Avengers: Endgame May Mark Stan Lee's Final Cameo
For the last 20 years, much like his history with the comic book empire he created, the only real constant throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been the cameo appearances of Marvel co-founder Stan Lee.
He was there when the franchise announced itself as the next superpower in film in 2008's Iron Man, and he was there just earlier this year when the franchise, now the most profitable and perhaps culturally dominant of all-time, ushered in a new chapter with Captain Marvel.
Lee's appearances as a variety of different geriatric characters are now enshrined in Marvel canon as much as Captain America's shield or the power of the Infinity Stones, which is why, after his sad passing towards the end of last year, many people were left wondering what would happen to Lee's seemingly permanent cameo slot for films going forward.
And while many fans thought that Disney might end up resorting to CGI-ing Lee into the films a-la-Carrie Fisher in Star Wars purely out of sentimentality, it's now been announced that Lee's appearance in Avengers: Endgame will be most likely be his last in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige said that Lee's final appearance will likely be more sentimental in nature, compared with the more humorous roles he's tended to play in his brief appearances up until now. He also said that Marvel received the news of Lee's passing shortly as they were wrapping up work on Captain Marvel, with information about whether or not he shot any new footage for Spider Man: Far From Home still up in the air.
"It was soon after he passed, and we were thinking about what to do and how to do it and whether to release something or put something out online. And we figured, as we always have, the way to pay honor to him is the way we've been trying to do while he was alive, which is the movies."
"I know that, not specifically but in general, a celebration is what Stan always wanted as opposed to any sort of mournful event. So, it happened very, very quickly soon after we got the unfortunate news.. We put that together and our visual development department, led by Ryan Meinerding, illustrated all those illustrations of him that you see, before we then go into the clips."
When asked whether or not Lee's appearance in Endgame will be his absolute last, Feige didn't seem particularly sure himself. "We shot a couple of others, so we're coming up on the last of them, yes," he said.