Marvel has officially ended all Stan Lee cameos in the MCU, following the comic creator’s death in 2018. The creator featured in numerous films through the years, including Spider-Man, Thor and Iron Man.
Lee’s last major cameo was in Endgame, although he was digitally recreated for the scene. His last true cameo was in the form of Captain Marvel in 2019, which was released in the year following his death.
Lee was one of the primary creative directors for Marvel for over two decades. The creator was partly responsible for creating characters like Spider-Man, Hulk, Ant-Man and Black Panther amongst many, many others.
Lee’s cameos were always a highlight, and the comic creator always perfectly managed to capture the tone and essence of any scene he was in.
Confirmations of Marvel’s new policy arrived from an unlikely source. Al Jean, aka the man most synonymous with The Simpsons, confirmed the change in a recent interview with Comicbook. Jean confirmed the change in policy after asking Disney if the latest Simpsons special The Good, The Bart, and the Loki could include a Lee cameo.
“We just thought, ‘Oh, we have Stan Lee audio from when he was on our show, could we cameo him in?’ And they said that their policy is he doesn’t cameo now that he’s passed away, which is a completely understandable policy.
“That was their only note and that was, of course, easily done… Believe me, I respect that these franchises have a great power beyond ours. I respect it,” added Jean.
Stan Lee’s popularity rose in the early 2000s alongside the introduction of Marvel and DC superheroes in Hollywood.However, his first true Marvel cameo was in The Trial of the Incredible Hulk where he played a jury member.
11 years later, Lee appeared in X-Men, although he was more of a background character compared to his more prominent roles.