Stan Lee Won’t Appear in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST; Plus, Watch All of His Cameos to Date

     August 23, 2013


Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past aims to unite mutants from two different timelines on screen, but one familiar face who won’t be featured is that of comics legend Stan Lee.  Known for making brief cameos in Marvel films (that are arguably either a fun bit of fan service or awkwardly distracting), Lee has appeared in 17 superhero movies in the last 13 years.  Though 2000′s X-Men was his first appearance, that particular franchise has proven the most inconsistent, as he only had cameos in the original film and X-Men: The Last Stand.  While his trend of absences in X-Men films will continue with X-Men: Days of Future Past, this isn’t the end of his cameo days; fans can look forward to seeing Lee in future Marvel movies for sure.  Hit the jump for more.

Bleeding Cool reports that stan-lee-cameoLee informed the audience at Toronto’s Fan Expo that he could have filmed a cameo for Singer’s new film in Montreal this weekend, but chose to visit the convention instead.  Lee’s age – he’ll turn 91 this December – may have been a factor in his absence from James Mangold’s The Wolverine, as the Australia/Japan shooting locations were a bit too far for him to travel.

In addition to the two X-Men films he made appearances in, Lee popped up in various disguises in all three Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies, plus Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil, both Hulk and The Incredible Hulk, the two Fantastic Four movies, all three Iron Man movies, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger and last year’s The Avengers.  Lee is expected to appear in Webb’s follow-up, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, especially since he tossed in some of his own ideas for the part.  It’s also pretty clear that he’ll be showing up in Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which directors Joe and Anthony Russo talked about here.  It’s safe to say that we can expect Lee to continue his cameos as long as Marvel is making movies; here’s hoping for a long run for both of them!

You can watch all of Lee’s cameos up to and including Iron Man 3 below:

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  • Tom

    I can live with that. That’s better than putting him in movie no matter what.

  • Calderon

    Understandably, I’m not a fanboy of the original Marvel comics. Understandably, I don’t understand what is the hype behind Stan Lee, the co-creator of the crux of the Marvel comic book universe, showing up for like two seconds in many movies. The point is, his contributions and legacy strongly lie within the innumerable comic book storylines he created, and such a cameo in a feature film only draws attention to itself rather than bringing the adapted story onscreen to its full potential.

  • The_Dark_One

    Oh thank god. I get tired of seeing him in the movies, even for a second.

  • Leo Spaceman

    What they should have done for the Wolverine Cameo, which by the way I never even noticed his absense, would be in the post credits scene, which I didn’t even know about and despise myself for missing, have him be the guy in line right in front of wolverine and could have easily had him in for a brief moment at the very beginning, no words or dialogue, right before walking off and then THWAP! its Magneto Bitches! and the rest goes along as normal

  • 80sRobot

    I don’t mind his cameos. The problem is that most of them have been shoe-horned in, where he has to say something unnecessarily. If he simply appears as an extra (e.g. GRUMPY MAN STANDING IN LINE AT STARBUCKS) or bystander who says something that fits — such as taking on a very small role that would go to an actor, then it works.

    • Leo Spaceman

      Personally I think the one that worked the best was in Thor. It was just a fun scene with none of the main cast in it, but needed to explain how no one moves Thor’s Mallet but Thor (when he’s worthy). Since the tone of the scene was right and it would have been some no name extra paid 10 dollars for the scene, it could be considered an appropriate time to have him show up with out being a distraction from the actual film.

  • Jordan T Bauer

    where’s the outrage?

  • OhYesHeWill

    There will be a cameo, they’ll be green screening it shot in L.A.

  • dungeons and draccus’s

    Long live Stan. Stan the Man.

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