Stan Lee Finally Showed Up In Cloak And Dagger, Though Not Like We Expected

For as long as the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been up and running, comic book icon Stan Lee has been around to make a quick cameo, with just about every single project paying homage to the prolific creator in some form or fashion. With Freeform's increasingly engaging Cloak & Dagger nearing its Season 1 completion, some fans were probably wondering if Lee would get any recognition. Alas, the quasi-cameo did happen in Episode 9, and while it wasn't a full live-action appearance, it still ranks up there as the most visually pleasing. Feast your eyes on it!

When one traditional version of Stan Lee's face just isn't going to cut it, then quadruple that image and make it as colorful as possible. That isn't the kind of advice that applies to everyday situations, mind you, but in Cloak & Dagger's case, it was a spot-on suggestion. I wouldn't have expected for Lee to get immortalized as an Andy Warhol-esque piece of wall art, but now I'm wondering if and when this well-crafted possession will make its way to retailers for fans to add to their own collections. (I'm also down to see Lee's visage inserted into the paintings American Gothic, The Scream and others.)

The moment in question happens early on in the episode "Back Breaker," as Tandy is looking around the house of an affluent dude who was soon to become an unwitting vicim of Tandy's evolving powers. Without going into spoilers, it's safe to say if that guy had any hopes and dreams about acquiring more art with Stan Lee's face on it, those hopes and dreams could now belong to Tandy if she wanted them.

Stan Lee has made dozens of Marvel film and TV appearances in the past decade, and while many are of the live-action variety -- such as his fun apartment-bound cameo in Spider-Man: Homecoming -- he's not always able to do any actual filming. And the fact that he's 95 years old speaks to how limited his availability can be. So for shows like Netflix's Marvel dramas, fans only get to see Lee in photographic form. Or, as is the case with his role in Disney's Big Hero 6 TV series, he's all animated.

Speaking of animation, perhaps more unexpected than Stan-Lee Warhol is the storyteller's upcoming cameo within Teen Titans Go to the Movies, in which Lee will be among DC Comics characters for a change of pace. It's almost like Tandy reached into my brain and turned that offbeat desire into a reality.

Marvel's Cloak & Dagger airs Thursday nights on Freeform at 8:00 p.m. ET, with the Season 1 finale airing on August 2. Be sure to tune in to see how Tandy and Tyrone's freshman season will wrap up, and head to our summer premiere schedule to see all the new and returning shows that are on the way.

Nick Venable
Assistant Managing Editor

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.