Best Stan Lee cameos of all time


Haley Enders and Lexi Keeling

A college of Stan Lee’s greatest cameos.

by Haley Enders and Lexi Keeling

Stan Lee, a comic book writer, editor, and publisher, passed away on November 12th, 2018. At the age of 95, Lee left behind a legacy of the creation of numerous comic book characters. Lee was best known as the primary writer of Marvel Comics for two decades.

Lee was the father of Marvel, having come up with numerous popular characters in collaboration with other Marvel writers. Some of those characters include Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Scarlet Witch, The Fantastic Four, Daredevil, and Ant-Man.

However, the best part of his brand is the several cameos he left behind.

Although Lee retired from Marvel in the 1990s, he frequently made cameos (short appearances) in Marvel movies. Those 5-10 second long appearances are one of the few, but greatest things fans have to remember him by.

After going through every single Stan Lee cameo, we have decided our absolute favorites.

1994    Spider-Man- Spider-Man drops from the ceiling on a web saying, “I’m looking for a Stan Lee” and Lee dramatically swivels around in his computer chair, revealing himself. Later he’s seen riding on Spider-Man’s back.

2007    Spider-Man 3-  In this scene, Lee said, “You know, I guess one person really can make a difference. ‘Nough said.” He says it in a way that makes it sound more amusing than wise, but it still has the same underlying message of what Uncle Ben said to Peter Parker in the first Spider-Man movie. (Uncle Ben said, “With great power comes great responsibility.” )

2007    Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer- This scene shows Lee trying to get into a wedding and his name is on the list, but the bouncer doesn’t believe his name is really Stan Lee, so Lee is escorted out. It’s funny for the people in the audience because we know he’s a very famous millionaire and it’s funny seeing someone (even if they’re acting) oblivious of Lee’s status.

2008    Iron Man- Here Lee’s surrounded by gorgeous women and wearing a very luxurious robe. Tony Stark walks by and pats him on the back and says, “Lookin’ good, Heff,” referring to the Playboy millionaire, Hugh Hefner. “Heff” turns around and it turns out to be Stan Lee, smoking from a pipe.

2011    Thor- Mjolnir is chained to the back of a truck driven by an unknown driver. He and a large group of people are trying to free it from the earth. The driver accelerates and the hammer actually tears the entire bed off of the truck. Stan Lee leans out of the driver’s side window yelling, “Did it work?!”

2014    Captain America: The Winter Soldier- Stan Lee is a security guard at a museum and he’s obviously too old to be guarding anything. He walks around the corner to see one of the Captain America suits has been stolen. “Oh man! I am so fired!”

2015    Avengers Age of Ultron- Thor and Steve Rogers are seen drinking an ancient Asgardian Liquor. Thor, a god, and Rogers, a superhero, can both handle strong alcohol. Lee’s character doesn’t seem to understand the potency of liquor though. Unimpressed, Lee, who plays a WW2 veteran, patronizes them and calls the duo “blondie,” and asks for a pour. He is immediately carried out, too drunk to function.

2016    Captain America Civil War- Lee plays a mail carrier, knocking on a door and mistakenly mispronounces Stark’s name asking if there is a “Tony Stank” to receive said package. James “Rhodey” Rhodes (War Machine) then says, “Yes this is Tony Stank,” while laughing. This is funny because Lee created Tony Stark and it’s hard to imagine him mispronouncing his own character’s name.

2017    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2- Lee appears in a credits scene where he is sitting in space talking to some random aliens who made an appearance in the beginning of the movie. “At that time I was a Federal Express man (FedEx)…” he begins. We don’t get to hear the end of the story but it’s a reference to Captain America: Civil War (2016).

2017    Spider-Man Homecoming- Spider-Man had crashed into a car, creating a ruckus when Lee’s character leans out from his apartment window yelling at the kid. Neighbors in every apartment block join Lee in his chastising of Parker. Lee ends up starting a casual conversation with a neighbor in another building, screaming across the alley.

2017    Thor: Ragnarok- Thor Odinson begs Lee’s character to not cut his hair. After threatening him to not do it, Lee’s character smiles and tells Thor that his hands “aren’t as steady as they used to be.” Obviously, Thor looks just as good after the haircut as he did before.

2018    Black Panther-  T’Challa, Nakia, and Okoye are in a private casino in South Korea to try and obtain the stolen vibranium from Klaw. T’Challa leaves his winning chips behind, which prompts Lee to appear, sliding the chips away saying he will hold them for “safekeeping.”

2018    Avengers Infinity War-  Spider-Man is on a school bus on his way to a field trip when he sees a giant spaceship in the sky. Realizing he should go help, he asks his best friend, Ned Leeds, for a distraction so he can escape. Lee plays the bus driver who says “What? Have you guys never seen a spaceship before?”

2018    Ant-Man and The Wasp- Lee plays an old man attempting to enter his parked car when it suddenly shrinks right in front of him. Lee then says, “Well the 60s were great, but now I’m paying for it.” This scene touched a little bit on the adult side of humor with the drug use reference or it could be a reference to Lee’s comic writing days in the 60s.

Marvel has announced the release of Captain Marvel on March 8, Avengers: Endgame on April 26, and Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 5. If there isn’t a pre-recorded cameo of Lee, we hope for their to at least be some sort of way to commemorate his death.