Have you ever noticed a familiar face popping up in almost all Marvel movies? Yes, we are talking about the legendary comic book creator – Stan Lee.
He is known for his iconic cameos that have become a trademark of Marvel movies. But why did he cameo in these movies? Let’s find out.
Who is Stan Lee?
Stan Lee was an American comic book writer, editor, publisher, and producer who is widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in the comic book industry. He co-created some of the most iconic superheroes including Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man, and the Fantastic Four.
The Origin of Stan Lee’s Cameos
Stan Lee began appearing in Marvel movies with his first cameo in the 1989 TV movie ‘The Trial of the Incredible Hulk’. However, his cameos became more frequent from 2000 onwards with the release of ‘X-Men’ and ‘Spider-Man’. Since then, he has had a cameo appearance in almost every Marvel movie and TV show.
Why Did Stan Lee Cameo in Marvel Movies?
Stan Lee’s cameos were not just a gimmick or a way to satisfy fans’ desire to see him on screen. There was more to it than that.
According to Stan Lee himself, he did these cameos as a tribute to his fans who loved seeing him on screen. He once said that “I think my appearances make people feel good.”
Apart from this sentimental reason, there is another practical reason for his cameos – continuity. Most Marvel movies are interconnected and share the same universe. Therefore, having Stan Lee appear in all these movies serves as a sort of continuity thread that ties all these movies together.
Stan Lee may have passed away in 2018 but his legacy lives on through his creations and his memorable cameos in Marvel movies. His cameos were not just a fun Easter egg but also served a purpose in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
We will always remember him for his contribution to the comic book industry and his larger-than-life personality. Excelsior!