The mastermind behind Marvel comics passed away at the age of 95 today. Instead of sulking about the death, we’ve decided to look back at some of Stan’s best moments, and rank the seven best Stan Lee cameos of all-time.
Stan, thank you for teaching us all that it’s okay to be nerds. You will be greatly missed and never forgotten.
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
For some reason, this one just hits a little extra after today. It probably wouldn’t have made the list prior to his passing, but the cameo is sweet, short, and packs an emotional punch. Any Stan Lee cameo in a Spider-Man movie is extra special, and his advice to Peter is heartfelt here.
Iron Man (2008)
The first cameo in the MCU. Lee is hilariously mistaken for Hugh Hefner as Stark quips his way through the media. Also led to the ongoing joke of Stark mistaking him for older celebrities, such as Larry King in Iron Man 2; and eventually tied back around with Lee calling Robert Downey Jr. “Tony Stank” at the end of Civil War.
“Superheroes in New York… Gimme a break.” Lee being in disbelief of the superheroes he’s created is timeless.
Perhaps the most unexpected cameo, this one got a rise out of me on my first play through of Spider-Man PS4. He’s revealed beautifully, and any Spider-Man/Lee combination is extra special. The fact that he tells Mary Jane that her and Peter were, “always his favorites,” is especially charming – and let fans know that the game was on a good track early.
There’s nowhere online to find a quality version of this one, so it’ll remain an “if you know, you know” kind of thing. Lee announces out a strippers’ name as he DJ’s in a club, making for a Rated-R version of himself, it’s straight gold. Search it yourself.
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
“I’ve got so many stories!” Lee exclaims as The Watchers leave his presence. The post-credit scene for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is one for the fans. It’s perfect in every way, and makes every other cameo mean that much more. The fact that Lee could be a Watcher is genius.
This is a how-to for all cameos. Lee, the creator of a majority of Marvel’s characters, ignores Thor’s threats as he cuts his hair – making the changes to his beloved character. Every change in Marvel goes through Lee. Also, Thor has been way more badass, and looks better since the haircut to boot.