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Stan Lee’s 8 Greatest Marvel Cameos Not From The MCU

Stan Lee’s passing has affected every Marvel fan, and I think I speak for all of us when I say that the MCU will never be the same without his patented cameos. Yet the myriad of movies to come out of the MCU are far from the only Marvel properties he made an appearance in, and so, to honor the late comic book writer on his birthday, I’ve compiled a list of his lesser known Marvel cameos, for it’s important for us to remember that Marvel isn’t just a single chronology run by Kevin Feige, but an expansive multiverse spanning dozens of continuities.

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8. spider-man ps4

In the 2018 video game Spider-Man on the PS4, Stan Lee makes an appearance as a short-order cook at Peter and Mary Jane’s favorite New York City restaurant. When I witnessed him show his face at the end of that cutscene, I vocalized a long and high-pitched “Awww!”. This wasn’t very long after I heard of his death, and so seeing him in such an unlikely place delightfully surprised me, yet also punctuated the scene with a slightly sorrowful note. Also, knowing that this was one of the last cameos of his that he saw feels appropriate, as not only was Spider-Man a creation of his, but the character is almost the face of the Marvel Universe.

 

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7. the amazing spider-man

In The Amazing Spider-Man, the first of the Sony duology of Spider-Man films, Stan Lee cameos as a librarian at Midtown Science High School, who is oblivious to the fight between Spider-Man and the Lizard behind him due to the fact that he’s listening to classical music. While the comic bit of an elderly character not noticing they’re in the midst of obvious danger was definitely overplayed by 2012, there’s something about Lee nearly getting flattened by a table that makes me smile. While The Amazing Spider-Man 2 seems to have tarnished the reputation of the Andrew Garfield Spider-Man movies, I think scenes like these help us realize that, like every incarnation of Peter Parker, they contain some redeemable qualities.

 

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6. deadpool

In Deadpool, Stan Lee appears as an MC at a strip club. Certainly the image of a 90+ year old man at a strip club is interesting enough, but what’s truly noteworthy about this scene is when he announces, “Give it up for Chastity!” Is this a reference to S.H.I.E.L.D agent Chastity McBryde or just a typical stripper name? Probably the latter, in all honesty, but the other noteworthy element of this appearance of his is that he actually had no hand in the creation of Deadpool. This may not seem very interesting initially, but I think it illustrates how Stan Lee became the unofficial face of Marvel, even though he worked with plenty of others when constructing his most iconic characters. Regardless, an old man introducing strippers is an amusing image.

 

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5. fantastic four: rise of the silver surfer

This cameo of Stan Lee’s, unlike the previous one, makes a very clear and deliberate reference to Marvel Comics, specifically to Fantastic Four Annual #3, where Stan Lee and Jack Kirby themselves are turned away from the marriage of Susan Storm and Reed Richards. While only Stan Lee is present in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, the same thing happens; he’s refused entry by a security guard because he’s not on the list. While this may seem like nothing more than a meta gag, a version of Stan Lee actually exists in the same universe as the Fantastic Four, and meets with them regularly to publish factual accounts of their adventures in their comics.

 

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4. big hero six

Many seem to not know this, but Big Hero 6 was actually a superhero team, and were first published by Marvel in 1998. While they weren’t very prevalent, only inhabiting a self-titled three-issue miniseries, they were the team that the characters in the Disney film of the same name were based on. I didn’t know this when I first watched the film, so when I saw that in the post-credit scene Stan Lee’s voice and likeness were used for Fred’s father, I was rather puzzled, and then slightly saddened when he is credited immediately after.

 

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3. spider-man 3

Stan Lee makes in appearance in all three films of Sam Rami’s Spider-Man trilogy, but my favorite of them would have to be the last one in Spider-Man 3. Credited as “Man in Time Square”, we see him and Peter Parker reading a news ticker about Spider-Man, and he says to him, “You know, I guess one person can make a difference.” To my recollection, this is the only Stan Lee cameo that is actually impactful to the plot, as it’s his advice that persuades Peter to retake the mantle of Spider-Man.

 

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2. x-men

I’ll be honest, this one is far from one of his greatest appearances, but it holds a special place in my heart because it’s the first one that I saw. I don’t rightly recall how old I was exactly, but I was definitely less than ten, and it was at a birthday party at a friend’s house where I first watched X-Men. I don’t even remember particularly liking X-Men that much, but I do have to thank the film for introducing me to Stan Lee, who opened a door for me to a whole new world of superheroes.

 

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1. spider-man: into the spiderverse

While this list hasn’t been in any order, this cameo of Stan Lee’s definitely deserves the number one spot. In Into the Spiderverse, Stan Lee sells a Spider-Man outfit to Miles Morales. When Miles asks what would happen if the suit does not fit, Stan responds, “It always fits, eventually”, before revealing that he has a no return and no refunds policy. Not only is perhaps his funnest Marvel cameo, but it was apparently important to Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who wrote and produced Into the Spiderverse, to give Lee a bigger moment in the film rather than just a passing cameo because they felt he was “so integral to the spirit of this movie.” They described the role as “extra meaningful”, given Lee’s death a month before the film’s release, and with this knowledge the scene becomes a whole lot more meaningful.

For Marvel fans, Stan Lee’s face is almost like Pavlov’s bell. No matter what context it appears in, we smile whenever it’s shown to us on screen, and frankly, I’m perfectly okay with that. Along with Jack Kirby, he created a whole roster of some of the most iconic characters not only in comic book history but in Western pop culture, and it’s their hard work that inspired millions. So happy birthday, Mr. Lee, and excelsior!

 

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We Are Nothing Without Marvel

A world without Marvel is no world at all. With the direction of Stan Lee, MCU has brought the world together through its inclusion of diversity and the ability to insert racial issues. In hindsight, MCU is the reason why comics and science became cool.

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It’s hard to envision pop culture without the impact of Stan Lee. So much so, that in 2017 parents thought it best to name their newborns after their favorite MCU characters. Some of the most common names are Loki, Pepper, Natasha, Wade, and Parker, which ranks at the top with 1,487 females and 4,386 males. This is no surprise as our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has been attributed to the beginning of the success of Marvel.

 

Stan Lee and his team went further than inspiring kids with the creation of comics like the Fantastic Four and the iconic X-Men. The Fantastic Four and X-Men heroes, like Professor X, Logan, Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Storm, were the outsiders that allowed fans to compare themselves to characters that resembled their own differences. This didn’t stop here. Black Panther, with the most successful release, provided more representation for black audiences. We hailed Wakanda for months on end, taking on the pride of the Panther Tribe with costumes and more.

And let’s not forget, every hero has a villain.

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Among these villains are Ultron, the robot created by Dr. Pym in the original Ant-Man; Loki, son of Laufey the king of the Frost Giants; Red Skull, confidant to Adolf Hitler and leader of HYDRA; Ronan, the radical Kree warlord who formed an alliance with Thanos in order to eradicate Xandarians; Thanos, the most evil, bloodthirsty villain who attempted to conquer the universe with the Infinity Gauntlet and many more. These villains, although vicious, are the greatest villains of all time. MCU has made it so that we not only root for the superheroes, but we also give praises to the villains.

 

Even though Marvel films have a variety of characters within different periods of time, they all share an overarching storyline, making Marvel one of the best universes. As Screen Rant’s article puts it, “if audiences had to pick between listening to a lecture on the nuances of particle physics and watching the Hulk smash through Manhattan, they’d probably pick the latter.”

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Speaking of audiences, if you ever go to a Marvel movie and you try to walk out at the end, best believe you will get the glaring eyes. There is always a glimpse into what will be coming next, leaving the audiences itching for more.

 

MCU aims to not only entertain the audience but also encourages audience members to reflect on the issues that plague modern society. Many of the issues represented within each comic include “delicate topics like sex, race, drug use, violence, and authority.”

Although Stan Lee won’t show up in the movies anymore, the MCU continues on its legacy by keeping the audiences glued to their seats willing and ready for whatever comes their way.

 

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Literary Icons We Lost in the Last Decade

The 2010’s have been a notable decade for literature lovers. Starting with big corporate bookstores going out of business and making room for the indie bookstores, we also saw the rise of audio-books, as well as platform being given to strong female protagonists with books like, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl , The Girl on the Train and so on. But in the past ten years we’ve also lost a number of prolific icons from the literary world and here are some of those authors and poets who have touched our lives with their iconic works, which will continue to influence us and the generations to come.

J D Salinger

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We’ve all read his famous book in high school, The Catcher in the Rye, which is a fantastic piece of work tackling many pressing issues such as identity, loss, and sex. Salinger also exhibits relentless talent in his short stories, such as in A Perfect Day for Banana Fish. The writer lived until the long age of 91, and breathed his last on January 27, 2010.

 

 

Maurice Sendak

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Even if you can’t immediately recognize this talented author by his name, I’m certain we are all familiar with his famous book, Where The Wild Things Are, which is a celebrated children’s picture book, teaching kids about imagination, independence and overcoming fear. The author/illustrator left us on the 8th of May in 2012.

 

V.s naipaul

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Nobel Laureate and Booker Prize winner, V. S Naipaul left the world on 11th August, 2018. His book In a Free State won him the Booker Prize and he was also awarded the Trinity Cross in 1990, and was also made a Knight Bachelor in 1990.

 

 

maya angelou

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It was a tragic day when the world lost literary legend Maya Angelou. Not only was she a prolific, talented poet, singer and memoirist, she was also a famous civil rights activist, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. Her book of poems, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘fore I Diiie won the Pulitzer Prize and her autobiographical book, I Know Why the Caged Birds Sing, garnered much critical acclaims and went on to be made into a TV movie with the same name in April 1979. Her departure was a great loss for the entire world, but her legacy will continue to live on within her works.

 

stan lee

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On November 12, 2018, we bid farewell to the creator of The Amazing Spider-man, X-Men and all the other Marvel heroes who continue to dominate our lives since we were children. This man’s legacy cannot be put in words, as movies after movies continue to wow us with the foundations Stan Lee had built during his long standing career. When he passed at the ripe age of 95, it was when we thanked our stars for being born during his era, to enjoy the fruits of his creativity.

 

 

william goldman

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This remarkable American novelist, playwright and screenwriter left us on November 16, 2018. By the end of his career, William Goldman had received his first Academy Award for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and another for All the President’s Men. He also won two Edgar Awards, and was eventually given the Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement in 1985. But perhaps his most notable work is The Princess Bride, the popular fantasy-romance novel which came out in 1973, and was adapted into a movie of the same name in 1987.

 

 

fred bass

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While not everyone recognizes Fred Bass without a quick Google search, but be sure to know that this man has changed the lives of millions with his contribution to the book industry. Bass left us on January 3, 2018, but he made sure to leave the world a little more educated and tons more curious, with his creation of The Strand Bookstore in New York City. As one of the most popular bookstores in the world, with its eighteen miles of books, Strand has not just become a common household name for New Yorkers, but has won hearts of people all from over the world, all thanks to this kind and intelligent soul.

 

anthony bourdain

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Although we mostly know Anthony Bourdain from his popular TV shows and his celebrity chef status, but we can’t forget that he first emerged as a writer in the late 90’s when his column came out in The New Yorker, Don’t Eat Before Reading This. This later resulted in Bourdain’s first book, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, followed by his second, Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook, which was published in 2010. His demise was certainly a tragic one, leaving his fans in utter pain and disbelief, but his perception regarding the exploration of international cuisine, culture and human conditions has taught us all a few great things about not being scared of the unknown.

 

 

harper lee

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To Kill a Mockingbird is an American Classic, and Harper Lee was a legend for the creation of such an impactful book during a time of turmoil and distress in the Americas. Her revolutionary vision, through the eyes of the young protagonist of her book, is evident and speaks volumes about her life as a child growing up during the Great Depression in the South, exploring topics such as regionalism as well as racism. The book has garnered her several awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in 1961, as well as awarding her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007, which was very well deserved. The world lost a power-house figure on February 19, 2016.

 

 

ursala k le guin

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Ursala K Le Guin had written over twenty novels and one hundred short stories, spanning a literary career for almost sixty years before her passing on January 22, 2018. She had won eight Hugo Awards and six Nebula Awards, making her one of the most influential Science Fiction writers of our time, and that too as a woman, considering that science has always been a supposed male dominated field. Legends like her give us hopes to break barriers and march on.

 

toni morrison

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The beloved Toni Morrison, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Beloved, left a gaping hole in the literary world as she left us on August 5, 2019. She gained further recognition as she won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. She was also the first African American female editor at Random House in New York in the 1960’s. During her lifetime, she has inspired many people of all color to break free of stereotypes and to live their truth, whatever that may be. Her writing is so influential that her fan base continues to grow since her departure. Her writing has been critiqued by notable editors and writers alike and to this day, it is praised for its daring narrative. If there should be a legendary writer, Toni Morrison is deserving of that title.

 

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Continuing To Celebrate Stan Lee: Excelsior!

The Amazing Lee, gone too soon! Stan Lee, the creator of the world’s iconic Marvel superheroes, would have celebrated 97 years of life on December 28th.

 

 

Stan Lee was born in New York City in 1922, to his parents Celia and Jack Lieber, Jewish immigrants from Romania. At the age of sixteen, Lee became an assistant in 1939 at the Timely Comics. As an assistant, he oversaw making sure that the artists had their materials to make the comics, proofreading, and of course, lunch. Then the miraculous happened. Lee was given the opportunity to write and design his own comics.

 

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Stan Lee originally wanted to use his pen name, now legal name, for his “Great American Novel”. Unfortunately, he was never able to write that, but Stan Lee came in handy for when he co-created his first comic, the Fantastic Four. This allowed Lee the opportunity to continue to work with Jack Kirby on comics we now know today as the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and several other iconic Marvel superheroes.

 

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On December 20th, ABC aired a Stan Lee Tribute Special Celebrating Marvel’s Stan Lee. Lee’s fans and friends were able to commemorate all Lee was known for. The Marvel classics and his cameo appearances in many Marvel Films, never let you forget the legend that he was and continues to be.

 

Happy Birthday, Stan Lee! Excelsior!

 

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