Marvel studios officially ends stan lee cameos in mcu –

Marvel Studios Officially Ends Stan Lee Cameos in MCU –

Marvel’s legendary linchpin creative mastermind, the late Stan Lee, appeared in every Marvel Cinematic Universe film from Iron Man (2008) through Avengers: Endgame (2019) — for a total of 22 scene-stealing cameos in the MCU.

That last cameo in Endgame — featuring a digitally de-aged Lee — and his previous one in Captain Marvel (2019) were his final appearances committed to film prior to the former Marvel Comics editor’s death in 2018 at the age of 98. For Marvel fans wondering if the Marvel Cinematic Universe would continue to utilize Stan Lee’s digital likeness or voice for future cameos, it looks like the answer is now a matter of policy at Marvel Studios: no more Stan Lee cameos.

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Stan Lee not only appeared in his epic run of cameos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but in most of Sony Pictures’ and Fox Studios’ Marvel films as well. Stan the Man did it all. Some scenes called for Stan Lee’s trademark levity — as in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) when Lee’s character is carried away muttering “Excelsior,” after imbibing the mighty liquor of Thor (Chris Hemsworth) while Captain America (Chris Evans) looked on. Others required a little gravitas — as in his Spider-Man 3 (2007) cameo where Lee offers some perspective to Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) saying, “I guess one person can make a difference. ‘Nuff said.” But Stan Lee always understood the assignment and electrified Marvel audiences.

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Confirmation of Marvel’s new policy on using Stan Lee’s likeness posthumously in new projects has come from a unlikely source — Al Jean, The Simpsons long tenured showrunner. Jean revealed to Comicbook in an exclusive interview that his request to use Lee’s pre-recorded voice from years earlier to include in the recent Disney+ animated Simpsons/Marvel crossover “The Good, The Bart, and the Loki” was rebuffed by Marvel Studios. Al Jean understood the policy of the studio led by Kevin Feige, explaining,

We just thought, ‘Oh, we have Stan Lee audio from when he was on our show, could we cameo him in?’ And they said that their policy is he doesn’t cameo now that he’s passed away, which is a completely understandable policy. That was their only note and that was, of course, easily done… Believe me, I respect that these franchises have a great power beyond ours. I respect it.”

The Simpsons short features the voice acting of Loki star Tom Hiddleston alongside the former Fox property’s stalwart cast, Dan Castellaneta (Homer Simpson), Nancy Cartwright (Bart Simpson), and Yeardley Smith (Lisa Simpson).

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In May of this year, Marvel used a recording of Stan Lee’s voice to narrate their Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4 sizzle reel, “Marvel Studios Celebrates the Movies” in a short video that featured references to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022), Captain Marvel: The Marvels (2022), Eternals (2021), and Black Widow (2021), and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021). While this use of Stan Lee’s voice was quite intentional and respectful — and certainly not a cameo — it may be the last time we hear Stan Lee’s voice on new Marvel content.

Do you agree with Marvel’s policy to no longer use Stan Lee’s likeness in future projects? Let us know in the comments, true believers! 

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