I had not done one this past week because I hate Will Farrell and I was not inspired to do the Top 10 James Bond films, so I decided to skip the week.
Then, today, the worst news… legend Stan Lee passed away.
He meant so much to me that I decided that it was perfect now to do up my Top 10 Stan Lee cameos, because as we all know, the reason Marvel movies made so much money was because of Stan Lee cameos. Or at least as Stan would joke.
Here are the EYG Top 10 Stan Lee cameos.
#10. Captain America: Winter Soldier. Stan is the security guard at the Captain America museum where Steve Rogers “reclaims” his original uniform. Stan finds the costume gone and says “Ah man, I am so fired.” Very funny.
#9. Big Hero 6. One of the animated cameos that Stan made and this one was a complete surprise, ending up in the post credit scene. We see Stan in a picture as Fred’s mysterious father. This was an awesome appearance and he talks about the costume and his underwear.
#8. Avengers: Infinity War. Stan was the driver of the bus that Peter Parker was on as the ships with Thanos’s Dark Order appear in New York City. Stan turns to the screaming children and ask them if they have never seen a spaceship before. Great line and very funny.
#7. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies. Biggest meta surprise on this list. Teen Titans is a DC Comics property and this was the first time that Stan made a cameo for DC Comics. And it was tremendous. His enthusiasm for the cameo was obvious and was a huge moment in the outstanding and surprising movie.
#6. Fantastic Four. Though this movie is not the greatest version of the FF ever put together, this was the only time where Stan was able to play a character that he actually created. Willie Lumpkin, the beloved mailman of the Fantastic Four. The FF is one of the biggest creations of Stan’s career and led the Marvel Universe into existence.
#5. The Avengers. The classic movie that brought together the great heroes of Marvel fore the first time had to have an appearance by Stan Lee. And his cameo as a chess player in the park complaining about the Avengers couldn’t be much more perfect. This was the picture that we use for the Stan Lee Cameo of the Year that we give out at EYG Year End Awards.
#4. Avengers: Age of Ultron. This was a great cameo from the master. There were even two scenes with Stan. He played a war veteran at the Avengers’ dinner party who has discovered that he is not able to handle the Asgardian liquor. He had to be helped from the room.
#3. Amazing Spider-Man. Another film that was not the greatest film but the cameo was one of the best parts of the film. Stan is a librarian who is listening to music and, somehow, cannot hear the epic battle behind him between Spider-man and the Lizard. Spidey saving him from getting crushed by a table is everything someone could hope for.
#2. Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Stan Lee is a Watcher. In the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Stan is shown speaking to a group of aliens that, we as Marvel fans recognize, as members of the Watchers. This was a wink toward one of the online theories that Stan Lee, since he was in all these Marvel movies, was actually a Watcher. This is a fun connection to that. Of course, the watchers left him behind in the post credit scene.
#1. Deadpool. Stan Lee is a DJ at a strip club. This is one more brilliantly funny moment in a great movie and Stan Lee was excited for Chastity, one of the strippers. He plays very much against type with his role as the DJ and this was one of the funniest of them all.
Honorable mentions: Captain America: Civil War (Fed Ex Driver), Iron Man 2 (Larry King), Hulk (security guard with Lou Ferrigno), Thor: Ragnarok (guy who cut Thor’s hair), Ant Man (bartender), Ant Man and the Wasp (Driver whose car gets shrunk), Venom (dog walker), Spider-Man (man who saves little girl), Daredevil (stopped by young Matt from getting hit by a bus).
Wikipedia indicated that Stan’s voice appears in Ralph Breaks the internet which is awesome.