Stan Lee's best cameos

By Jon Sandys

Fri 27th Sep 2019

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Not just limited to the MCU, Stan Lee has popped up in tons of movie over the years. Here are the best...

X-Men (2000)

Stan Lee, creator of X-Men, has a cameo in the beach scene as a hot dog vendor. This was his first cameo in a theatrical Marvel movie. He would go on to have cameos in over 30 other theatrical Marvel films before he passed away.


Spider-Man (2002)

At the festival when the Green Goblin throws his grenades, before the shot of Parker, you see Stan Lee (creator of Spider-Man). He was supposed to pick up the little girl that he pushes to safety, but due to his age, after several takes he said if they wanted him to pick her up, they were going to be there all day.


Hulk (2003)

Stan Lee, who co-created the Hulk, and Lou Ferrigno, who played him in the 70's TV show, have cameos as a pair of security guards in the beginning of the film. Ferrigno later made another cameo as a security guard in the 2008 reboot.


Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Spider-Man creator Stan Lee makes his standard cameo appearance for this film when Spider-Man and Doc Ock are fighting on the side of the building. The first shot of the street during the fight shows a woman being pushed out of the way as some debris falls; the man pushing her is Lee.


Fantastic Four (2005)

Fantastic Four creator (and Marvel editor-in-chief) Stan Lee has a cameo as Willy Lumpkin, the Four's mailman. To date, it's his only Marvel movie cameo based on an actual comic character.


X-Men 3 (2006)

Stan Lee makes a cameo appearance in the beginning of the movie when Jean is being recruited and showing off her powers. He is the man holding a hosepipe.


Spider-Man 3 (2007)

Stan Lee, the creator of Spider-Man, makes a cameo appearance when Peter Parker is reading about Spider-Man getting the key to the city. He is the man that walks up and talks to him.


Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

The guest that was rejected at the party really was Stan Lee who helped popularize the Fantastic Four through writing the comic book for many years. This is actually from the comic book wedding of Reed Richards and Sue Storm (in the 60s) where a guest who looked like Stan Lee was turned away from the wedding.


Iron Man (2008)

Stan Lee makes his usual cameo, this time seen as a man who Tony Stark mistakes as Hugh Hefner.


The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Stan Lee (Stanley Martin Lieber), the original creator of this comic book hero, has his usual cameo role in this movie. He's the guy who drinks the gamma contaminated soda from the fridge.


Iron Man 2 (2010)

Stan Lee makes his customary cameo. He is mistakenly introduced to Tony during the Expo as Larry King.


Nikita (2010)

The Guardian - S1-E5

Stan Lee makes a cameo describing the Division's operative as being like a superhero.


Thor (2011)

Stan Lee makes his customary appearance as the driver of the white pickup truck that tries to free Mjolnir from the ground.


Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Stan Lee cameo: When Captain America did not come out for one of his shows, a short man came out to tell the announcer he would not be appearing. Stan Lee says "I thought he would be taller."


The Avengers (2012)

The Avengers co-creator Stan Lee makes his usual cameo. This time as a man being interviewed by a news reporter asking about superheroes, at the end of the movie.


The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Stan Lee makes a cameo appearance as a librarian at Parker's school wearing large headphones, unaware that Spider-Man and the Lizard are battling at the library behind him.


Iron Man 3 (2013)

Once again, Stan Lee makes his usual cameo. This time, he appears as a judge at the Christmas pageant.


Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Stan Lee makes his usual cameo, this time as a patient at the asylum where Selvig is being held.


Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Stan Lee makes his customary appearance when Rocket Raccoon is sweeping the plaza for likely targets - he is seen chatting up a young lady.


Big Hero 6 (2014)

Stan Lee makes his customary cameo as Fred's father, a retired superhero.


Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Stan Lee makes his customary cameo appearance as a security guard at the Smithsonian who is present when Steve Rogers steals his original Captain America suit from the museum display.


Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Stan Lee makes his customary appearance whilst the Avengers and a load of War Veterans are enjoying a get together. Thor offers a 1,000 year old Asgardian drink to Captain America, and Stan Lee asks for some.


Agent Carter (2015)

The Blitzkrieg Button - S1-E4

Stan Lee has a cameo in this episode as the man having his shoes polished next to Stark and Jarvis.


Deadpool (2016)

Stan Lee makes his usual cameo as the announcer in the strip club.


Deadpool 2 (2018)

When Domino is parachuting down towards the convoy, in the shot where she says "They're headed into the tunnel", a large graffiti drawing of Stan Lee can be seen drawn onto the side of a building.


Captain Marvel (2019)

Stan Lee's cameo actually references another cameo he made as himself, in 1995's Mallrats - he's reading the script for that on the train. This marks the first time he's explicitly himself in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film (he identified himself as Stan Lee in Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer), not just a random character. In fact Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 confirms he's actually playing the same character in every cameo, a Watcher Informant, roaming the multiverse and reporting back his discoveries. And given he's reading the Mallrats script here, that means Stan Lee himself was actually an alien being all along, observing humanity and others. And of course that means the real Stan Lee exists in the MCU, so created comics based on characters who really exist, albeit maybe in another universe...but you could go on like that forever.


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