Stan Lee Interviewed

     December 19, 2007

The other day I did something that the kid in me couldn’t believe, I interviewed Stan Lee! While I haven’t read comic books in years, growing up you’d be hard pressed to find me without a copy of “Spider-Man” in my hand. I loved the universe that Stan Lee created and if you had told me years ago that one day I’d be able to ask Stan some questions…. I would have never believed you.

In case you’re wondering, the interview took place on the red carpet at the Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival here in Los Angeles. Stan was there to get a Lifetime Achievement Award and before the ceremony started he walked the carpet and answered some questions.

When you read the interview you’ll see that I tried to get him to tell me what his cameo was in next summer’s “Iron Man.” While he would only say it was funny, when Stan took the stage to get the award he told the audience about the cameo. Since I wasn’t taping, what I remember him saying was that his character was dressed like Hugh Hefner and he was with 3 girls and had a pipe in his mouth. I’d imagine this scene takes place at a party, like the one we see in the trailer. I’m also sure it’s going to get a huge laugh with his fans next summer when they see it. He also said that he hasn’t filmed his “Hulk” cameo yet.

Anyway, during the five or so minutes I spoke with Stan I asked the majority of questions. But someone standing next to me asked two or three so I labeled those accordingly.

If you’re a fan of Stan or just of Marvel movies you’ll definitely like this interview, as Stan talks about what might be coming up and what’s going on with his company POW! Media.

As always, you can either read the transcript or listen to the audio as an MP3 by clicking here.

Collider: How are you doing Sir? It’s an honor to meet you.

Stan Lee: Well, it’s an honor to be met.

Collider: I wanted to ask as a legend in comics, are you constantly surprised at how much the studios are still making comic book movies?

Stan Lee: No, I’m not surprised at all. They’re the biggest money makers there are.

Collider: And so obviously you do guest appearances in all the movies of Marvel…

Stan Lee: We call them cameos.

Collider: What can fans look forward to for this summer with “Iron Man” and with “Hulk”?

Stan Lee: I have the greatest cameo in “Iron Man”. I’m not going to tell you what it is but it’s very funny and when you see it you’ll remember I told you that. I haven’t done my “Hulk” cameo yet. I don’t know what it will be.

Collider: And how instrumental are you in creating the cameo that you’ll be?

Stan Lee: Not at all.

Collider: They just tell you?

Stan Lee: I have nothing to do with it. The director usually dreams it up.

Collider: Are you looking forward to doing your cameo in “Thor”?

Stan Lee: In every one of them. Of course, of course! Maybe they’ll have me carrying a hammer.

Collider: So what does tonight actually mean to you—getting the award?

Stan Lee: I’ll let you know after I get it. I don’t know what to expect. I don’t know what’s happening even.

Question: So what do we have coming from Pow Media? Anything?

Stan Lee: Oh, yeah. I’ve got 3 movies that are being developed at Disney. We’re working on some television shows. We’re working on an animated movie with Paris Hilton and another one with Ringo Starr.

Question: Is Ringo a feature?

Stan Lee: Pardon me?

Question: Is it going to be a feature?

Stan Lee: No, it’s going to be an animated…I don’t know whether it will be…maybe it’ll be a DVD…maybe it’ll be a series. It’ll start out as a movie and then we’ll decide which way to go. And we’re working on about a dozen other things that I’m not allowed to mention because as you can imagine the studios like to make the first announcement.

Collider: I was going to say has the writer’s strike affected anything that you’re involved in?

Stan Lee: Oh yeah. Everything has slowed down. We have to wait until the strike is over, yeah. It’s unfortunate because I like to keep moving. But I’m glad we have the award tonight. It gives me something to do.

Question: Do you think it took the younger generation of filmmakers who loved Marvel so much to rise up in the studio system to really make Marvel movies and really tell the studio executives—let us do it right?

Stan Lee: I don’t have to tell them. They’re always looking for people. In the natural course of events you guys will end up coming in there.

Collider: I was just going to ask but like do you have a preference with all the Marvel characters being made into big movies, are you hopeful for one character that hasn’t been done…?

Stan Lee: They’re all being done. Every one of them. I can’t think of an important Marvel that isn’t being primed for a movie.

Collider: Well, let’s talk about… there was a sort of joke and then it became sort of serious online about Power Pack or like a kids kind of Marvel thing?

Stan Lee: They’ve been talking about…now they’re not working on it but they have been discussing whether to do it—Power Pack.

Collider: So is it really going to be… we’re going into the vault and we’re taking it all?

Stan Lee: Yeah, they’ll be doing “Submariner”, “Captain America”, “The Avengers”, “Nick Fury”, “Shields”.

Question: And you’re going to star in every single one of them.

Stan Lee: Well, sure they want people to come to the theatre.

Question: You’re going to be the ‘Submariner”…you’re going to be all of them.

Stan Lee: No, but I’m going to do a cameo. I’ll probably be one of the fishes.

Collider: So what was your reaction…have you actually…has Jon showed you any of the footage of “Iron Man”?

Stan Lee: No. I haven’t seen it.

Collider: Now, you’ve heard though that Sam Jackson is playing “Nick Fury”?

Stan Lee: He’s a great guy. I met him the other night in Las Vegas. What a nice guy. I can’t think of a better guy to be “Nick Fury” than Sam Jackson.

Collider: Are you hopeful that that’s going to be possibly one of the sooner than later of the films to come?

Stan Lee: I don’t know because I don’t know their schedule and they can only do so many at a time. But it will come whether it’s earlier or…I hope they’ll all be…I wish they’d all come out at one time. I mean, I love them and I can’t wait but it’s up to the studio to determine. I have nothing to say about when they come out.

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