Avengers Endgame (Spoilers!): Stan Lee's Cameo, Explained
Marvel continues to pay its respects to the man who defined it.
Avengers: Endgame set new box office records as it gave fans the chance to see how the events of Infinity War--and the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date--panned out. As the Infinity Saga, which the last 11 years of movies have been dubbed, comes to a conclusion, it still leaves quite a few questions, from what the ending means to what Easter eggs were hidden throughout the film. One of the biggest concerns, though, is whether Marvel's Stan Lee would have his customary cameo in the film. Here's the answer. Warning: The following contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame.
As you'll remember, Lee died in late 2018 at 95 years old. Captain Marvel was the first movie released after his death, and it featured a special tribute to him beyond the standard cameo. It was previously confirmed that the Marvel Comics icon had also filmed a cameo for Avengers: Endgame, there was no telling what it was, if it would actually end up in the movie, or how the cameo itself fit into the story. Consider this your last warning: If you haven't seen Endgame yet, stop now. We're going into spoiler territory, so continue forward at your own peril.
As it turns out, Lee does, in fact, have a cameo appearance in the movie. It's a simple but funny moment somewhere near the middle of the film, in a scene which finds Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans) on a mission. The scene opens on a car license plate, pulling back to reveal the driver of the vehicle is Lee's character, with a woman in the passenger seat. As they drive by a military base, Lee's character shouts "Make love, not war" out the window. Fittingly, the car has a bumper sticker that reads, "Nuff said." The phrase is one Lee used often in his Stan Lee's Soapbox editorials in Marvel comic books. He also said the phrase as part of his cameo in Spider-Man 3.
It's worth noting this will be the final cameo for Lee in the MCU, which is very fitting given this film is wrapping up the first decade of storytelling in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Speaking to RadioTimes, co-director Joe Russo said of Lee's role in Endgame, "Obviously it was exceedingly sad that this cameo was his final appearance, but I do think what was shot was very fitting."
For more on Avengers: Endgame, make sure to check out our review of the movie, as well as whether or not the film has a post-credits scene. And, for your own safety, here's when it's safe to run to the bathroom during the three-hour film.
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