Every Stan Lee Marvel movie and TV cameo (now with added Thor: Ragnarok)

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

The cameo: Stan Lee appears at Tony Stark's door as a FedEx delivery man.

Is Stan the man? It's the end of the movie and Tony Stark is helping Rhodey with his physio after his tragic accident during Civil War's big fight. There's a knock at the door and the pair turn around to see a FedEx delivery man who asks: "Are you Tony Stank?" Rhodey smiles and says, "Yes, this is Tony Stank, you're in the right place. Thank you for that!" He adds to Tony, "Never dropping that by the way. Table for one Mr Stank please by the bathroom."

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

The cameo: Apocalypse brings down his reign of destruction upon the Earth! Millions are affected - as shown in a montage of citizens across the globe looking up in terror. Stan is one of those people.

Is Stan the man? There's a sweet element to this cameo. No, no, not the whole "end of the world" thing. While that's definitely a bit of a mood-dampener, this is the first time Stan's wife appears alongside him! Yep, that's Joan Lee who has contributed to the Marvel universe before - she did voices for Marvel cartoons Spider-Man and Fantastic Four.

Marvel's Luke Cage (2016)

The cameo: Slapped across the side of a store is a crime prevention poster featuring none other than Stan. "See a crime? Report it!" the caption reads.

Is Stan the man? Another Netflix series cameo, another photograph. This time, Stan appears during a pivotal moment in Luke's story, as Cage enters a convenience store in time to halt a robbery that's taking place. Stan's appearance is a nice nod to the events unfolding on the show. 

Doctor Strange (2016)

The cameo: Stan happily rides a London city bus while Doctor Strange and Baron Mordo battle Kaecilius. 

Is Stan the man? Talk about being in the thick of it. This cameo crops up right in the middle of an epic foot chase scene, as Kaecilius and his minions are in hot pursuit of Strange and Mordo. The fabric of reality is bent, twisted and contorted, throwing Strange and Mordo right up against the bus Stan is on. But Stan doesn't even blink. He's too busy having a good old chuckle while reading Aldous Huxley's The Doors of Perception. "Now that's hilarious!" he cries.

Marvel's Iron Fist (2017)

The cameo: Stan Lee the cop makes another appearance in Netflix's latest Marvel TV show, Iron Fist. As with the others, it's only in poster form with the tagline "Be Proud" suggesting it's a recruitment ad for the NYPD. 

Is Stan the man? Iron Fist itself might be quite poor, but its Stan Lee cameo gives us hope that we might actually get to meet police officer Stan in the upcoming crossover series The Defenders. After all, we've seen his image four separate times now in the Netflix-Marvel universe, it's about time we meet him probably in person. 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

The cameo: Technically, Stan Lee has two cameos in GOTG2; one during Rocket and Yondu's cosmic leap through space, and one in an post-credits scene. Both see him on an asteroid talking to some Watchers - characters he himself created as a Marvel comic book writer - about the things he's seen.

Is Stan the man? As cameos go, this one is pretty important as it confirms a long-held fan theory that the multiple Stan Lee characters we've seen in all the previous Marvel movies are actually all one person. When talking to the Watchers, Stan Lee references a few of his previous cameos and Marvel Studios President, Kevin Feige, later confirmed the connection: "We thought it would be fun to put that in there because that really says, so wait a minute, he’s this same character who’s popped up in all these films." So, there you have it, Stan Lee is actually a Watcher who's spent his time travelling throughout the Marvel movie and TV universe observing but never interfering in what happens. 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

The cameo: Not content with two cameos in GOTG2, Stan Lee returned to put in an appearance in the Guardians’ Inferno music video which was released with the movie's home release. (He doesn't do much... he's just stands there looking really pleased with himself and then appears a little later as two floating heads.)

Is Stan the man? Yeah, but more just because the whole video is the man! It's got everything... cheesy costumes, glitter balls, the cast rocking their best disco moves, and David Hasselhoff! Please let this be a new MCU tradition. 

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

The cameo: When Tom Holland's Spider-Man is going about his crime-fighting business in Queens, he accidentally attacks an innocent bystander who he thinks is stealing a car, but is actually just trying to leave without disturbing his neighbours. 

Is Stan the man? The car alarm goes off, everyone's yelling, and suddenly Stan Lee appears as one of the annoyed neighbours, hanging out of a window yelling at Spider-Man to keep it down. He catches the eye of another neighbour across the street who tells him it's good to see him and the pair strike up a flirtatious conversation before Spidey swings away.

Marvel's The Defenders (2017)

The cameo: As with all of the Netflix-Marvel shows, Stan Lee appeared in The Defenders in poster-form over the shoulder of Matt Murdock as he walks down a crowded New York street. 

Is Stan the man? Some fans hoped that after seeing Stan Lee the police officer on multiple posters in Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, The Defenders might see the iconic comic book creator cameo in person, but sadly it wasn't meant to be. Happily, he still managed to put in appearance.

The Gifted (2017)

The cameo: Another silent appearance from Lee, as he meanders out of a bar and the camera briefly focuses on him, a neon 'X' sign aptly in view behind him.

Is Stan the man? The story behind this cameo is arguably more interesting than the cameo itself. The Gifted's showrunner Matt Nix said that his team "moved heaven and earth" to get Stan in the TV series' premiere episode. As it turns out, Lee was in the right place at the right time, attending a convention nearby, which provided Nix and his crew with the exact window of opportunity they needed to quickly rush him onto set for his five second spotlight.

 Thor: Ragnarok 

The cameo: You know that spiffy new haircut Thor is rocking in Thor: Ragnarok? That's the work of Stan Lee's cameo character, a slightly shaky-handed cyber barber. He may not say much, but he can knock out a decent Supercuts special. Plus, he recreated it on Twitter!

Is Stan the man? The cameo is silly and fun, just like the rest of the movie, but Stan Lee will be least exciting special guest star this time around. Right at the beginning of the movie we get appearances from (spoiler alert) Matt Damon, Sam Neill, and Luke Hemsworth, so Stan seems like the least surprising surprise celebrity. Still, I can only hope at the ripe old age of 94 people are asking me to cameo in their superhero films.

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