Yes, it is the time to present the 2016 EYG Stan Lee Movie Cameo Award. This prestigious award has been given in the past to such luminaries as John Cena, Stan Lee, Chris Evans, Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman. Who will join this list as this year’s winner? Let’s see, shall we?
And of course…SPOILERS!!!!
#10. Justin Bieber (Zoolander 2). One of the only things worth the time in Zoolander 2 and it was spoiled in the trailers. Bieber is killed at the beginning of the film, giving the iconic Zoolander look. That started off one of the worst films of the year.
#9. Ben Affleck (Suicide Squad). Ben Affleck’s Batman was one of the best parts of B v S this year, so he returned in cameo as Batman in Suicide Squad. However, the best part of the cameo came when Bruce Wayne showed up to face off with Viola Davis’s Amanda Waller in the post credit scene. It indicated what could be happening in the DCEU’s future.
#8. Johnny Depp (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them & Yoga Hosers). Depp showed up at the end of the film as Grindelwald. He will probably be in a larger role later. If you add the cameo Depp had in Yoga Hosers as his reoccurring character, Guy Lapointe, then Johnny Depp may have rediscovered his niche.
#7. Hugh Jackman (X-Men: Apocalypse). One more turn as Logan, we see the iconic moment when Logan breaks free from the Weapon X program. We also see a sample of his blood which might be leading directly into next year’s Logan.
#6. Bill Murray (Ghostbusters). None of the cameos in the new Ghostbusters were great. They all seemed to pull the viewer out of the movie and send them back to a happier time, when Ghostbusters was a great movie instead of a so-so one. Bill Murray’s charatcer was a skeptic of the new Ghostbusters and that made it interesting if nothing else.
#5. Justin Timberlake (Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping). There were a ton of cameos in Popstar, but the Timberlake cameo as a chef was the best. Justin Timberlake has shown a willingness to be funny, even if he is the butt of the jokes.
#4. Melissa McCarthy (Central Intelligence). McCarthy showed up at the end of the film as an old flame of the Rock. She was unexpected but funny addition to a decent buddy “cop” film.
#3. C3PO & R2D2 (Rogue One). They have been in every Star Wars movie to date, and it was just a matter of time before they reared their droid heads in Rogue One. Their cameo set up that they would be needed soon and was a good bit of fan service for two of the most popular characters in the franchise.
#2. Chris Hemsworth (Dr. Strange). Seeing Thor in one of the post credit scenes with Dr. Strange did two things. One, it reminded us all about Thor and his problems with Odin and his brother Loki. And Two, it placed Dr. Strange squarely in the middle of the MCU. The Dr. Strange movie was fairly isolated from the MCU, but this dropped our soon to be Sorcerer Supreme smack dab in the middle of what is to come.
And our winner of the EYG Stan Lee Movie Cameo of the Year is………. our first time repeat winner of the award…. and who would be better to be the first two-time winner than the man whom the award is named after?
#1. Stan Lee (Deadpool). This is arguably the greatest Stan Lee cameo of all time. Stan Lee as a disc jockey at a strip club? Perfect!
Congrats to Stan for his the second victory in this category. You are clearly the King of the Cameo! (Stan Lee has appeared on this list every year since we started giving the award).