Stan Lee’s 11 Best Cameos and Where to Stream Them

Stan Lee, the one-time editor in chief, writer and chairman of Marvel Comics, died on Monday at age 95. Born Stanley Martin Lieber in New York Metropolis in 1922, Lee lived to see a lot of his comic-book creations take over the silver display screen: Since 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has churned out 20 movies which have grossed over $17 billion worldwide. Lee had cameos in all of them, to not point out bit components in different movies, TV exhibits, and even video video games, beginning with a tiny function as a jury member within the 1989 TV film, “The Trial of the Unbelievable Hulk.” (This YouTube video rounds up most of them.) These are the 11 we predict are most memorable, together with data on the place to stream the movies and collection wherein they seem.

‘Spider-Man: The Animated Collection’ (1998)

ImageStan Lee as himself, left, in “Spider-Man: The Animated Collection.”CreditMarvel Movies Animation

Earlier than Marvel started making live-action superhero motion pictures, it made animated movies and TV collection, like the youngsters’s cartoon “Spider-Man: The Animated Collection,” which aired on Fox Children from 1994 to 1998. Within the present’s ultimate episode, “Spider Wars Half 2: Farewell, Spider-Man” (Season 5, Episode 13), Lee makes one other look as himself (in cartoon kind, in fact), in a scene wherein Spider-Man, having traveled to an alternate universe, lastly meets his maker. Latching onto Spider-Man like a human backpack because the superhero slings from constructing to constructing, Lee exclaims, “You recognize Spidey, I’ve at all times wished to expertise actual web-slinging.” Spidey replies: “And I’ve at all times wished to be appreciated as an actual hero! It appears you’ve made me into one. Thanks!” Aw, you guys!

The place to observe: Google Play, iTunes

[Read the New York Times obituary of Stan Lee.]

‘Mallrats’ (1995)

ImageJason Lee, left, and Stan Lee in “Mallrats.”CreditGramercy Photos

By having Lee play himself in an prolonged cameo in his 1995 comedy “Mallrats,” the director Kevin Smith might effectively have began a pattern that might final the remainder of Lee’s life. In “Mallrats,” which preceded the existence of the movie franchise often known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Lee features as a sage, imparting relationship knowledge to the movie’s freshly-dumped hero, Brodie (Jason Lee), a comic-book obsessive. He tells Brodie that he’d hand over the cash, the celebrity, the ladies — he claims to have “had” greater than Mick Jagger — for yet another day with the one which bought away. In an interview at Denver Comedian Con in 2016, Lee named “Mallrats” his favourite onscreen function — however added that he felt it was too substantial to actually be referred to as a “cameo.”

The place to observe it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, Vudu

‘Robotic Hen,’ (2007)

ImageAn animated Stan Lee in “Robotic Hen.”CreditAdult Swim

Greater than a few Lee’s cameos have featured the outdated man ogling, flirting with or bragging about his fame with girls. (What hath Kevin Smith wrought?) Within the R-rated “Deadpool” (2016) for example, Lee may be seen in a quick function as a nightclub D.J. who introduces a stripper named Chastity. When Lee seems in a 2010 episode of “Entourage,” he’s launched to the grownup movie star Sasha Gray, additionally taking part in herself, who Lee insists appears to be like so acquainted. Lee’s cameo in a 2007 episode of the late-night animated sketch comedy present “Robotic Hen” (Season three, Episode four) is equally risqué: Referencing his short-lived grownup cartoon collection “Stripperella,” wherein Pamela Anderson voiced the stripper-spy of the present’s title, Lee pairs with an animated Anderson because the co-host of a superhero news-and-gossip program referred to as “Superheroes Tonight.” Lee additionally manages to get in a dig on the poor box-office displaying for “Catwoman,” primarily based on the DC Comics character.

The place to observe: Amazon, Hulu, Google Play, iTunes

[Read this original tribute comic on the outsized influence of Stan Lee.]

‘Iron Man’ (2008)

ImageStan Lee in “Iron Man.”CreditMarvel Studios/Paramount Photos

The primary movie within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Iron Man” needed to characteristic its hero’s creator. Blink and also you’ll miss Lee in a scene wherein Tony Stark, the civilian title of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) steps out of a limo and struts down a purple carpet, passing Lee, who’s sandwiched between two bodacious blondes. “You look nice, Hef,” Stark snarks; Lee turns round, wearing a Hefner-esque burgundy gown, smoking a pipe. It’s not clear whether or not Lee is meant to truly be the founding father of Playboy, Hugh Hefner, or if Stark has merely made a mistake. This case of mistaken id seems to be a operating joke: In “Iron Man 2” (2010), Stark once more bumps into Lee — carrying thick black-framed glasses and suspenders —and calls him Larry King.

The place to observe: Netflix, Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu

‘The Wonderful Spider-Man’ (2012)

ImageStan Lee in “The Wonderful Spider-Man.”CreditMarvel Studios/Columbia Photos

Lee has no traces in “The Wonderful Spider-Man” (2012), the primary Spider-Man film wherein Andrew Garfield takes over Peter Parker duties from Tobey Maguire. Nonetheless, his quick stint within the movie is considered one of his most indelible cameos. Lee performs a librarian at Midtown Science Excessive College, the fictional faculty that Parker attends; outfitted with headphones blaring soothing classical music, Lee is oblivious to the combat between Spider-Man and the Lizard raging proper behind him, which sends total bookshelves tumbling to the ground. At one level, a desk very almost hits him sq. within the again. It misses, and the still-clueless librarian picks up his brown lunch bag and calmly walks out the door.

The place to observe: Netflix, Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, Vudu

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ (2015)

ImageStan Lee, center, in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”CreditMarvel Studios/Walt Disney Studios

When the information of Lee’s demise broke on Monday afternoon, Chris Evans, who performs Captain America, tweeted a brief appreciation of Lee. He capped off the message with one phrase: “Excelsior!!” Quickly, the hashtag #Excelsior was trending on Twitter in honor of Lee, who turned the phrase — Latin for “ever upward” — into his catchphrase, usually utilizing it on the finish of his “Stan’s Soapbox” column in Marvel Comics, which he wrote month-to-month from 1965 to 2001. In 2015, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” paid tribute to the phrase in a scene wherein Lee performs a World Warfare II veteran who insists that he share a robust Asgardian drink with Captain America and Thor (Chris Hemsworth). When Thor warns that the drink is “not for mortal males,” Lee’s veteran replies, ““Neither was Omaha Seashore, blondie!” Thor pours him a shot, and we minimize to 2 males dragging a wasted Lee out of the bar as he mumbles, “Excelsior!”

The place to observe: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, Vudu

‘Captain America: Civil Warfare’ (2016)

ImageStan Lee in “Captain America: Civil Warfare.”CreditMarvel Studios/Walt Disney Studios

Lee’s cameo in “Captain America: Civil Warfare” is barely extra substantial than a few of his different onscreen bits, for a pair causes. Lee seems towards the top of the movie, as a FedEx deliveryman who exhibits up at Avengers headquarters with a package deal for “Tony Stank.” The administrators Joe and Anthony Russo wished Lee’s half on this movie to truly advance the plot considerably, and so the letter he delivers seems to be a type of olive department from Steve Rogers, often known as Captain America. The scene took on larger significance with the discharge of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” the subsequent 12 months, as we will see.

The place to observe: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, Vudu

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ (2017)

ImageStan Lee, proper, in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”CreditMarvel Studios/Walt Disney Studios Movement Photos

In case you’re a real Marvel Cinematic Universe nerd, the second installment within the “Guardians of the Galaxy” collection accommodates a tiny if essential seed of details about Lee’s Marvel cameos through the years. Lee exhibits up as a “Watcher Informant” surrounded by three Watchers, an historical alien race that oversees the universe. A cosmic being who experiences on his adventures all through the universe, the informant, performed by Lee, claims, “Anyway, earlier than I used to be so rudely interrupted, at the moment, I used to be a Federal Categorical man … ” At a press junket final 12 months, Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, all however confirmed the fan concept that Lee’s characters throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe are in truth all one character who journeys by way of time and area. After the ultimate credit, the film returns to Lee: The Watchers are proven strolling away from him, apparently out of boredom, as he calls after them in protest. “Aw, gee,” he cries, “I’ve so many extra tales to inform!”

The place to observe: Netflix, Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, Vudu

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ (2017)

ImageStan Lee in “Thor: Ragnarok.”CreditMarvel Studios/Walt Disney Studios

As Lee bought older, the cinematic superhero franchise he helped spawn proliferated, and — maybe additionally a mirrored image of Lee’s consciousness of his declining well being — so did his cameos. Lee popped up in no fewer than three movies in 2017: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”; “Spider-Man: Homecoming”; and, lastly, as a fiendish barber in “Thor: Ragnarok,” directed by Taika Waititi. Lee performs a servant to the Grandmaster of the planet Sakaar who’s tasked with slicing Thor’s lengthy blond mane. “Now don’t you progress,” Lee instructs Thor (Hemsworth), who’s strapped to a chair. He revs up a rotating set of shears, fastened to his arm rather than his proper hand, that might give Edward Scissorhands a run for his cash. “My arms aren’t as regular as they was once,” he says.

The place to observe: Netflix, Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, Vudu

‘Black Panther’ (2018)

ImageStan Lee, left, and Martin Freeman in “Black Panther.”CreditMarvel Studios/Walt Disney Studios

Black Panther — the alter ego of T’Challa, king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda — made his debut in a 1966 concern of “Incredible 4,” changing into the primary superhero of African descent to indicate up in a mainstream comedian ebook. Greater than 50 years handed till the director Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” turned the primary Marvel movie to characteristic a largely black forged — to not point out the highest-grossing movie made by a black director, and the ninth-highest-grossing movie ever. Lee, the character’s co-creator (as with a lot of his characters, he had assist from the illustrator Jack Kirby), has a fast, gentle cameo in an early scene wherein T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) confronts a C.I.A. agent performed by Martin Freeman at a on line casino. The African king is drawn away from the craps desk earlier than he has an opportunity to gather his earnings — leaving Lee to swoop in and take the chips, “for protected protecting.”

The place to observe: Netflix, Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, Vudu

‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ (2018)

ImageStan Lee in “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”CreditMarvel Studios/Walt Disney Studios

The sequel to “Ant-Man” (2015), launched this previous summer season, turned out to be the ultimate movie wherein Lee lived to see his cameo. (He had already filmed a scene for “Avengers four,” scheduled for 2019, earlier than his demise.) Much like his bit half in “The Wonderful Spider-Man,” right here, Lee offers comedian aid throughout a rapid-fire motion sequence within the streets of San Francisco. Lee performs an outdated man whose automobile is caught within the crossfire and by chance zapped with a shrinking disc, rendering it the dimensions of a Blissful Meal toy. “Nicely,” the person says, bewildered, “the ’60s had been enjoyable, however now I’m paying for it.”

The place to observe: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, Vudu

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