Stan Lee is one of the chief architects of Marvel universe. He is sometimes called as Mickey Mouse of the Marvel universe. Some people call him the “God of Marvel comics”. He is the creator of popular Marvel superhero comics like Hulk, Thor, Spiderman, Fantastic Four, X-Men etc. In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, it was revealed that he is “The Watchers’” informant in every MCU movie till now.
In a recent interview with SyfyWire.com, he talked about the life and times in the comic-book industry. But out of nowhere, he insisted on giving Silver surfer movie a second chance on a big screen. He feels in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, the character Norrin Radd was sidelined. He said:
“He’s the one I want to see more. He’s the most philosophical of all the characters I’ve ever worked on. And I have an idea for my cameo in that one!”
Silver Surfer is part of the Fantastic Four stable of characters whose rights are not owned by Marvel, but by 20th Century Fox. The Fantastic Four movie did’nt have a cameo of Stan Lee and as of now, there is no reboot in sight. There are rumors that the next F-4 movie will be about the children of Reed Richards and Sue Storm and unlikely to include Silver Surfer. Moreover, the 20th Century Fox is very unlikely to work with Marvel the way Sony worked in the new Spiderman franchise.
He is one of the most powerful characters of the Marvel universe. The humanoid in the form of metal first appeared in The Fantastic Four #48 in 1966. From animated series to the comic books, the character was well received by the comic book fans just after his inception. Like several other superheroes, Silver Surfer was brought all the way through a tragic story to make it big in the comic book world. His mother, Elmar Radd, was not comfortable living her life on Zenn-La, the family’s home planet. His father, Jartan, was a thief and he committed suicide in one of the crimes.
Unlike Captain America’s shield and Thor’s hammer, the Silver Surfer’s board is made up from the same material he is made of. That means the board is indestructible and possesses powers like him. Apart from the board, he has incredible powers like Power Cosmic that enable him to manipulate the universe’s energies, and possess superhuman strength, endurance, and senses. His power of telepathy has proven effective as he can read the minds of people around him.
He loves to be in front of a camera. He has featured in many MCU cameos before and expectations for his future appearances is pretty high. According to people connected with Thor: Ragnarok, his cameo is the funniest yet.
In a video montage, actor Chris Hemsworth and director Taika Waititi extended good wishes to Stan Lee and spoke highly about his cameo in the movie. Chris Hemsworth said to Stan “You did a cameo today, which is your best one yet, I think.” Taika Waititi said “I met you the other day. You came in and your cameo is one of the funniest things in the film.”
In the panel recently at Wizard World Nashville, it was revealed that Stan Lee has already shot five cameos for upcoming Marvel movies. They said: “What we can say about Avengers: Infinity War is that he filmed both parts, one and two. We did Ant-Man, we did Black Panther. We did Thor too.” In 2016, he filmed Doctor Strange, GOTG Vol. 2, Spiderman: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok. He is now heading straight to Atlanta to do another batch of four cameos for Avengers Infinity War, Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp and Avengers 4. Stan will remain busy as he may feature in three upcoming X-Men movies as well as Venom and Silver & Black in the future.
In an interview, Stan reminisced about his favorite and least favorite cameos, his all-time favorite will always be Avengers: Age of Ultron. He said:
“Oh yeah, my favorite is when I’m drinking with Thor in the second Avengers movie. When I was with him at the bar and he was drinking a strong drink from Asgard. And I told him, ‘Hey, let me have a sip. And he says, ‘No, it’s too strong for you.’ I’m like, ‘C’mon!’ So I take a sip, and the next scene, they’re carrying me out. The reason that one is my favorite of the ones I’ve done is that it’s the one cameo I’ve done that has two scenes. I figure that’s making me more of an actor. Pretty soon I’ll have three scenes then I’ll have four, and before you know it, I’ll be starring in a movie.”
Marvel’s The Defenders just came out on Netflix yesterday and it seems that Marvel has now found their ‘Chi’ once again after Iron Fist got mixed reviews when it came out. Fans and critics both have loved this street-level superhero team up and the internet is exploding. Fans all over the world are loving the show and especially the way all the characters and their story arcs are put into place and the way they all bonded with each other. All the supporting characters were also very rightly put into the story and no character was felt to be left out by the viewers. Each of them contributed equally to the plot.
The show is just amazing and each of the Defenders not just kicked a lot of ass, they complemented each other while doing it. It had adequate humor, a good plot, required an amount of darkness and a lot of action. It did not have any pacing problems like Iron Fist did and all the episodes ran very smoothly.
While, all the fans hoped that a surprise cameo from the Punisher should be there in the show, instead, we all got a cameo that we are more used to with Marvel stuff. Yes, Stan Lee was there on the show, not as a live person, but he had his trademark Netflix presence on the show. He has been featured in many of the company’s screen adaptations over the years, and The Defenders series on Netflix is no exception.
The series was just for 8 episodes so it did not take fans long to find out Marvel Easter Eggs present in the show and very quickly, viewers noticed the iconic smile of Stan The Man himself. In the third episode of The Defenders, Matt Murdock is walking down a crowded New York street. As he does, a poster comes into view over his right shoulder. Almost instantly, you’ll recognize the man on the poster as Stan Lee.
The poster is advertising something for the police department, which many fans of the Marvel shows on Netflix likely expected as this is how Stan Lee has been making his cameo’s on Marvel’s Netflix division and has made it a trademark. Throughout the other shows in this series – Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist – Stan Lee has been the face of the NYPD. Posters around the city have shown Lee as an important figure in the department, smiling out at all of the busy passersby.
The fan-fights among Marvel and DC cheerleaders is always vitriolic and passionate as both sides want to beat each other. There is always a debate among comic-book enthusiasts as to which camp is doing better – Marvel or DC. If we analyze the performance of both studios in terms of TRP’s on TV, clearly DC shows like Arrow, Flash etc. has a solid lead over Marvel (Daredevil, Agents of S.H.I.EL.D).
But on the big screen, DC is not even in the 10-mile radius of Marvel studios in terms of global box-office collections from its film projects (Wonder Woman is a saving grace for DC).
An interview with Stan Lee, the God of Marvel comics, with THR in 1977 went viral where he admitted to trolling DC comics about Marvel wins back in the day. He described DC’s lineup as “miserable” and admitted to doing everything to mess up DC’s publications. He said:
“They’ve been trying to catch up. They’re doing the best they can, bless their innocent little hearts. We used to have a lot of fun with them when we started outselling them. They studied our books, and they’d say, ‘You know, I noticed they use a lot of red on their covers. Maybe that’s it. And they would start putting a lot of red on their covers. The minute we would learn of that, we would take all the red off our covers. And our books still sold better, and that would drive them crazy.”
“It never occurred to them that we take the work a little more seriously and maybe we have a little bit more of a sense of humor. And maybe people don’t like things that are a little bit stuffy. They like things that are whimsical or humorous.”
Well, before Marvel fans rejoice, let me remind them that Marvel comics filed for bankruptcy in 1996 and DC is still standing. CHEERS!
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