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What Marvel Movies Did Stan Lee Create?

Stan Lee, the legendary comic book writer and editor, was one of the most influential figures in the world of superheroes. Over several decades, he co-created some of the most iconic characters in Marvel Comics and played a crucial role in bringing them to life on the big screen. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some of the Marvel movies that Stan Lee helped create.


Stan Lee’s first major superhero creation was Spider-Man, who made his debut in Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962. Along with artist Steve Ditko, Lee introduced Peter Parker as a nerdy high school student who gains spider-like powers after being bitten by a radioactive spider.

The character quickly became popular with readers and has since become one of Marvel’s most recognizable heroes.

Spider-Man has appeared in several movies over the years, including Sam Raimi’s trilogy starring Tobey Maguire and Marc Webb’s reboot with Andrew Garfield. However, it was Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming that brought the character fully into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

In addition to making a cameo appearance in the film, Stan Lee also had a small role as a character named Gary.


In 1963, Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby co-created another group of superheroes that would become a cornerstone of Marvel Comics: The X-Men. Led by Professor Charles Xavier (aka Professor X), this team consisted of mutants – individuals born with extraordinary powers – who fought for peace and equality between humans and mutants.

The X-Men have been featured in numerous movies over the years, including Bryan Singer’s original trilogy starring Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and Matthew Vaughn’s prequel/reboot X-Men: First Class. One of the standout moments from these films is Stan Lee’s cameo as a hot dog vendor in X-Men (2000), where he has a memorable exchange with Senator Kelly.

Iron Man

While Stan Lee didn’t create the character of Iron Man, his influence is still felt in the hero’s mythology. Iron Man was created by writer and editor Archie Goodwin, along with artists Don Heck and Jack Kirby, in 1963.

However, it was Lee who oversaw the early stories featuring Tony Stark and helped establish his place in the Marvel Universe.

Iron Man was brought to life on the big screen in 2008 with Jon Favreau’s film of the same name. The movie was a critical and commercial success, launching the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it today.

Stan Lee made a cameo appearance in the film as Hugh Hefner at a party scene.

The Avengers

In 1963, Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby teamed up again to create another superhero team: The Avengers. This group consisted of some of Marvel’s most popular heroes – including Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Ant-Man (later replaced by Wasp), and Captain America – who banded together to fight threats that no single hero could handle alone.

The Avengers made their big-screen debut in 2012 with Joss Whedon’s blockbuster hit The Avengers. Stan Lee made another memorable cameo appearance in this movie as a man playing chess in Central Park who mistakes Thor’s hammer for an “outrageous Halloween costume.”

Cameos Galore

One thing that all Marvel fans know to look out for is Stan Lee’s cameos in every Marvel movie ever made! From his appearance as a FedEx deliveryman in Captain America: Civil War to his role as a DJ in Deadpool, Stan Lee has made a habit of popping up in unexpected places throughout the MCU.

He even had a cameo in Sony’s Venom movie which is not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


Stan Lee’s contributions to the world of superheroes – both on the page and on the screen – cannot be overstated. While he didn’t create every character or story in the Marvel Universe, his influence can be felt throughout it.

We can never forget this legendary comic book creator and his cameos will always remind us of his amazing contribution to our favorite superheroes.