At some point, just because of the shackles of the mortal human lifespan, Marvel movies will stop featuring Stan Lee (although I wouldn’t put some sort of hologram past them). The 93-year-old is still pretty spry, but he is also, you know, 93 — and comic book royalty — and should not be made to sit around a film set all day to put his cameos to screen. We reported a few months back that Lee had flown down to Atlanta to film the set, but we only now are learning who was behind the lens.
Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson revealed to EW on Friday that, “It’s a big deal for a 93-year-old man to go to a movie set and spend a day shooting.” So instead, he came in for a set of four this past summer, directed by James Gunn. As Derrickson went on to explain,
“James shot four cameos with Stan in one day [and] was texting me the frame. Does this look right? Does this look good?”
In the Marvel universe, sharing is caring! Gunn also wrote on Twitter today that the experience was “one of the most fun days of my life”
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 29, 2016
In September, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said of the filming that:
“We do not shoot random ones. They’re always specific. A couple of months ago in Atlanta, [Lee] flew down and we shot four in one day — for four various projects. They’re all awesome! They’re all totally different. And he was unbelievable. He was on fire. He came in, he sat here, he stood there, he stood in this window, and then he went home.”
Back to Doctor Strange, though Derrickson said he didn’t meet Lee before the premiere for the movie, “I talked to him on the phone, and he grilled me pretty well. By the end of the conversation, he was very happy.”
Are you happy that Gunn was the one to film the Lee cameos? Does it matter? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.