This year, we lost a legend. Stan Lee, the editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics passed away at the age of 95 in Los Angeles California. In honor of the fallen hero, Marvel fans from across the globe came together on Reddit to pay tribute with some of their favorite Stan Lee moments ever.
Stan Lee was notable for making cameos in Marvel movies:
So some fans shared their favorite Stan Lee Cameos.
I think I'm the only person whose favorite is THOR. "Did it work??" The joke works on its own, but it's made funnier by having it be Lee.
In too many of the other cameos, Lee IS the joke. And that's a bit too self aware for my tastes.
A Slight Spoiler
Out of every single Stan Lee cameo, Spider-Man PS4's. Out of the MCU, Captain America: Civil War's.
His Cloak & Dagger painting ain't so bad either
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In Order, Top to Bottom, Left to Right
- Spider-Man 2
- Fantastic Four
- X-Men 3: The Last Stand
- Spider-Man 3
- Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
- Iron Man
- The Incredible Hulk
- Iron Man 2
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- Amazing Spider-Man
- Iron Man 3
- Thor: The Dark World
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Amazing Spider-Man 2
This only covers these Cameos.
I love all of his cameos. What saddens me is that it ended.
I loved the ant-man one. The whole movie is just about over and the plot is over so its not gratuitous like a lot of people hate but its so funny and you've forgotten about the movie's cameo since its been 90+ minutes
And today, those cameos did end. In honor of his memory, Reddit talked about what inspired them most about him.
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One of those things you've known was going to happen for a long time, but then when it does you're still somehow blown away.
That guy is responsible for awesome memories and immense enjoyment in my and many others' lives. What a tremendous life.
I have a fun story of my encounter with Stan. Last year, I attended one of the "Breakfast with Stan Lee" events that he held at conventions across the country. I didn't care how much it cost, I was going to be there since this was one of his final convention visits. The package included a breakfast buffet followed by a Q&A with Stan, 1 item to be autographed and 1 photo op and was limited to about 100 people at the event. Anyway, during his Q&A, a woman stood up and said she and her husband were celebrating 20 years together and that they wanted to renew their wedding vows. I think it actually got mentioned earlier during the session that Stan had been an ordained minister since he was a young man. The woman then asked what it would take for Stan to renew their vows. Without hesitation, Stan stood up and said I'll do it right now. His handlers helped him over to the couple where they both stood in tears as he walked them through their vow renewals. It was just an incredible moment to everyone in the room. He couldn't have been a nicer man to all of us that day.
When I was roughly 10 years old, I went to a comic book convention. At the time I was writing my own comics (think of what a 10 year old would write) and did my own doodles (think of what a 10 year old would draw). At this convention, there was Stan Lee, and I decided to have him sign some stuff (this was roughly around 2003 and at a smaller convention, so getting Stan to sign stuff was no real difficulty). I had him sign my Avengers #33 comic, but I also decided to have him sign one of my own drawings, as a means of getting his blessing. As an adult I cringe at the thought, but I didn't know better as a kid. Stan saw the drawing, smiled, looked at me and said "you better sign this too, or else people might actually think it's mine!" Or something along those lines. He happily signed it and I went on my way. I don't know if I would have the same decorum or seeming pleasure when it comes to signing some random kids doodling, but Stan had no compunction about it. What a guy.
I'm just gonna leave this here.
I found comics when I was eight or nine. I was out with my dad, was bored out of my mind, and happened to see a magazine that looked like a cartoon. I picked it up, and leafed through it. I remember the moment I turned the page, it was a large panel of the most badass woman I'd ever seen in my life- she was tall, strong, beautiful, and in command. Something clicked in my head the first time I saw Storm in print, and I've never looked back.
I know there are going to be people who cringe at anything remotely feminist, or be all hur durr SJW. But for a little girl on a small military base on the ass end of Asia, I'd found her- my first real role model. She didn't cringe, or whine, or worry about her nails- she didn't demand obedience, but commanded respect because she was powerful, and wise, and above all- kind. Storm was everything I wanted to be.
As I got more into comics- to my mother's chagrin, and my Thor-loving father's delight- I found a bigger and brighter world. Word's can't express the first time I turned on the cartoon and saw Jubilee- it was the first time I'd seen a superhero that had Asian in her, just like me (I'm half-Korean).
It might sound stupid to other people, but for a small, shy girl, having super heroes that were women, that were Asian, that weren't perfect but still tried to save the world was a game changer.
And it's still true today. I have a nine year old cousin on my Korean side. She didn't care about superheroes- until I mentioned Jubilee, because now there's one that looks like her.
Stan Lee didn't create every character I love, or every story arc that moved me. But he helped create the world I fell in love with, nurture it, and championed things like racial equality, feminism, and gay rights during times when it wasn't popular or even really allowed. So I'll always love him for that, and I'll love the legacy he left in his charming, funny, big hearted wake. Thanks for your light, Stan. I hope we can keep it going.
He gifted me the role model and brother i never had.
He gave me a warm hug in a form of a comicbook when i was going through tough s***.
And i'm still standing at my 24 years of age worshiping a man who wears a red and blue costume and can climb walls.
Not mentioning he isn't real......because he is to all of us.
Thanks, Uncle Ben.
We all love you.
RIP, Stan. Learn more about the history of Marvel and the first superheroes here.