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Who Is the Old Guy in Marvel Movies?

If you’re a fan of Marvel movies, you might have noticed a certain old guy that pops up in many of them. He’s usually seen in the background, but he’s always there.

So who is he? Let’s dive into the mystery and discover who this old guy is.

Stan Lee – The Creator of Marvel Universe

The old guy in question is none other than Stan Lee, the co-creator of some of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Universe. He was born on December 28, 1922, in New York City and passed away on November 12, 2018.

A Brief History of Stan Lee

Stan Lee started his career at Timely Comics, which later became Marvel Comics. He wrote stories for various genres like romance, westerns, and horror before creating his first superhero team – The Fantastic Four.

He went on to create many more superheroes such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, and X-Men. His characters were not just heroes with superpowers but also had complex personalities and relatable flaws.

Why Was Stan Lee in Every Marvel Movie?

Stan Lee made cameo appearances in almost every Marvel movie since “X-Men” in 2000. These cameos ranged from a simple background appearance to a significant character role.

Marvel movies are based on the characters created by Stan Lee and other comic book writers/artists. Therefore it only makes sense to pay homage to their creator by including him in every movie.

Some Memorable Cameos

Here are some memorable cameos by Stan Lee:

  • In “The Avengers,” he played a chess player who was oblivious to the battle happening behind him.
  • In “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” he played a security guard who didn’t recognize Steve Rogers.
  • In “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” he played a neighbor who complains about noise from Peter Parker’s apartment.


Stan Lee was an iconic figure in the comic book industry, and his creations continue to inspire and entertain people worldwide. His cameos in Marvel movies were a way to pay respect to his contributions to the Marvel Universe. He will be remembered as a legend and a true hero.

So, whenever you re-watch any Marvel movie, keep an eye out for that old guy in the background. It’s Stan Lee, the man who created some of your favorite superheroes.