popping up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe anymore, Marvel Studios isn’t done celebrating the man responsible for creating and co-creating some of the most popular characters in the ever-expanding roster of comic book movies.
Disney has announced a new television special called Celebrating Marvel’s Stan Lee coming later this month that will pay tribute to the life and career of Stan Lee. Featuring archival interviews and rare, never-before-seen footage of Stan Lee over the years, as well as stars of Marvel Studios movies and TV shows sharing their memories of the man himself, the special will take fans on “an action-packed journey throughout the life of Lee and across the Marvel Universe.” Find out more below. Read More »
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There aren’t many companies that make high-end, detailed action figures on the same level as quality as Hot Toys. The people behind these figures painstakingly recreate the most meticulous details of characters from Star Wars, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and various other blockbuster franchises, and they give them incredibly lifelike head and face sculpts too. Now the Marvel Comics legend who created many characters turned into Hot Toys figures, is getting (another) one of his own.
The new Hot Toys Stan Lee figure brings the late legend to life in the form of a 1/6 scale figure modeled after his cameo appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. It’s kind of the perfect meta version of Stan Lee to bring to life as what might be one of the last collectible tributes to the man himself. Check out photos of the new Hot Toys Stan Lee figure below. Read More »
The re-release of Avengers: Endgame hit theaters over the weekend to give Marvel Studios one last boost to possibly surpass Avatar on the all-time box office chart. But some box office analysts will tell you that the re-release was about boosting interest in Spider-Man: Far From Home while taking some wind out of the sails of Annabelle: Creation as we head into this week’s holiday box office. No matter the reason, we’ve seen the Avengers Endgame re-release extra footage, and some of you out there are probably wondering about it. So let’s break it down. Read More »
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Avengers: Endgame brings about the end of an era for the Marvel Cinematic Universe that started with Iron Man in 2008. But Stan Lee‘s passing in 2018 brought the end of an era that began all the way back in 1961. But fittingly, both eras are wrapped up in one final cameo from the comic book titan in Avengers: Endgame. The 22nd film in the MCU was the site of Stan Lee’s final cameo, directors Anthony and Joe Russo confirmed, putting to bed rumors that he had shot footage for this summer’s upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home. With the release of the record-shattering film, Russo brothers explained what went into the Stan Lee Avengers Endgame cameo, and why it played out like it did.
Spoilers for Avengers: Endgame below.
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A few weeks back, I sat down with the Joe and Anthony Russo, the brother filmmaker team behind Captain America: Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and the upcoming conclusion to the Infinity Saga, Avengers: Endgame. Unlike the usual Hollywood junket, we were not shown the movie. And the directing duo would not entertain any questions about plot, so this interview is completely spoiler-free.
In my conversation with the Russo Brothers, we discuss Stan Lee‘s final MCU cameo, the movies they watched before making Endgame, the change of tone and point of view, Captain Marvel’s changing look, the challenge to create lasting stakes and impact, the tightrope walk of being honest with the press when it comes to spoilers, and the unprecedented marketing campaign for this film, which somehow avoids revealing any of the major action scenes.
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