Plenty of thoughts and memories surged in our minds (and emotions in our hearts) upon hearing the news that Stan Lee passed away at the age of 95. But how many of you soon wondered whether or not Lee had filmed a cameo for Avengers 4, currently scheduled for a May 3, 2019 release?
Not to worry, True Believers. As noted by HitFix, Lee had already finished filming his appearance in the film, which shouldn’t be a surprise to those following every development concerning Avengers 4 closely. Principal photography, including reshoots, wrapped in October.
Here’s the Lee cameo from Avengers: Infinity War.
But directors Joe and Anthony Russo actually filmed Lee’s cameo while making Avengers: Infinity War, getting through his appearances in various movies in one day so he didn’t have to fly back and forth at his age.
Joe Russo explained the process in an April BBC Radio interview, via ComicBook.com:
“So, Stan, typically we try to get him out — he doesn't love to fly — so we try to get him out for his cameos around the same time. So if we have other movies shooting on the same lot that we're on, for instance Ant-Man [and the Wasp] or Avengers 4, we group his cameos together and then move him from one set to the next and get him through his cameos in one day.”
So we can guess that Lee filmed at least three cameos (including Ant-Man and the Wasp, embedded below). Maybe four, presuming that Captain Marvel was filming around the same time.
No word on what Lee’s cameo will be in Avengers 4, but why would you want to know that now anyway? The fun with those appearances is when and where they unexpectedly pop up. Sometimes, Lee plays bystander characters. Other times, he’s a part of the story. But the cameos are almost always fun.
Plenty of enterprising video bloggers have assembled collections of Lee’s many cameo appearances in Marvel movies. Picking one favorite would be difficult. For pure laughs, I’d choose Tony Stark mistaking Lee (or someone who looks just like him) for Hugh Hefner in Iron Man.
He was actually a part of the story in The Incredible Hulk, drinking tainted soda that allowed the government to find Bruce Banner.
But personally, I like Lee’s appearance as the Fantastic Four’s mailman, Willie Lumpkin, because he’s playing an actual Marvel character he helped create.
How about you? What are your favorite Stan Lee cameo appearances?