Monday the comic world lost one of the greats. Stan Lee was rushed to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center early Monday morning where he later passed away. He was 95. Lee had been battling poor health for over a year and recently suffered a bout of pneumonia. Lee was one of the early creators of Marvel comics and along with Jack Kirby created Marvel’s first title The Fantastic Four in 1961. Along with that, Lee also is credited with inventing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Daredevil, and the X-Men.
Lee, was a pioneering figure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and made frequently made cameos in Marvel movies throughout the years. Here are some of his best appearances:
10) The Incredible Hulk (2008)
In the 2008 movie The Incredible Hulk, Lee makes a quick cameo where he reaches into a fridge and pulls out what he thinks is soda but turns out to be a drink mixed with Bruce Banner’s blood that gives him “a bit more kick than he was looking for.” He then falls down and becomes sick from gamma radiation. So basically, what we all remember our first shot being like.
9) Ant-Man (2015)
In Ant-Man, Lee portrays an old bartender who is approached by Luis’ cousin asking him about the woman he’s with. When asked “isn’t she fine,” he replies, “yea, crazy stupid fine.” Savage.
8) Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
This time, Lee showed up as a servant to the Grand Master on Sakaar about to give Thor a much-needed haircut. Dressed in some pretty ridiculous armor and equipped with a mechanical hand, Lee orders Thor not to move because his hands “aren’t as steady as they used to be.” He still gives him nice fade regardless. Maybe he can get a job a Great Clips.
7) Captain America: Civil War (2016)
At the end of Civil War, Lee gives us some comic relief by appearing as a FedEx delivery man. Lee arrives with a package that he’s determined to give to Tony…uh, Stank? Who hasn’t heard a grandparent butcher someone’s name before? We’ll give him a pass.
6) Black Panther (2018)
In Black Panther, Lee showed off his hustling skills as he shows up at a casino. After T’Challa wins at a craps table, he quickly takes off without claiming his chips. At that moment, Stan Lee sees his opportunity and runs over to take his winnings. “Ya know what, I think I’ll just take these, bring them over here, and hold on for safekeeping,” Lee says. Well played.
5) Ant-Man and the Wasp
In this year’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, Lee graces our screens as a pedestrian about to get into his car. Unfortunately for him, his car is hit by Wasp and immediately shrinks into a toy size car. To this, Lee exclaims, “well, the 60’s were fun but now I’m paying for it.” Ya know, cos drugs?
4) Guardians of the Galaxy 2
After thoroughly annoying the hell out of the Watchers with his stories about how he used to be a FedEx delivery person (see Captain America: Civil War), the Watchers, visibly uninterested in Lee, get up and leave. Lee begins to worry as he states they were supposed to be his ride home, not that they cared. Someone get this guy an Uber.
3) The Avengers (2013)
In a deleted scene from 2013’s The Avengers, Steve Rogers is seen at a cafe. His waitress begins flirting with him to which he is completely oblivious to. She tells him he can stay as long as he wants. After she walks off, Stan Lee, sitting at the table behind him turns around subtly tell says, “ask for her number ya moron.”
2) The Amazing Spider-Man
In the Sony Marvel Universe’s 2012 film The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield (who was a better Spider-Man than Toby Maguire, sorry not sorry), Lee makes a cameo as a middle school librarian. Blasting classical music in his headphones, Lee is completely oblivious to the fight sequence behind him as Spider-Man and the Lizard crash through the walls and fight in the library. He exits the room without a care in the world.
1) Spider-Man: Homecoming
As Spider-Man successfully stops an attempted car robber, he accidentally sets off the car alarm which upsets the neighbors. Multiple people yell out from the windows to keep it down, including Stan Lee who puts on his perfect ‘crotchety grandpa’ performance yelling, “don’t make me come down there you punk.”
Stan Lee was an iconic figure in the comic world and this year’s Academy Awards should totally make up a new category ‘best short cameos in a Marvel Comics movie’ just for him. RIP.