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Why Sam Raimi Originally Said No to Stan Lee Cameo in Spider-Man

Why Sam Raimi Originally Said No to Stan Lee Cameo in Spider-Man
Director Sam Raimi admits that he wasn't originally into the idea of having a Stan Lee cameo in Spider-Man. Raimi ended up helming all three installments of the Spider-Man franchise, which starred Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker. The director got his start in the horror genre, and Lee originally approached him about working together in the early 1990s after Raimi made Darkman. At that time, Raimi really wanted to make a Thor movie, but the studio was not interested in making comic book movies in 1991.

Attitudes about the comic book movie started to shift by the late 90s, which is when Sam Rami was brought on board for what would become 2002's Spider-Man. Marvel head Avi Arad told Rami that he wanted a Stan Lee cameo in the movie, but the director originally said no. Sam Raimi said, "No. I know Stan, and he can't act." However, Arad kept pushing,
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Stan Lee Once Surprised Robert Downey Jr. At His 50th Birthday

Following Stan Lee‘s tragic death on Monday at the age of 95, those who knew him or were lucky enough to get to meet him have been sharing stories online that remind us how kind, generous and just generally how much fun he was as a person. Case in point, this anecdote which recalls how Lee surprised Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr,. at his birthday party a few years ago.

According to Lee’s longtime manager Brad Herman, the comic book legend was invited to Downey Jr.’s big 50th birthday bash but couldn’t make it. So he sent a note to the Tony Stark actor on – what else? – Spider-Man stationary. In typical Stan style, the note read: “May Destiny grant you good health and much time. You deserve so much more than this simple rhyme.” He signed off with his classic catchphrase: “Excelsior.”

As it turns out,
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Spider-Man Director Didn’t Want Stan Lee To Have A Cameo In The Film

The first major feature-length Marvel Comics adaptation to include the late Stan Lee was 2000’s X-Men, so by the time 2002’s Spider-Man went into production, these cameos had yet to be solidified as an established tradition, and apparently director Sam Raimi wasn’t too happy with the idea.

Speaking to THR, the filmmaker recalled how producer Avi Arad pushed him into giving Lee some screen time in Peter Parker’s first cinematic outing:

“I got the job for Spider-Man in 1999. And [Marvel head] Avi Arad said, ‘I want you to put Stan in the movie.’ And I was like, ‘No. I know Stan, and he can’t act.’ And Avi was, ‘I want him in the movie. We did it for X-Men, we’re doing it here.’ Now imagine you’re a minor director in England doing Macbeth and you’re told, ‘Put the writer in the play.’ It sounds absurd.
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Dave Bautista Thanks Stan Lee For Inspiring Him

Once the news broke that Stan Lee had passed away, the internet quickly flooded with an overwhelming number of messages from fans and acquaintances thanking the legendary comic book creator for his work.

Among these many tributes is one from Dave Bautista, who recalled in a tweet how starstruck he always was in the presence of the man:

“He was always good to me and I giggled like a kid every time he said my name. Stan Lee knows my name,wow! I was always so star struck that I don’t think I ever thanked him for inspiring me. Through his characters and through his life. Thank you Stan”

These days, Bautista looks to have experienced a bit of a falling out with Marvel Studios over the controversial firing of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, with the Drax actor admitting that he’s not sure if he
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Samuel L. Jackson Thanks Stan Lee In Moving Tribute Message

It’s been a tough week for Marvel fans the world over as the legend that was Stan Lee passed away on Monday, at the grand age of 95. Twitter has been awash with comic book creators, movie stars and fans paying their respects to the great man whose work touched so many of our lives. And Nick Fury himself, Samuel L. Jackson, is among them, penning a beautifully-put tribute to Lee.

“Thank you @TheRealStanLee,” Jackson wrote,” for the escape from this world & great joy inhabiting the ones you created!! You made so many believe in the good, the heroic, the villainous, the exciting, most of all, you were giving & gracious to us all. Rip.”

Of course, Jackson has the honor of playing one of Lee’s creations in the indefatigable S.H.I.E.L.D. director, though strictly speaking, the McU’s Nick Fury is based on the Ultimate version,
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Stan Lee Wanted To Make More Marvel Cameos Before He Died

Few people have a better understanding of Stan Lee’s immense contributions to comic book history than the man who took over his role as Marvel Comics Eic, Roy Thomas. So when the news broke earlier this week of the writer’s passing, it figures that Lee’s old friend and colleague had some reverent words to say about the legend, while also recalling his continued enthusiasm for his patented Marvel movie cameos.

Speaking to Bleeding Cool, Thomas reminisced about Lee’s final days, saying that he was still keen to return to the big screen so long as it didn’t create too many problems:

“At that time, it was obvious that he lacked much of the old Stan Lee energy that everybody had got to know at conventions and in movie cameos, but when I asked him about future cameos, he expressed a real interest in making them,
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Kevin Feige Teases Stan Lee Surprises In Upcoming Marvel Studios Movies

Stan Lee’s passing was a sad day for all. Over the last 50 years, his groundbreaking comic book work in the 1960s and beyond dominated the genre and went a long way to making Marvel Comics what it is today, which itself spawned the outrageously successful and critically beloved Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as the X-Men franchise and myriad other standalone features.

And though those films might have spanned multiple planets and eras, there’s been one constant throughout all of them: a cheeky and often humorous cameo by Lee himself. In fact, he became so notorious for popping up that he made an appearance in the PlayStation 4 smash Marvel’s Spider-Man and, even more unexpectedly, in the DC film Teen Titans Go! To The Movies.

Though you’d expect these to finish now, it’s been widely reported that Marvel Studios (presumably conscious of Lee’s age) shoot
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Avengers 4 Star Sebastian Stan Shares His Memories Of Stan Lee

As the world continues to process the news of Stan Lee’s passing, many McU regulars have offered their heartfelt thoughts and reflections on the man who helped make Marvel what it is today. Among these tributes is one from Sebastian Stan, who’s had a decades-spanning journey through this comic book universe in the role of Bucky Barnes.

Speaking to Collider, the star shared a quick memory from the times he met Lee in person.

“I only met him a few times,” Stan said. “I never got a full one-on-one with him but he was always like, ‘Remember, Bucky’s one of the good ones. Bucky’s a good guy.’”

Though Lee himself wasn’t involved in the creation of Captain America’s oldest friend, his work as a writer proved fundamental in shaping the universe the character now occupies.

Relive All Of Stan Lee's Marvel Cameos With This
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Venom passes $700 million at the global box office

Thanks in no small part to a bumper opening weekend in China (the second-biggest for a superhero movie after this year’s Avengers: Infinity War), Sony’s Venom has now taken its global box office haul beyond the $700 million mark.

It’s certainly an impressive feat for the Tom Hardy-headlined film, considering the heavy criticism that Sony came in for when it first announced that it would be moving ahead with Spider-Man spinoff movies sans Marvel Studios, not to mention a negative reaction to the first Venom-less trailer, and stinging reviews from critics.

The $100 million-budgeted blockbuster is now expected to reach $800 million globally, which would put it ahead of The Amazing Spider-Man ($757.9 million) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($709 million), along with Sam Rami’s Spider-Man 2 ($783.8 million). Last year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, a co-production between Marvel and Sony, earned $880.2 million worldwide.

See Also: The success of Venom may
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New Featurette Lands For The Upcoming ‘Aquaman’

Warner Bros. Pictures has released a new look at their upcoming big-budget superhero movie Aquaman, which arrives in cinemas in December. The video is a new featurette taking us all behind the scenes of the new movie, which is brought to the screen by James Wan.

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From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king.

The film also stars Amber Heard as Mera, a fierce warrior and Aquaman’s ally throughout his journey; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe as Vulko,
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Kevin Feige Says Stan Lee Loved Every One Of His Cameos

Once the news broke that Stan Lee had passed away, the internet quickly flooded with tributes from stars and filmmakers who felt indebted to the writer for his unparalleled contributions to the superhero genre. And as a man whose career is utterly inseparable from the Marvel brand, it figures that Kevin Feige would be full of kind words for the legendary comic book creator.

The current Marvel Studios head met Lee on his first major film job as associate producer for 2000’s X-Men, for which Stan Lee would shoot the first in a long line of Marvel movie cameos. Since then, the pair have reunited many times, and in an interview with THR, Feige recalled how Lee would always bring some fresh energy to the on-set atmosphere.

“It would be a holiday on set, when he came to do this cameos. That’s how much he inspired people. Whether it
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Relive All Of Stan Lee’s Marvel Cameos With This Awesome Gallery

Which Marvel hero has shown up in more films than any of the Avengers or the X-Men? That’s right, it’s the one and only Stan Lee, who’d been a fixture of nearly every production from the House of Ideas for the past two decades. Whether it was released by Disney, Fox or Sony, the industry legend was always welcome to appear for a cameo in the latest film based on the franchise that he gave birth to, and nearly every single time he popped up, it was a treat for fans.

Known primarily for creating such iconic characters as Spider-Man, Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four and so many other great Marvel heroes and villains, Lee also became the undisputed king of cameos in his lifetime. From Captain America: Civil War and The Defenders to this year’s Avengers: Infinity War, not a Marvel movie – or TV show!
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Kevin Feige Teases Future Stan Lee Cameos

Even among filmgoers who’ve never touched a comic book, Stan Lee is still a recognizable figure for his traditional Marvel movie cameos. And though the legendary writer is no longer with us, you can expect to see him at least a couple more times on our screens in upcoming McU releases like Captain Marvel and Avengers 4.

In fact, with directors Anthony and Joe Russo explaining earlier this year that Lee’s cameos were filmed in bulk, there’s no telling how many more McU appearances the late publisher might still have to go. In an interview with Variety, however, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige thought it best that Lee’s future screen outings stayed a mystery for the time being:

“I’m not going to tell you what specifically, but Stan always appreciated a good surprise.”

Feige offered much the same line when he spoke to THR, suggesting that
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X-Men: Dark Phoenix Will Not Feature A Stan Lee Cameo

Fans are still reeling from the sad news that legendary Marvel creator Stan Lee passed away yesterday at the grand age of 95. It’ll be hard to come to terms with the fact that we won’t see Stan The Man show up for a welcome cameo in Marvel movies in the future, but thankfully, Marvel StudiosKevin Feige has suggested that Lee already filmed a few cameos for next year’s McU outings which we can look forward to.

However, don’t expect to see Lee show up in X-Men: Dark Phoenix. The pic based on the mutant super-team co-created by Stan won’t feature the customary cameo from the Marvel icon, according to EW, as the tale of Jean Grey’s descent into the dangerous Dark Phoenix entity will be “taking a more grounded, gritty approach.”

We can certainly see the logic here, as Lee’s cameos typically
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Kevin Feige Recalls His First Time Meeting Stan Lee On X-Men Set

Kevin Feige has a long history of bringing Marvel comics to the screen that goes back beyond the launch of the McU to his work as associate producer on 2000’s X-Men. It’s here that the Marvel Studios head met the man who helped lay the foundations for so much of the work Feige would go on to do, and in an interview with Deadline, he reflected on this first encounter with the late Stan Lee.

The original X-Men movie would kick off the tradition of Lee getting cameos in every major Marvel film, and when Feige had his first meeting with the legendary writer on the set, he saw an energy in the figure that would stay in him right up until his final days.

“Every meeting with Stan Lee was better than the last,” Feige told Deadline. “That’s been true from the first time I met him
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Watch Marvel’s Incredibly Touching Tribute Video To Stan Lee

Stan Lee was a unique creative force and his characters are famous worldwide, adored by practically every living generation and currently the biggest box office draw on the planet. With his death yesterday, many are taking stock of the total creative output in his lifetime, concluding that perhaps not since Walt Disney has one man’s creative vision influenced the world of entertainment so greatly. And now, in one of the best tributes I’ve seen to date, Marvel Entertainment has released a video explaining exactly what he meant to the company.

Opening with footage of Stan Lee speaking to the camera in 1968 (it’s surreal seeing him this young), we gradually move through photographs and videos of his life while contemporary forces at Marvel talk about their experiences with Lee, including Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, Senior Vice President Tom Brevoort, President of Marvel Entertainment Dan Buckley and Sana Amanat,
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Donnell Rawlings Remembers Stan Lee With Hilarious 'Spider-Man 2' Story

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Donnell Rawlings Remembers Stan Lee With Hilarious 'Spider-Man 2' Story
Stan Lee was supposed to deliver one of the most memorable lines in "Spider-Man 2," according to Donnell Rawlings ... who ended up replacing the late Marvel legend. We got Don at Lax soon after we broke the news that Stan had passed away, and he had a hilarious story for us about his cameo in the original "Spider-Man" sequel. In case you've forgotten, Donnell briefly shows up when Tobey Maguire goes swinging with pizzas in hand.
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Here’s Every Single Stan Lee Marvel Cameo

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Here’s Every Single Stan Lee Marvel Cameo
Stan Lee was a God to fans of comic books and superhero movies around the world, and many viewed Lee’s short-but-sweet cameos as the best parts of Marvel films. As a tribute to the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics, who died at age 95 on Monday, we’ve compiled a list of all his cameos in the Marvel universe.

The Trial of the Incredible Hulk” (1989)

Lee made his first cameo nearly 30 years ago in the TV movie, as a jury member in “David” Banner’s (Hulk’s alter-ego) imagined trial.

X-Men” (2000)

Stan Lee’s feature film cameo (unfortunately his “Blade” appearance was left on the cutting room floor) was in the premiere “X-Men” flick. Fans spotted him selling hot dogs on the beach while the recently transformed Senator Kelly emerges from the waves.

“Spider-Man” (2002)

When the Green Goblin causes an explosion, Lee was the bystander who shields a young girl from debris.
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All 35 Stan Lee Marvel Movie Cameos Ranked, Including ‘Venom’ (Photos)

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Every time a new Marvel movie comes out, the one thing hardcore fans can count on is a special cameo from comic book legend Stan Lee. Some have been fun surprises, while others have been underwhelming. Here’s the definitive list of every Stan Lee appearance through “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” ranked from boring to excelsior!

35.) “Deadpool 2” (2018)

The bottom of this list consists of Lee’s “blink and you’ll miss it” cameos. In “Deadpool 2,” he doesn’t actually appear in the movie in person — he pops up as a huge wall mural that’s a bit tough to spot, and gone almost immediately.

34.) “Spider-Man 2” (2004)

Another super-quick Lee cameo, but during the first fight between Spidey and Doc Ock, Lee sees enough screen time to pull a women out of harm’s way. Watch the clip here.

33.) “Spider-Man” (2002)

Same here. Lee gets a freeze-frame shot during one
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Aquaman’s Jason Momoa And Amber Heard To Take Epic Journey Across Seven Seas On Multi-City Global Tour

Beginning this month and through the film’s December 21 release, the director and stars of Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming action-packed “Aquaman” will journey across four continents to bring the film to fans and moviegoers around the world! Throughout the tour, Wan and the cast will participate in live-stream activities and engage fans at events and through social media:

November 18 – Beijing: Film Footage Screening and Fan Event November 26 – London: Live Stream World Premiere December 1 – New York City: Fan Event December 11 – Manila: Asian Premiere and Fan Event December 12 – Los Angeles: Live Stream U.S. Premiere December 14 – Miami: Press Day December 18 – Gold Coast: Australian Premiere December 19 – Sydney: Fan Event December 21 – Hawaii: Special Event Screening

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human,
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