All good things must come to an end. So, while the mighty Stan Lee has showed up in every Marvel Cinematic Universe movie through his anticipated cameos, it turns out that the one he recorded for AVENGERS: ENDGAME was his last.
Fans know that Stan Lee, the creator and early pioneer of Marvel Comics, died on November 12, 2018. Prior to his passing, though, Marvel recorded a number of standalone cameos to be used in future Marvel projects. However, with AVENGERS: ENDGAME being a culmination of the battle against Thanos (Josh Brolin) — a conflict that dates back to the first AVENGERS movie — everyone involved seem to feel like that was the right film on which to end these traditional cameos.
Jon Watts returns to the Spider-Man series to helm the new SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, and he was asked by CinemaBlend during a recent press junket in London if they ever at least discussed bringing Stan Lee into the studio to record a bit for this sequel. In previous movies, Stan has been spotted at Peter Parker’s graduation, in the library at Peter’s school, and driving a school bus that carried Peter and his classmates on a field trip. But Watts shot the notion down.
“No. I mean, I think everyone sort of knew that he was sick and he had just filmed the cameo for ENDGAME,” Watts said. “I think they shot that earlier, too. So, I didn't want to … it felt right for the last thing to be in ENDGAME. So, we never really talked about it, honestly.”
Plus, a live-action Stan Lee cameo would have a difficult time competing with the emotional animated cameo that recently was included in SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE. It’s the right time for the legacy of the Lee cameos to come to a close, and while it stings a little bit to know that he’s not in this movie, that pain should ease over time.
There’s plenty more to look forward to in SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, which sends Peter (Tom Holland), Ned (Jacob Batalon), MJ (Zendaya) and their classmates on a jaunt around Europe. There, they encounter attacks from the Elementals and join Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) in bringing the creatures down.
SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME will be the last MCU movie this year, so head out to AMC theatres now and get your fix while you still can.