It's the end of an era. Well, no, let's not be melodramatic. It's a brief break from tradition. Stan 'The Man' Lee, co-creator of most of Marvel Comics' most famous characters, series and franchises, will not have a cameo in this summer's X-Men: First Class, according to Lee himself. On his Twitter page yesterday (@TheRealStanLee), the mustachioed and besunglassed icon revealed the following:
"Incredible as it may seemeth, NO CAMEO doth appear of thy beloved Generalissimo in “X-Men 1st Class!” I pause whilst thy shock sinketh in"
He followed with several updates:
"Mayhap ‘tis but a sly ruse to lure fans into buying TWO admissions. “How?” asketh thee. Consider thou this---"
"Not seeing thy leader’s cameo, fans will feel they somehow blinked at the wrong time and buy another ticket to remedy that indiscretion"
"So, if “X-Men 1st Class” breaketh all at6tendance records, we and we alone shall knoweth the reason why. Excelsior!"
Humble guy, that Lee. And mad props to Geekscape for catching this first.
Lee's longstanding history of Marvel movie cameos dates back to the 1989 TV movie The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, in which he played a jury foreman. Since then he's had blink-and-you'll miss them appearances in 14 Marvel movies, with two to come in this summer's First Avenger: Captain America and next year's Amazing Spider-Man. Our favorites were in both of the Fantastic Four movies, in which he first appeared as the beloved postman Willie Lumpkin, and then appeared as himself, getting denied entry to Mr. Fantastic and The Invisible Woman's wedding (a nod to the comic book in which they originally wed, during which both Lee and co-creator Jack Kirby appeared as failed gatecrashers).
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