OF COURSE…… SPOILERS!
The movie cameo is always one of the most fun things to have happen. When someone unexpected, whether that be a famous actor, an unexpected character or a sports figure shows up in the movie, it creates a buzz. The late, great Stan Lee was the master of the cameo as he appeared in a huge list of Marvel films from X-Men to Avengers: Endgame. So much so that we named this award after him (and he won it several times himself)
The EYG Stan Lee Movie Cameo Award
Previous winners: Stan Lee (three times), John Cena, Chris Evans, Sigourney Weaver, Hugh Jackman, Yoda, J.K. Simmons, Harrison Ford, Rudy Giuliani
2021 Runners-Up: I found this to be a tough choice this year as none of the cameos stood out. Marvel has its typical cameos in their movies including Benedict Wong and the character of Abomination in Shang Chi: The Legend of the Ten Rings, and Harry Styles in Eternals. I thought about giving this to Styles, except I did not know who he was when he first walked on the screen. I was excited about Starfox, but the buzz in my theater certainly told me that I was missing something. A quick Google check later and I realized what it was. The original surviving Ghostbusters was nice in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, but honestly, they felt like too much of a deus ex machina. Michael B. Jordan was EASILY the best part of the new Space Jam movie. I would have liked to give it to Ed Asner in memoriam, but his appearance in Muppet Haunted Mansion was too easily missed. RIP Ed. Morgan Freeman appeared in cameos in both the Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard and Coming2America, but the quality of both movies hurt his chances.
And the winner, was actually the first name that popped into my head when compiling the possible choices, and he is now a two time winner!
Chris Evans (Free Guy)
This was one of the best jokes in the whole movie, a Ryan Reynolds, who was a character in a video game, pulled out Captain America’s shield in a fight that was being broadcast everywhere and Cap himself, Chris Evans was watching on his phone. Evans responded with very unlike-Cap language in response.
It was a hoot and brings Evans his second Stan Lee Cameo Award. The first time winning was for his appearance as Loki (who shape-shifted into Cap) in Thor: The Dark World.