James Gunn Directed Stan Lee’s Upcoming Marvel Cameos

James Gunn Directed Stan Lee’s Upcoming Marvel Cameos

By Amanda Joyce Oct 31, 2016 09:16 AM
Photo Credit: Marvel Studios

At this point, Marvel fans know that if you’re heading out to see a film set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you’re going to see Stan Lee on screen at least once. The former Marvel comic book writer and editor gets a producer credit and a cameo in every MCU project. This year, he did something unusual and filmed a series of cameos back-to-back instead of appearing on several different film sets. Now, we know which MCU director got to work with Lee. James Gunn got the comic book legend in front of the camera.

Gunn, who filmed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in Atlanta, Georgia earlier this year, was the director on hand when Lee flew down to pay a visit to Pinewood Studios. Of course, part of Spider-Man: Homecoming’s filming overlapped with Guardians, but it was Gunn who got to film the bulk of the cameos.

Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson revealed that Gunn was the man behind the camera for Lee’s cameos when he spoke with Entertainment Weekly recently. He explained that Gunn spent an entire day filming with Lee, texting Derrickson in between takes to make sure the scenes looked good for the upcoming movies.

Once word got out, Gunn shared his own behind-the-scenes take on working with Lee, though he revealed that he only filmed three of the four cameos that are coming up. He shared on his Facebook page:

“...it was definitely one of the most fun times I’ve ever had on set. There are few people in this world I love and admire more and have more fun with than Stan Lee. Even though he does love breaking my, and everyone else’s balls (I introduced him to Tom Holland for the first time and he said, ‘Everyone says you’re great! Personally, I don’t see it.’)...

If you’ve seen the Doctor Strange cameo, it was one of MANY versions I shot on the day, and Scott Derrickson chose the final one. If I’m writing for Stan, why give him one line when I can give him a thousand? I just kept throwing lines at him one after the other, until we were all doubled over with laughter. Someday, after you’ve seen the movie, maybe Marvel Studios will let me share some of those with you.”

Marvel does like to show alternate versions of scenes or extended versions of scenes on DVD and blu-ray releases along with their bloopers. Perhaps audiences will get to see some of the alternate takes for Lee’s cameos then. It’ll be a long wait though as most of these cameos will be revealed next year.

Stan Lee’s first cameo in this batch will be in Doctor Strange, out in theaters on November 4. Next year, audiences will be able to spot him in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok, all releasing in 2017.

Though Lee didn’t film (as far as we know) any cameos for Marvel’s Netflix shows, he did appear in photographs as a police officer in previous chapters, so we’ll likely see more photos of Lee in Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher, all set to debut on Netflix in 2017 as well.

Lee’s had a busy year. In addition to filming his four cameos, he’s been making a slew of final convention appearances across the United States and Canada, had October 23 be labeled Stan Lee Day, signed deals to create a series of children's’ books, and even nabbed an honorary doctorate.

Tags: Doctor Strange (2016), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Stan Lee, James Gunn, Scott Derrickson, Marvel Cinematic Universe
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