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If there's one thing you can expect from most movies containing Marvel characters, it's a cameo by Stan Lee. Throughout multiple franchises and studios, fans have seen Lee pop up to delightful results for well over a decade of movies. And while these cameos are commonplace, it now looks like Lee is going to jump ship and actually pop up in a DC flick. While he won't be underwater in Aquaman, the Marvel visionary reportedly has a small role the upcoming animated feature Teen Titans Go! To The Movies.
This news came out of San Deigo Comic-Con (via GameSpot), which actually screened Teen Titans Go! To The Movies in its entirety. That screening revealed a surprise role for Stan Lee, who has mostly done his acting through small roles within the MCU and X-Men franchises. Lee voices the role himself, poking fun at the comic creator's constant thirst for onscreen roles. And just like that, he departs the movie and the Teen Titans movie goes back to normal.
This is the second time in recent history that Stan Lee voiced himself, especially in a project outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He recently had a role in Big Hero 6, which is technically connected to Marvel comics. So while that wasn't a complete surprise, his cameo in a DC project is sure to puzzle those hardcore Marvel fans.
Teen Titans Go! To The Movies overall seems like an extremely self-aware animated feature, which will examine nerd culture, fandom, and the comic book genre as a whole. With its trailers taking plenty of shots at the MCU and DCEU alike, it stands to reason that this might extend to the man himself, Mr. Stan Lee. Never missing a chance to get some screen time, Lee was happy to lend his voice to the upcoming animated feature.
Teen Titans Go! To The Movies revolves around the titular team, which has had two animated series at this point. Desperate for the fandom and celebrity that heroes like Batman and Superman received from their big movie adaptation, the Titans travel to Hollywood and attempt to secure a movie of their own. This somehow puts them back in conflict with Slade, and will also contain plenty of references to the superhero genre.
Stan Lee's involvement in Teen Titans Go! To The Movies is a welcomed departure from the gloom and doom surrounding the legendary comic book creator in the past few years. Now into his 95th year, every week seem to bring new controversies and scandals surrounding Lee, his finances, and his care. He recently lost his wife of many years, had his blood stolen, breaks in, robberies, and legal action. Lee was also absent from Comic-Con this year, but his cameo in Teen Titans Go! To The Movies made him seem not so far away.