After the hard-to-swallow news that Endgame will mark the final cameo of Marvel godfather Stan Lee it’s got us feeling all nostalgic.
During a press tour in India, Joe Russo confirmed that Lee would make his customary appearance in the upcoming blockbuster but it would almost definitely be his final on-screen appearance.
For a while there was a theory dotted around that the 22 appearances Lee has made in the MCU, each character he portrayed was actually the same person.
Marvel president Kevin Feige confirmed that the idea was much more than a theory when discussing Stan’s appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
“Yes, we always thought it would be fun. Stan Lee clearly exists, you know, above and apart from the reality of all the films. So the notion that he could be sitting there on a cosmic pit stop during the jump gate sequence in Guardians was something very fun – James had that idea and we shot that cameo and loved it so much, you know, you see it a couple of times in the movie. It wasn’t in for a long time and we put it back in towards the end of the process where he references that time he was a Federal Express agent – we thought it would be fun to put that in there because that really says, so wait a minute, he’s this same character who’s popped up in all these films.”
Lee’s most recent appearances came in Captain Marvel, which also featured a touching tributeto the creator as Marvel reworked its traditional opening credit scene into a Stan Lee tribute.
Lee also appears in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which is even more poignant given his love for the character.
Stan says in the clip that he misses Spider-Man and that they were friends and the whole thing feels like a poignant goodbye to the godfather of Marvel.
Into the Spider-Verse co-writer Rodney Rothman says that Lee’s lines were delivered in a number of different ways so the scene could have been handled very differently.
“The thing that was interesting for us is that it evolved. We recorded it a year ago and it was not that long after his wife [Joan] had passed away. We had versions that tried a little harder to be funnier and tried a little harder to be harder. What ended up in the movie were the lines that had the most meaning to him” Rothman said.