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Stan Lee has walked the planet for over nine decades, and much of that time has been spent co-creating a lot of Marvel's most popular superheroes, many of whom have gone on to appear in movies and other media projects. Well, now it's time for Stan Lee to get the cinematic spotlight, and we don't mean through his infamous cameos. 20th Century Fox is looking to tell a portion of Lee's life on the big screen, but this won't be your traditional, Oscar bait biopic.

Having gained Stan Lee's life rights, Fox, the same studio behind the X-Men and Fantastic Four movies, plans on making a "period action-adventure movie" centered around the writer, according to THR. Taking place in the 1970s, the project is described as having the same kind of tone as Kingsman: The Secret Service and the Roger Moore James Bond movies. The movie doesn't have a writer or director yet, but producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, whose credits include Twilight and the upcoming Power Rangers movie, will be involved, while Lee and his POW! Entertainment partner Gil Champion will executive produce.

While it's peculiar that 20th Century Fox is making this Stan Lee movie rather than Disney, the company that bought Marvel in 2009, the idea of the Marvel writer getting to lead a crazy big screen adventure sounds amazing. Besides being instrumental in Marvel's popularity in the 1960s and beyond, Lee is also famous for his colorful personality, and it just wouldn't seem right to give him a cookie-cutter biopic. At this point in his life, Lee was still working with Marvel, and he was a couple years away from moving to California to develop these properties for movies and television. Whether this Stan Lee movie is only set in New York or becomes a globe-trotting journey, it's a wise move to play around with his life and make him a secret agent-type hero.

Now the big question is who should play the younger Stan Lee in this flick. Fortunately, there's already a candidate perfect for the role: Bryan Cranston. A few months back, a fan noticed how Cranston's character in The Infiltrator looked like Lee back in the day, so he took an Infiltrator movie poster and redesigned it so it advertised a Stan Lee biopic. Since this movie will be set in the 1970s, Cranston is the perfect age to play Lee, and I can't be the only one who wants to hear him confidently exclaim "Excelsior!" Oh, and of course, Lee himself needs to cameo at some point in the movie. That is the man's bread and butter, after all.

We'll keep you updated on how the Stan Lee action-adventure is progressing as more relevant details come in, but let us know what you think of this idea in the comments below.

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