Stan Lee is, arguably, the most influential comic book creator in American history. His passing yesterday, 11/12/18, at the age of 95, left a superhero-sized hole in the hearts of countless people around the world. His characters, from Spiderman and Black Panther and Thor, to the ensemble groups like the X-Men and the Fantastic Four and, in 1963, The Avengers, have become virtually synonymous with pop culture in the United States.
RIP Stan Lee
But he was a character in and of himself, known for his sense of humor and dry wit, as well as his compassion and imagination. As Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger said in a statement after Lee’s passing,
“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created… A superhero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain and to connect. The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart.”
This was evident, for those who wanted a glimpse of the master beyond the pages of his comic books and characters, in the many movies in which he appeared over the years. Starting with The Trial of the Incredible Hulk in 1989 and finishing with 2018’s The Avengers: Infinity War, Lee appeared in dozens of the screen adaptations of his work – and as a tribute to his greatness, a few others not based on his work as well, like Kevin Smith’s 1995 film Mallrats (shot here in Minnesota, at Eden Prairie Mall), in which Stan helps wayward Jason Lee find his way back to the love of his life.
His presence as the godfather of comics will certainly be missed. At least – though it’s of little consolation – we’ll always have his screen time. Click to watch the video of each and every single one of his cameos, in chronological order, above.