We’re not sure if it’s part of a contractual deal or if it’s out of respect, but Stan Lee usually has cameos in the Marvel movies, and it’s fun to see how and where he’ll pop up. (It was especially fun to see him appear in Iron Man as Hugh Hefner.)
Now it has been revealed that Lee was going to meet his demise in Guardians of the Galaxy, but director James Gunn wisely decided against it. As Entertainment Weekly tells us, Lee was indeed going to be killed in Guardians, with the Collector’s museum blowing up, and Lee’s head rolling along the ground after the explosion.
Gunn also revealed that Howard the Duck ended up at the end of the film because Guardians was supposed to have a teaser for Avengers: Age of Ultron, but it would up at the end of Captain America: The Winter Solider instead. So Howard was put in his place as a goof, although longtime TG readers know I’d love to see a Howard reboot one day.
Stan the Man is currently 91, and it’s remarkable he’s still here. They say hanging out with younger people keeps you young, and we feel that the spirit of comics is keeping Lee going after all this time. We only hope that we have half the guy’s energy and spirit if we’re lucky enough to make it to our nineties.