The Real Reason Stan Lee Loves His Avengers: Age Of Ultron Cameo

Stan Lee cameo in Avengers: Age of Ultron

If you're watching a Marvel movie, there's a strong likelihood you'll be gifted with a Stan Lee cameo at some point. Since X-Men was released in 2000, Lee has popped up in nearly every one of the Marvel movies, from Marvel Cinematic Universe entries to stories tackled by other studios. Of the 28 live action Marvel cameos he's made so far, Lee's favorite is his appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and he recently revealed that the reason he likes it so much is because he scored extra screen time. Lee said:

The thing I loved about that cameo is, if you think about it, that is the only cameo I've done that had two scenes. It was more than a cameo. It was almost like a role in the movie! So now I'm shooting for cameos that have three scenes, four scenes. Eventually I hope to be the co-star.

While promoting his upcoming appearance at Awesome Con in Washington D.C., Stan Lee provided the above explanation to CinemaBlend's own Laura Hurley about why Avengers: Age of Ultron is his #1 ranked cameo. Normally Lee's short appearances consist of one scene and saying a few words, but in Avengers: Age of Ultron, his character appeared for a bit longer, and we have booze to thank for it. If that World War II veteran hadn't drank some of Thor's Asgardian alcohol, he wouldn't have seen him being led out out of the Avengers' party, let alone hear Lee drunkenly utter his trademark catchphrase "Excelsior."

Check out Stan Lee's Avengers: Age of Ultron cameo below in case you need a reminder about what alcohol from Thor's homeland will do to a mere mortal.

Warning: SPOILERS for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 are ahead!

While Avengers: Age of Ultron is still Stan Lee's favorite cameo, it's no longer the only Marvel movie where he's been given more than one scene. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was released last month, and it was there that we learned that Lee has been playing the same character in every MCU movie. But more importantly (for this article anyway), Lee popped up again in one of the movie's post-credits scenes, where his blabbing became so annoying to The Watchers that they walked away. Considering that these are beings that spend their time observing civilizations, for them to grow bored hearing Lee talking about his time as a FedEx deliveryman is saying a lot. In any case, now we're interested to see if Lee eventually earns a three-scene cameo in the near future. Maybe Marvel could grant this request for Avengers: Infinity War.

Stan Lee's reign as Cameo Extraordinaire continues on July 7 when Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters, and he'll be popping up again on November 3 for Thor: Ragnarok.

Adam Holmes
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