BREAKING MOVIE NEWS
Wouldn’t you know, comic book pioneer Stan “The Man” Lee proves to be at the head of that charge for comic-book diversity, exploring a project that will open up his massive influence to a huge portion of the global community.
When you consider the high level of attention paid to continuity that exists in modern comic book movie franchises, the ubiquitous presence of Marvel co-founder Stan Lee produces an interesting puzzle. It’s weird enough that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has presented him as a World War II general, “Larry King,” a poison-soda drinker, a Xandarian Ladies' Man, and more - but it’s even more bizarre when you factor in his appearances in other franchises.
Stan Lee has finally revealed which of his Marvel cameos is his favorite. But those of you who were hoping that they could revel in the clip over and over again after learning of his decision will be rudely disappointed because it hasn’t even hit cinemas yet!
Earlier this week, we found out Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn originally wanted Stan Lee’s standard cameo to involve a pretty hilarious middle finger.
Out of all of the stuff that made it into Guardians Of The Galaxy, there was still one cameo that pushed the boundaries of Disney's better judgement. If you want to know what was too much for a film that included a line about “pelvic sorcery,” then you'll definitely want to see this.
We have been hearing that the menacing Ultron will have to travel to Black Panther’s home land of Wakanda to pick up valuable resources in Joss Whedon’s sequel. But it’s unclear if an actor will have been cast to play the hero T’Challa in a Marvel movie for this potential cameo.
With all this recent chatter about introducing more female superheroes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, many comic book movie fans have found themselves repeating one name: Katee Sackhoff. The actress has a large sci-fi fanhood following thanks to her time playing Starbuck on the reimagined version of Battlestar Galactica, and many of those same people want to see her take on more big genre pictures - making Marvel a natural fit.
Going back to April, there has been a lot of back and forth about what role Nathan Fillion would play in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. The Firefly star revealed to the crowd at St. Louis Comic-Con that he would have a role in the Marvel Studios film, but would not say what part he was playing and only hinted that it was a role that audiences will only be able to recognize after seeing his name in the end credits.
Playfully joking about the rivalry between the comic book powerhouses, Lee said from the stage of the convention, “DC could probably make a lot more money with Superman and Batman if they announced that I'd have a cameo in it! People wouldn't believe it - they'd have to go to the theatre to see it!"
The fallout over David S. Goyer’s comments continues. For now, tell us your thoughts. Listen to Goyer’s comments in context on the podcast, and tell us if he was attempting to make a joke, or if his views on the role of female superheroes has you concerned about the influence he has on the developing DC Cinematic Universe.
A few months back, comic book legend Stan Lee revealed that he would not be making a cameo appearance in James Gunn's upcoming movie Guardians of the Galaxy, but apparently things have changed in an interesting way in the time since then.
Why can’t Lee make a cameo? I’m guessing it’s because the majority of Guardians is going to take place in outer space. Maybe Lee would have to endure hours in the make-up chair to turn himself into an extraterrestrial character for what amounts to a three-second cameo? And at 91, he doesn’t have time for that!
While Lee is certainly joking about his appearance in the movie alone drawing big crowds, I do think that he's on to something,. As a comic book fan and, by extension, a comic book movie fan, I've never understood why others are so adamant about drawing a line in the sand between Marvel and DC.
Lee was asked several questions about possible upcoming Marvel movies, and while most of this probably has to fall into the category of “speculation,” Lee likely is in the loop on decisions pertaining to Marvel properties, and I don’t think he’s pulling this information out of thin air.
Part of the fun of watching Marvel movies over the last 13 years has been keeping an eye out for the comic book legend's moment in the spotlight, be it rescuing pedestrians from falling debris (Spider-Man), drinking gamma radiation infected soda (The Incredible Hulk) or getting mistaken for both Hugh Hefner (Iron Man).