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Stan Lee

The late Stan Lee was the co-creator of many of Marvel's comic book superheroes, including Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Daredevil, Doctor Strange and many others.

Production credits on Marvel films

Marvel Cameos

Stan Lee has played small parts in many Marvel movies and television series:

Cameo Gallery


  • "This one [cameo] is the best, most unusual one yet!"
  • "I'll have an appearance in this one too, unless they shoot it on the moon."
  • "To show my gratitude [after receiving the Visual Effects Society Lifetime Achievement Award], I'm now creating a whole new slate of superheroes at POW! Entertainment to make sure that you never run out of projects that you can enhance."
  • "I for one am totally in your debt because the kind of stories I seem to specialize in would never have the cinema success they have if not for you. Imagine trying to show Spider-Man fantastically swinging from skyscraper to skyscraper without your incredible technical and creative know how."
  • "He probably accepted this task out of gratitude, because he knows my cameo in Spider-Man is going to bring in the audience."
  • " The Avengers cameo that you will see, when that movie opens up, is possibly one of my best. And you know good mine have been, but it is so funny. I can’t tell you what it is ‘cause they’d kill me, but it is funny. So is the Spider-Man one, by the way. They’re deciding to make my cameos a little funnier. They know that’s what brings the audiences in, of course, so they’ve gotta play them up."
  • "I haven’t done that cameo yet. It’s almost scary ‘cause they just give me a date. They’ll say, "Stan, come over next Thursday for your cameo," but they don’t tell me what it is. So, I show up and they say, "Go to wardrobe." In wardrobe, they say, "We want to get you a white shirt and a green sweater and a black zippered jacket," and I’ll say, "Don’t bother, I’m wearing one." And then, they say, "But, you can’t wear yours!," and they look around and get me the exact same thing, but I’m not allowed to wear my own. And I still don’t know what my role will be. I go on the set and one minute before we’re gonna shoot, the director says, "Okay, Stan, this is what I want you to do. So, I don’t know what is expected of me, until I get there, but of course, I do it magnificently."
  • "You have never seen anything like it, neither have I. Do not miss it!"
  • "No, I'm afraid [I'm] not [havin a cameo]. That's the one group I didn't create. I didn't write Guardians of the Galaxy. I'm not even sure who they all are. I can't wait to see the movie."
  • "DC, of course, is trying to catch up to Marvel. More power to them. It's good if everybody does well, but they're certainly starting from a ways back. Marvel has so many heroes. DC just has Superman, Batman and maybe Wonder Woman. Perhaps they'll use The Flash. Green Lantern wasn't very successful, but we'll see."
  • "I think it's one of the best things to happen! It means now SPIDER-MAN will be part of the team, in the Avengers, or however else they want to use him. Now he'll be able to appear in AVENGERS 3, or any of our other movies. It's going to be great!"
  • "I wanted to do that many years ago, but at the time the people who owned Marvel were very foolish. There was a beautiful actress who wanted to play BLACK WIDOW alongside DAREDEVIL in the TV show. I forget her name, but she was gorgeous; you’d know her. I came to the person who at the time was the CEO of Marvel and I said, 'We have a chance to do this as a series.' And this idiot said, 'If it bombs, that’ll hurt the character.' And I said, 'If that was the case we’d never do anything.' He didn’t want to do it, but the idea of putting these characters on TV and the movies is wonderful."
  • "I was offered one with Michael Douglas actually, a scene with him. But they were shooting it in England and I didn't have the time to go. So I'm not in that movie."
  • "I did a cameo for the next X-Men movie. When you say I'm not allowed — will I be arrested? When you go see the next X-Men movie when it comes out, and see my fantastic cameo, you will say, 'I remember he told me about it here. It's a different cameo in that it has one additional thing in it. And if that doesn't make you go see X-Men, I'm wasting my time."
  • "[I'm on] whatever side Captain America was on, because he's the best, pure-hearted person in the whole world. By the way, he's a great actor, too, the guy who plays Captain America does a beautiful job. I say that because he likes me, and anyone who likes me is a great actor."
  • "I look at the covers, and I try to guess what's going on. All I know is, the girls look beautiful on the covers - I sometimes think I'm reading Playboy and I'm not objecting to that one bit!"
  • "I wish I had spent more time in the strip club."
  • "If it’s a Marvel movie, I’m there for it. Whenever a new movie comes out, I hope they’ll have a spot for me. I get such a kick out of doing it. The fans seem to like it. I’m going to tell you a secret, here’s the reason the movies make so much money: My cameo. A man takes a girl to the movie, right? They’re watching the movie and they bend down to get some popcorn. In so doing, they miss my cameo. Now the movie ends, and they say, ‘My God, we missed Stan’s cameo!’ So what do they do? They run to the box office and buy two more tickets and see it again. That’s why the movies do so well, because of my cameos."
  • "I don't know if I should tell you the truth about that cameo. It will kill your fun. I was not in the topless dancing place. I did that in the studio and then they put it into the movie, and I'm daamn mad about that!"
  • "I made them promise on the next one, I'm going to be right there."
  • "I've got to be there either next week or the week after, and I'm going to do three cameos for three different movies. Now, I don't know what the movies are. I don't know what the cameos are, but I know I'll damn well be there"
  • "Oh, he's wonderful! I was with him the other day. He is great! I can't believe it. It's as if we created a living being to be Spider-Man, and it turned out to be him."
  • "Unfortunately, this will frustrate you a little, I have a favorite but I can't tell you what it is, because it hasn't appeared yet. I did it -- I had to go to... where did I go? Somewhere on the East Coast in Georgia. Atlanta! I don't know, somewhere. But I had to go there and do three cameos for three movies at the same time. One of the cameos I did is for the... I can't even mention the movie?! Well, let me put it this way, it's a movie that will come out soon. You're gonna all want to see it because it's one of your favorites, and -- in that movie -- I have a cameo where I'm dressed up as... I won't tell them! But you are gonna love it!"
  • "If she is as good an actress as I hear she is, I think it’ll be absolutely wonderful. The colour of their skin doesn’t matter, their religion doesn’t matter. All that matters is that this the right person for the role."
  • "I was a little disappointed in the very first Fantastic Four, because I didn’t care for how Doctor Doom was portrayed. But other than that, I thought the movie was great. And the actors were terrific."
  • "I believe they captured the spirit and the intent of all of the characters, and I’m delighted with how they all turned out. None of them have disappointed me. In fact, I think all of these movies have come out better than everybody ever thought they would…Even the early ones were good. Maybe I’m just my own biggest fan."
  • "I think it’s a great idea. I wish I had thought of it. I can’t wait to see that gal, I can’t wait to see that movie, and I think the public will love it."


Stan was married to Joan Lee from 1947 till her death in 2017.


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