Stan Lee is known to have appeared in almost every Marvel movie, but some of his funniest cameos have happened outside of the MCU.
In addition to creating some of the world’s best-known comic book heroes, Stan Lee was renowned for his appearances in most of Marvel’s animated and action films. Whether he’s just in the background or playing an actual character in the movie, eagle-eyed fans were always on the lookout for a Stan Lee appearance. Lee’s cameos weren’t limited to Marvel movies, however, as he often surprised viewers by appearing in movies and TV shows unrelated to his comedic creations. Here are some of Stan Lee’s most iconic cameos outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Mallrats Presents Stan Lee Signing Comics
In the cult film by Kevin Smith Mallrats, Stan Lee signs comics at the same mall that Brodie (Jason Lee) and TS (Jeremy London) decide to visit. As Brodie looks through a store window, deep in thought, Lee walks up to him and begins to talk about a couple who reminds him of Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. Stan tells the story of a girl he fell in love with when he was young, telling Brodie that he would give up his fame and fortune to have a chance to be with the one who ran away. Brodie is inspired by this and runs off to find his ex-girlfriend. He’s unaware that TS asked Lee to speak to him, and Lee reveals that his entire speech was snatched from a Spider Man comic. This iconic appearance has even been referenced in Captain Marvel when Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) sees Stan reading a Mallrats scenario in the bus.
The Big Bang Theory Puts Stan Lee In Fantastic Four Pajamas
In The Big Bang TheoryIn the Season 3 episode “The Excelsior Acquisition”, Stan Lee is booked for a comic book signing at the local comic book store. As the guys peruse their comics to prepare for the signing, Howard (Simon Helberg) finds an envelope addressed to Sheldon (Jim Parsons) containing a subpoena to appear in court for jumping a red light in driving Penny (Kaley Cuoco) to the hospital. Sheldon is dismayed when he finds out that his court appointment is on the same time as the comic book signing, so Penny makes up for it by taking him to Stan Lee’s at night. Lee opens the door in flashy Fantastic Four pajamas and unwittingly invites Sheldon into his home to watch a basketball game.
The Simpsons see Stan Lee cheering on Bart’s comic book career
In the episode “I’m Furious (Yellow)”, Bart creates a comic called Danger man and tries to sell it to Comic Book Guy, who calls it “lame and derivative”. Stan Lee bursts into the store and takes a look at the comic, encouraging Bart to keep writing until he finds his voice. Later in the episode, Lee tries to convince a young boy to buy Marvel action figures instead of DC’s and runs down the street, ripping off his clothes after declaring he is The Hulk. The comic book creator made another appearance in the couch joke for “The Caper Chase,” where the Simpsons appear as X-Men characters. Lee walks into the house and says, “There’s nothing too short that I can’t make an appearance,” right before the credits roll.
Chuck makes Stan Lee a CIA spy
This NBC sitcom may be known for putting Zachary Levi on the map, but it also stars Lee in his most alluring role to date. In “Chuck Versus the Santa Suit”, the main character attends a holiday party at CIA Headquarters with General Beckman (Bonita Friedericy). As she complains that her coworkers are making fun of themselves, the couple are approached by a cheerful Stan Lee holding mistletoe over her head. He invites Diane to join him for a drink but leaves when she rejects him, leaving Chuck perplexed when he realizes that the comic book creator is a spy for the CIA.
Fresh Off the Boat puts Stan Lee on board with his comic
Stan makes a cameo appearance on the family sitcom Freshly landed. In the Season 3 episode “Pie vs Cake”, Emery (Forrest Wheeler) decides to enter a comic book contest, and Eddie (Hudson Yang) sees it as an opportunity to make some money. They struggle to come up with an idea that works for both of them, but after seeing their mother interact with their younger brother, they decide to base their characters on their family. Stan Lee receives a copy of their comic book at the end of the episode and states that this type of comic book is exactly what he was looking for.
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies proves Stan Lee is not above a DC cameo
Even Stan the Man is willing to poke fun at himself for the dozens of movie and TV cameos he has made in his career. In the 2018 movie Teen Titans Go! At the movie theater, Teen Titans visit Warner Bros. Studios. to run a movie about them. As they marvel at the studio’s iconic landmarks, an animated Stan Lee sweeps the floor in the background. He jumps up and raises his eyebrows for attention and finally grabs the camera to announce he’s doing a “subtle cameo.” Stan strikes a few poses before finding out he’s in a DC movie, then runs offscreen. His love for cameos turns out to be too strong as he returns later in the film, stating that he doesn’t care about being in a DC movie.
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