For almost two decades there was always one thing you could expect from a Marvel film or television show (besides seeing a hero you recognized from the comics), and that was a cameo from everyone’s favorite comic-book writer and creator, Stan Lee. With his recent passing, the era of Stan Lee cameos is coming to an end, a fact that is sure to darken the hearts of many fans, but at least we still have a handful of films left that Mr. Lee was able to shoot his cameo for before his passing. Already he had a brief cameo in ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet‘ which came out last weekend, Marvel has stated that Lee already filmed his cameo in ‘Avengers 4,’ and I’m sure there are a few other films the man shot cameos in where we can enjoy his wit and humor a few more times before it all comes to an end.
Next in line is Stan Lee’s cameo for ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,’ which is sure to be especially poignant since the man is so heavily tied to the development and success of Spider-Man. Co-director Christopher Miller stated that even before his death, they wanted to do something special with the Stan Lee cameo for the film:
“I remember when we talked about it, we said, ‘You know, he’s so integral to the spirit of this movie that we don’t want to just give him a little passing cameo.’ We wanted him to be more important and carry some emotional weight to the movie.”
Co-director Phil Lord spoke about the great debt the character owes to Lee, and then went on to describe the role Lee plays in their movie, and how the “cameo” has been playing with early viewers since the man’s passing:
“Essentially we really thought since he was the guy who created the character with Steve Ditko that he should really give him something important like a talisman. So he gives him the spider suit, and says, ‘There’s no give backs.’ And we thought that was really important…We certainly felt really happy to do it with him, and obviously this last week [with Stan Lee’s passing], it made it extra meaningful and moving to watch the movie get finished and just know that he gets to be such a resonant part of it. And we showed some fans the feature maybe two or three days after he passed away, and it was really emotional just watching everyone engage with it and collectively salute him.”
Hopefully, Lee’s cameo in the film will help honor the man’s legacy and bring some catharsis to all the fans still mourning his loss.