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?


On Life, Death, and Anime-inspired Tattoos

On Life, Death, and Anime-inspired Tattoos

I’ve always been fascinated by tattoos.

When I was in high school, in all the rebellious phases that a goody-two-shoes can have, I thought they were a great way to stand out and do something unique. I spent close to an entire school year’s worth of science classes designing ever-more-intricate patterns on the back of my left hand with my permanent markers. Continue reading “On Life, Death, and Anime-inspired Tattoos”

Why I Can’t Go On the Internet on April Fools

Why I Can’t Go On the Internet on April Fools

Some holidays, like Christmas, I spend months in advance planning for and counting down to. Including a daily “countdown” that my sister and I started doing when she lived across the country and flew home for the holidays.

Some holidays, like April Fools, I think of once or twice late in March with the vague revelation that it’s coming up soon and then totally forget about again until someone dyes my milk green or something. Continue reading “Why I Can’t Go On the Internet on April Fools”

Why I Love Video Game Weddings

Why I Love Video Game Weddings

When I started playing Harvest Moon, it was partially because my sister made it look amazingly fun, and partially because it was a much more inspiring choice for my 17-year-old self than FarmVille.

But I was (and am) a romantic at heart.

Which means there was a part of me that had seen way too many Disney movies and literally just wanted to play because it would let me marry one of the characters. Continue reading “Why I Love Video Game Weddings”

On Inspiration, Unemployment, and the Right Answers

On Inspiration, Unemployment, and the Right Answers

When I was working in retail, people would always ask how I was. I knew they were just asking to be polite, but if I was having a particularly bad day, sometimes I’d ask them if they wanted the real answer or the right answer.

I didn’t think much of it at the time, because it was my teenage angsty way of not-so-subtly expressing myself, but it was epitomal of the struggle that many of us face every day—saying what we think, and saying what we’ve learned to say. Continue reading “On Inspiration, Unemployment, and the Right Answers”