Marvel legend Stan Lee would undoubtedly be remembered years down the line as one of the most prominent figures of pop culture. His recent death was no doubt a sad day for fans of comic books but his legacy and work lives on forever through the numerous incarnations of his iconic characters. From Spider-Man, Captain-America or the Hulk, we see the significance of his creations present throughout particularly in the world of cinema. Of course we’re talking about comic books films particularly the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which we’ve seen loads of cameos from the Marvel legend.
There are probably a lot of fond memories by many of the cast and crew of the films cause Lee has always been a rad dude. Marvel boss Kevin Feige also seems to have a lot of fond memories of the man, recalling his last meeting with the man two weeks before his death.
Feige wrote an open farewell letter to Lee via EW discussing much on how big of inspiration Lee was as a storyteller. He also reflected on his last meeting with Lee as they discuss the future of Lee’s cameos in the MCU. Feige said:
“I went to his house to see him, and he reminisced about the cameos. We were talking about what was coming up, always looking to the future. Did he know that his time was running out? I don’t know. In hindsight, he was slightly more wistful than I’d seen him before. He talked about the past more than I had ever heard him talk about the past. So maybe on some level, he knew.”
Maybe he did but who knows? Lee was always a great personality to behold and Feige himself obviously knew that, highlight Lee’s sense of humor. He said:
“When I sat down by his chair in our last meeting, the very first thing he said was ‘I know you want me to star in the next movie, but I have to just stick to the cameos. You’ll have to leave the starring roles to the other actors. I’m sorry’. He would show up to the movie sets game for anything. But one thing he would always do is try to add more lines. He always would joke — but not really joke — about wanting more lines, although he understood why we couldn’t. God forbid he would start to overshadow the hero. That was something a character like Stan Lee could easily do.”
Honestly, that sounds like a pretty cool idea to be honest. Like a film about the characters he cameos and how they’re one but yeah, that’s just wishful thinking at this point. Lee may be gone but his work will endure forever and we can still see a couple more cameos in the future with Captain Marvel and Avengers 4. They’re gonna be some tears in the theater.