The Many Marvelous Faces of Stan Lee

The Many Marvelous Faces of Stan Lee

Let’s be honest here—as much as we all love Marvel movies, half the fun is looking for the Stan Lee cameo we all know will be there.

As the creator of several of our favourite heroes, including Spiderman, Iron Man, Thor, and Black Panther, it’s certainly a nice touch to see his face in the films, uniting the stories across time, space, and alternate universes.

In honour of the upcoming release of Avengers: Infinity War, which is what the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been working up to for a decade now, I thought it’d be fun to take a look at some of my favourite unexpected appearances from the man behind the comics!

Here goes:


Iron Man

When I saw this movie a couple of years after it came out, I didn’t actually realize it was Stan! The fact that Tony mistakes him for Hugh Hefner really threw me for a loop.

Fun fact: Stan really only has a specific name in Iron Man film cameos, and he’s usually mistaken for another big celebrity. In the second one, he’s mistaken for Larry King.


Captain America: The Winter Soldier

In this one, poor Stan the Smithsonian guard becomes quite flummoxed when he realizes someone broke in and stole Cap’s original uniform. Never mind I don’t think anyone would actually be upset to learn that it was Cap who stole his own clothes back.

He’s then afraid of being fired over it, but let’s be real. Like we could—or would—ever fire Stan.


The Avengers

I spent most of this movie on the lookout for the now-familiar face, but Stan didn’t make an appearance until almost the end!


He shows up as one of the random citizens being interviewed on the news after the attack on New York, and ironically expresses some disbelief in the entire idea that superheroes exist.

Never mind the enthusiastically chaotic-good antics of the Avengers that brought down Loki and the majority of Manhattan.



In this one, Stan makes an appearance as one of the small-town men in a pickup truck trying to retrieve Mjölnir from its landing place.


I just loved how excited he was about his brilliant plan of pulling it with a chain attached to his truck’s bumper—only to find out that apparently, his truck was not worthy of the power of Thor.


Agent Carter

So this one is a little off-the-radar, because the TV show based on Cap’s love interest from his first solo film only aired for two seasons as a mid-season break from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

I appreciated this cameo because it really showed how involved Stan is with everything that Marvel Studios produces—he happily sits in on smaller spinoffs that give fans more background into how the MCU became what it is.


He appeared in the 2015 season alongside Howard Stark and Edwin Jarvis (who becomes J.A.R.V.I.S. in pretty much everything Tony builds), hiding behind his newspaper at the shoeshine.


Captain America: Civil War

It’s pretty obvious why I love this one, and it’s really not a deep reason at all.


He shows up as a FedEx delivery guy who has a package for a Tony “Stank.”


Now it’s your turn. What’s your favourite Stan Lee cameo?


Why I Never Play Something Just Once

Why I Never Play Something Just Once

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with Disney movies.

I would watch them, enthralled, repeating them until I had every last word down—or, at least, in my childhood naivete and limited vocabulary, thought I did. There was just something magical about being able to recite every line with the characters as they happened; it was like my tiny self had convinced itself that by saying the lines, I could actually be Ariel. Continue reading “Why I Never Play Something Just Once”

Black Panther: A New Type of Hero

Black Panther: A New Type of Hero

I do, and always will, love Marvel movies.

Ever since my introduction to Iron Man 2 just a few years back, the studio’s many works of superheroian shenanigans have been among my favourites. It doesn’t matter that I’ve seen them all so many times; I’m always happy to watch them again.

Every now and again, Marvel likes to throw unexpected heroes into the mix. The first experiment, with the vaguely niche Guardians of the Galaxy, went over so well that they actually became a pseudo-flagship for the comic brand’s movie franchise.

Now, just a few months before Thanos touches down in Infinity War, Marvel is doing it again.

Tip: If you haven’t seen it yet, stop what you’re doing, go see it, and then pick up reading again at this point. There be spoilers ahead. Continue reading “Black Panther: A New Type of Hero”

Why I Stopped Collecting Marvel Movies

Why I Stopped Collecting Marvel Movies

When Marvel first started becoming big in the film world, I was obsessed with collecting every movie.

Conveniently, that happened to be right about the same time Blockbuster went out of business up here in the great white north, and I capitalized by picking up every price-slashed Avenger movie I could get my hands on. Continue reading “Why I Stopped Collecting Marvel Movies”

What I Thought of the Justice League

What I Thought of the Justice League

As you may recall, I had a petty little boycott going for Batman v. Superman because of the Bum-chin Batman.

Despite this silly little fact, I was very excited about the Justice League movie because of how phenomenal Wonder Woman was in her standalone film, and because of the looming total overhaul and reinvention of Aquaman, everyone’s favourite punching bag. Continue reading “What I Thought of the Justice League”