russo brothers

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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Stan Lee Cameo Behind-the-Scenes

Before his death last year, Stan Lee shot cameos for every single movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Avengers: Endgame. Now, to pay tribute to the late comic book icon, Marvel Studios has put together a video that goes behind-the-scenes of every MCU cameo Lee shot. There’s even footage from an unused Avengers cameo. More on the Stan Lee cameo behind-the-scenes video below.

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Dark Phoenix Stan Lee Cameo

Stan Lee has made no less than 37 appearances in movies based on Marvel Comics. But since we lost the legendary creator last year, those cameos are sadly coming to an end. Recently we heard that Avengers: Endgame will feature Stan Lee’s final cameo appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it sounds like it’ll be his last Marvel cameo entirely too.

Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg has confirmed that there isn’t a Stan Lee cameo in the movie, but there is some kind of tribute to the man who helped make Marvel Comics what it is today. Read More »

stan lee avengers endgame cameo

Stan Lee has become such a fixture of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that it’s difficult to imagine a Marvel Studios film without the comic book titan making a winking appearance. But now it seems we’re coming to the end of an era. Avengers: Endgame co-director Joe Russo revealed that Lee’s last onscreen cameo will be in the final film of the Infinity saga.

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Final Stan Lee Cameo

Captain Marvel isn’t just special because it’s the first female-led superhero movie from Marvel Studios. And it’s not just special because the huge box office haul from last weekend is making sad little fanboys cry while holding their blankies. It has a very touching opening tribute to Stan Lee, the legendary Marvel Comics creator who sadly passed away last year. However, the Stan Lee cameo in Captain Marvel won’t be the last time we get to see the comic book icon on the big screen. Read More »

Captain Marvel 90s References

Captain Marvel is the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe set entirely in the 1990s. More specifically, thanks to certain revelations in the movie, both in the plot and background details, the movie takes place in 1995. That makes all those children of the ’90s who now have kids of their own feeling nostalgic for Blockbuster Video, baggy flannel shirts, beepers, throwback radio hits, arcade games, and more. But the nostalgia for the decade is also creating some confusion within the realm of pop culture in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – especially when it comes to certain musical cues and Stan Lee’s clever cameo.

So let’s take a look at some of the more perplexing Captain Marvel 90s references below, but beware of spoilers. Read More »

STan Lee Doctor Strange Cameo

Last fall, we lost Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee when the creator of some of the world’s most famous superheroes passed away at age 95. But that wasn’t the last we’d see of Lee, because he had already shot cameos for some upcoming Marvel Studios productions, including this weekend’s Captain Marvel. However, that film’s scene featuring the comic legend’s cameo changed a little bit once Lee passed away, and it made the scene a little more touching. Find out about the Stan Lee Captain Marvel cameo below. Read More »

Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden directing captain marvel

A few weeks ago, I sat down with directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden to talk about Captain Marvel. In the discussion, we geeked out over the genius of Ben Mendelsohn, the tightrope walk of making a prequel, choosing a kick-ass ’90s soundtrack, the choice to change Goose’s name from the comics, and Stan Lee‘s cameo.

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What is the working title for Black Widow? What other DC Comics team will debut in the first season of Doom Patrol? Is Michael B. Jordan interested in playing Superman? Which Marvel Comics character does Brie Larson want in a Captain Marvel sequel? Want to see an extensive Q&A with the directors of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

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