AceShowbiz - Marvel Comics and superhero movie geeks are still mourning following the news of Stan Lee's passing on Monday, November 12. The comic book legend died at 95 after paramedics were called to his home in the Hollywood Hills due to a medical emergency.
Not only leaving behind his legacy in the forms of Marvel characters, many of which have been adapted into movies, Lee was widely recognized through his cameos in a bunch of Marvel's films. Starting from 2000's "X-Men" until the latest one in "Ant-Man and the Wasp", Lee has appeared in more than 30 Marvel movies so far.
That tradition will continue even until his death, as "Avengers: Infinity War" directors Anthony and Joe Russo confirmed that Lee had filmed his cameo for "Avengers 4". Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has also hinted at the late comic book writer's appearance in future films.
In honor of the late comic genius and while waiting for his next cameos, let's take a look back at some of his funniest appearances that are so memorable.
Not even Stan Lee can score an invite to Reed Richards and Susan Storm's wedding. In the follow-up to 2005's "Fantastic Four", Lee appears as himself to attend the two superheroes' nuptials, only to be turned away by a skeptical security guard. "Nice try," the guard says, while Lee insists, "No, no. Really, I'm Stan Lee."
Credited as "Himself", Stan Lee appears at a gala flanked by three hot blonde women. He is mistaken by Tony Stark as Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. "Good to see you Hef," Tony pats him from behind. At that time, Lee called it his favorite cameo appearance to that date.
It's another case of mistaken identity with Lee's cameo in "Iron Man 2". Tony, who turns to booze when his arc reactor poisons his heart, comes drunk to an expo and mistakenly greets Lee as Larry King. Wearing a red shirt and black-and-purple tie with suspenders, the Marvel Comics co-creator indeed looks like the famed broadcaster in the scene.
In the aftermath of the devastating attack in Manhattan, a TV news report features interviews with various citizens asking their opinions on The Avengers and their heroic actions. Lee appears as an elderly man who is skeptical about the Avengers. "Superheroes in New York? Give me a break," he says to the camera, before returning to his game of chess.
At this point, Lee has also appeared in all three Spider-Man films directed by Sam Raimi. When the franchise was rebooted with "The Amazing Spider-Man" starring Andrew Garfield, Lee portrays a librarian at Midtown Science High School who is listening to classical music through his headphones, oblivious to danger while Spider-Man and the Lizard are fighting behind him.
When Steve Rogers needs his old Captain America suit to fight HYDRA, he steals it from the Smithsonian Institution. In "Captain America: The Winter Soldier", Lee plays a security guard at the museum who, after discovering that Cap steals his own World War II uniform from an exhibit, laments his career. "Oh man, I am so fired," he mutters to himself.
Lee may not attend Reed Richards and Susan Storm's wedding in "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer", but he gets to party with the Avengers in "Avengers: Age of Ultron". In the scene, after Thor brags to Steve Rogers about his strong Asgardian alcohol which he claims is not for mortal men, Lee tells the God of Thunder, "Stop trying to scare us," and insists to give him some. The next scene shows him being dragged out of the party, drunkenly slurring his catchphrase "excelsior."
Lee's cameo in "Captain America: Civil War" helps deliver a joke thrown by Rhodey after the intense civil war between team Iron Man and team Captain America. The comic legend appears as a FedEx postman who mispronounces Tony's name as Tony Stank, much to Rhodey's amusement. "Yes, this is Tony Stank," he teases his friend. "Never dropping that, by the way... 'Table for one, Mr. Stank. Please, by the bathroom.' "