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Does Stan Lee Have a Cameo in All Marvel Movies?

Stan Lee, the late comic book writer, editor, publisher, and former president of Marvel Comics is an iconic figure in the world of comic books and superhero movies. He is known for creating some of the most beloved superheroes such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and many more.

One of the fascinating things about Stan Lee is his tradition of making cameo appearances in almost every Marvel movie. Fans have always been excited to spot him in these movies and it has become a tradition that fans look forward to with every new Marvel movie release.

But the question on everyone’s mind is – Does Stan Lee have a cameo appearance in all Marvel movies?

The short answer is no. While Stan Lee has appeared in most Marvel movies over the years, there are a few exceptions where he did not appear. Let’s take a closer look at which Marvel movies he has appeared in and which ones he hasn’t.

Stan Lee’s Cameo Appearances

Stan Lee’s first cameo appearance was in the 1989 TV movie ‘The Trial of the Incredible Hulk’ where he played a jury foreman. He later appeared as himself in Kevin Smith’s 1995 film ‘Mallrats’.

His first official cameo appearance in a Marvel movie was in ‘X-Men’ (2000), where he appeared as a hotdog vendor on the beach. Since then, he has appeared in almost all Marvel movies including ‘Spider-Man’, ‘Iron Man’, ‘Avengers’, ‘Guardians of Galaxy’, ‘Doctor Strange’ and many more.

Stan Lee’s Cameo Absences

There are only three known instances where Stan Lee did not make an appearance:

– ‘The Incredible Hulk’ (2008): This movie was released before Disney acquired Marvel Studios so it wasn’t part of the MCU at that time. However, Stan Lee does appear briefly in the deleted scenes of the movie.

– ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ (2018): This movie is not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and therefore, Stan Lee did not make a cameo appearance.

– ‘Dark Phoenix’ (2019): Unfortunately, this was not due to a creative decision. Stan Lee passed away in November 2018, before the movie’s release, and therefore did not make an appearance.


In conclusion, while Stan Lee has made cameo appearances in most Marvel movies over the years, he did not appear in all of them. However, his legacy lives on through his creations and his tradition of making cameo appearances will always be remembered as a beloved aspect of Marvel movies.