Stan Lee Cameos In Marvel Movies – A Definitive List

stan lee cameos

Excelsior! No Marvel experience is complete without an appearance by Stanley Martin Leiber, known to everyone as Stan Lee. Across pretty much every Marvel cinematic production, his cameos have frequently varied from brief “blink and you’ll miss it” moments to a performance that steals the show. Stan’s Easter Eggs in the Marvel universe are enigmatic but they don’t play too much on your mind whenever he appears. Who he is or why he’s there isn’t too important, as every moment is guaranteed to make you smile.

Here’s a list of the best Stan Lee cameos in Marvel movies from oldest to newest…

1. The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989)

A prominent appearance way back in 1989 as Stan, er, stands as a member of the jury presiding over the trial of the Incredible Hulk.

Incredible Hulk 1989 stan lee
Bixby-Brandon Productions

2. X Men (2000)

Stan was among the hundreds of people who watched a presumed-missing Senator Kelly emerge completely naked from the shore at a local beach resort.

x-men 2000 stan lee
Twentieth Century Fox

3. Spider-Man (2002)

Stan Lee is on hand to save a girl from a piece of falling balcony that would have landed right on top of her. Way to go, Stan! He’s a superhero, too!

spiderman stan lee cameo

4. Daredevil (2003)

There’s an irony when you get saved from being hit by a bus by a blind kid, as a young Matt does for Stan who’s too engrossed in the paper.

5. Hulk (2003)

Stan appears among the security staff attending the institute that Bruce Banner sneaks back to. He suggests beefing up security as a fugitive Bruce walks right past him.

Hulk (2003) stan lee
Universal Pictures

6. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Stan saves the day by pulling a woman out of harm’s way from a falling building that Doc Ock rips out whilst fighting the Web-head.

Spider-Man 2 (2004) stan lee
Columbia Pictures Corporation

7. Fantastic Four (2005)

At the door of the Baxter Building is Stan Lee with a large bundle of “the usual” undelivered mail intended for Reed’s penthouse-slash-laboratory.

Fantastic Four stan lee
Twentieth Century Fox

8. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

As a young Jean Grey demonstrates her godlike power over matter, we take a look around the local neighborhood as gravity takes a vacation. Did you spot Stan Lee and his hose?

X-Men The Last Stand stan lee
Twentieth Century Fox

9. Spider-Man 3 (2007)

As Peter stares dreamy-eyed at a ticker line, Stan approaches and says “y’know, I guess one person can make a difference. Nuff said.” Wait, Stan, did you just acknowledge this about yourself? Sneaky.

Spider-Man 3 stan lee
Columbia Pictures

10. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

Appearing as himself at the wedding of Reed Richards and Susan Storm, the creator of Marvel’s first family battles unsuccessfully with the bouncer, convinced that he’s surely on the list.

Fantastic Four Silver Surfer stan lee
Twentieth Century Fox

11. Iron Man (2008)

Tony crashes a party and gives an appreciated pat on the back to a man in a smoking jacket and a girl in each arm he thinks is the late Hugh Hefner. Turning around it turns out to be Stan.

iron man stan lee cameo

12. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Stan gains the attention of the military when he takes a sip of a soda bottle from the plant Bruce was hiding in. It’s the very one that got stained with Bruce’s radioactive blood.

Incredible Hulk stan lee
Universal Pictures

13. Iron Man 3 (2010)

During the opening of the Stark Expo, Tony enthusiastically greets a man he calls Larry King. He’s got big square glasses and a distinctive ivory haircut but it’s our man Stan.

Iron Man 3 stan lee
Marvel Studios

14. Thor (2011)

Among the various attempts to pull Thor’s hammer from its place was Stan who after his attempt to pull the hammer out with his truck asked, “Did it work?” The hammer tore the bed off so no.

Thor stan lee
Paramount Pictures

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15. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

When Captain America is reluctant to emerge from behind a curtain, a Secret Service agent lets a ceremony’s speaker know. Army general Stan mistakes this agent for Steve, thinking he’d be taller.

Captain America First Avenger stan lee
Paramount Pictures

16. Avengers Assemble (2012)

Among dozens of news reports on the battle of New York, Stan retorts “Superheroes in New York? Give me a break.” It’s a funny dismissal considering New York’s position in his comics is the epicentre of superhero activity.

Avengers stan lee
Marvel Studios

17. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

With some hefty headphones, Stan is unaware of Peter and the Lizard battling it out behind him. He almost gets hit by a table were it not for Peter’s quick save.

18. Iron Man 3 (2013)

Stan rather enthusiastically gives a perfect ten to Miss Elk Ridge, a contestant at a Miss Tennessee competition that Tony infiltrates to find a transmitter.

Iron Man 3 2013 stan lee
Marvel Studios

19. Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Stan is among the attendees of the elderly home Erik Selvig is stuck in. When Selvig concludes a lecture on the Convergence, Stan asks for his shoe back.

Thor Dark World stan lee
Marvel Studios

20. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Doing his rounds as a Smithsonian guard, Stan discovers that someone stole Captain America’s original combat uniform. He laments that he is almost certainly going to be fired for it.

Captain America Winter Soldier stan lee
Marvel Entertainment

21. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Stan Lee’s cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy is certainly one of the best. As Rocket examines the locals of a Xandarian city for a possible bounty, he spots Stan talking up a young woman. Rocket, of course, cracks a joke at Stan’s expense.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Marvel Studios

22. The Amazing Spider Man 2 (2014)

Out of hundreds of attendees, it’s only Stan who notices that Spider-Man is wearing a graduation gown as he shouts “I think I know that guy!” Actually it’s Peter, changing so quickly he forgot to take his mask off.

Amazing Spider Man 2 stan lee cameo

23. Big Hero 6 (2014)

It turns out that our man Stan is Fred’s absent father. As well as standing in paintings, Stan shows up to demonstrate like father, like son when it comes to wearing underwear.

Big Hero 6 stan lee
FortyFour Studios

24. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Stan takes more than he can handle when he sips on Thor’s Asgardian brew. The next thing we know, he’s being carried home muttering his iconic catchphrase, “Exelsior”.

25. Ant-Man (2016)

Stan operates the bar frequented by criminal accomplice, Ignacio. Stan apparently confirms that the girl sitting at one of the tables was “Crazy super fine.”

Ant-Man stan lee
Gary Sanchez Productions

26. Deadpool (2016)

Possibly one of the best moments in Deadpool, here’s yet another moment of Stan as an eccentric old man. He announces acts at the strip club Deadpool visits whenever he’s not out being a superhero.

27. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

In yet another super-cool Civil War Easter Egg, Stan appears, this time as a FedEx mailman. He arrives at the Avengers Compound with a package for a man he reads as “Tony Stank.” Rhodey is certainly not going to let that one go.

Civil War stan lee cameo

28. X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

Stan Lee stands with his late wife among the millions who watch in horror as the world’s nuclear arsenal is launched into the sky.

X-Men Apocalypse stan lee cameo

29. Doctor Strange (2016)

Stan Lee’s cameo in Doctor Strange certainly made us chuckle. As Mordo and Strange battle Kaecillius, they fail to disturb Stan on a bus as he reads The Doors of Perception – Aldus Huxley’s account of his experiences with mescaline.

doctor strange stan lee cameo

30. Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2 (2017)

On a distant moon, Stan recalls all his cameos to the Watchers, the big-headed aliens who live to observe things. Apparently he manages to even bore them as they leave him behind.

Guardians Galaxy Vol 2 stan lee
Marvel Studios

31. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Did you spot this Homecoming hidden reference? When Spider-Man disturbs an entire neighborhood after mistaking a guy for a car thief, Stan emerges from a window telling him “don’t make me come down there” then chats up his neighbor.

Spider-Man Homecoming stan lee
Columbia Pictures,

32. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Ragnarok was filled with endless Easter Eggs and secret nods but this was probably one of our favorites! Preparing Thor for the arena, Stan appears as an insane hair stylist. When Thor protests, Stan’s prosthetic arm unfolds various deadly cutting tools. It’s best not to argue, Thor.

thor ragnarok stan lee
Marvel Entertainment

33. Black Panther

There were many scenes that you gripped during what was one of 2018’s most popular movies. Stan Lee’s feature was one of the greatest, however. Remember that casino scene? Eagle eyed viewers would have noticed this fun Black Panther Egg. When T’Challa places a bet and wins at a Roulette table, Stan the man is there to assure that he’ll “keep the money warm.”

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Marvel Studios

34. Avengers: Infinity War

Once again, Stan the man turned up to offer some laughs to the crowd. This special little Infinity War Easter Egg occurred when one of Thanos’ menacing spaceships descended in New York. We caught a glimpse of the Marvel creator in Peter Parker’s school bus telling the kids, “What’s the matter with you kids, you never seen a spaceship before?”.

infinity war stan lee cameo

35. Ant-Man and the Wasp

Stan made a brief but fun appearance in Ant-Man and the Wasp during a wild car-chase. As the legend prepares to get in his car, his whip disappears, leading him to say “The ’60’s were great but now I’m paying for it”. We guess this was a reference to the psychedelic-60’s back in the day. We can always rely on Stan to bring the humor!

Ant-Man Wasp stan lee cameo

36. Venom

As much of a letdown that Venom was for some fans, the iconic comic book writer’s cameo in the film was still awesome to say the least. Just after Eddie meets his ex-girlfriend, Anne, Stan Lee passes him by on the street saying “Don’t give up on her, either of you”, talking to both Eddie himself and Venom who inhabits his mind.

stan lee venom
Marvel Entertainment

37. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

One of the best sneaky Spider-Man Easter Eggs has to be the animated Stan Lee in Into the Spider-Verse! The Marvel mogul was spotted as a cashier guy, serving Miles his Spider-Man costume. “I’m going to miss him,” the old man says, we were friends, you know”. he tells the young kid.

stan lee into the spider-verse
Sony Pictures Entertainment

38. Captain Marvel

Stan Lee’s cameo in Captain Marvel has to be one of the most smartest out of all his features in the MCU. During the fight on the train between Captain Marvel and the Skrulls, we spot Lee as a passenger on a bus practising the line, “Trust me, True Believer“. Funnily and cleverly enough, this is a real line he used in his Kevin Smith’s Mallrats comedy from 1995 – the same year Captain Marvel is set in!

stan lee captain marvel
Marvel Studios

39. Avengers: Endgame

Stan’s last ever cameo before his untimely death was in Avengers: Endgame and what a way to head out of this universe it was. When Steve and Tony head back to the 1970’s, a car passes by with the word “Excelsiorprinted on it. Driving the car was none other than the legend himself, young Stan with a lovely lady by his side. Goodbye dear Mr Lee…

stan lee endgame
Marvel Studios

Stan has been everywhere, taken the role of all sorts of characters, and done all things at all sorts of places. Did we miss one? Which of his many cameos was your greatest Stan Lee appearance? Let us know in the comments…

Fun fact! Did you know that Marvel pays homage to Star Wars with ever-so-subtle Easter Eggs? Have a look at these Marvel films that feature nods to the Star Wars franchise.



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  1. Thanks for the memories. For a beautiful tribute may I suggest the “Marvel intro” at the beginning of Captain Marvel, featuring Stan’s cameos in the logo lettering. First and only time (from memory) that I’ve seen that. Best studio intro ever.

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