Marvel, the superhero franchise that has changed the movie industry as of late. Every current franchise, even Star Wars, has modeled their productivity after Marvel’s booming success. And the man helping oversee this incredible operation was Stan Lee.
Stan Lee helped create the world of superheroes that I have grown to love so much over the years. But he didn’t let his work go unattended. He made sure to remind us all that he was the one who brought these incredible characters to life as he made cameos in nearly all of his Marvel movie and tv projects. He even made an animated cameo in Big Hero 6 which I just recently found out was part of the Marvel brand as well.
And these cameos have become some of the joy of watching these films. We don’t know where he’ll appear or what he’ll be doing but whenever his cameo arrives it brings a smile and maybe even a laugh to anyone watching.
So, to commemorate this man that can only be heralded as one of the greatest creative minds of the past century, I’m going to share with you my five favorite Stan Lee cameos in the MCU. I hope you enjoy.
5. Avengers: Age of Ultron
Stan Lee’s cameo in Age of Ultron was hilarious, to say the least, as he played an old man (obviously) attending the Avengers party. In this movie, he asked Thor for a sip of his special Asgardian alcohol and it did not bode well for him. It was a very funny cameo and it makes me laugh every time.
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Throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s ten year run there have been several directors and writers who have brought these movies and characters to life. The Russo Brothers first Marvel movie debut was Captain America: The Winter Soldier where they displayed a great sense of understanding the character of Captain America and creating a superhero movie on a lesser scale than some of the other Marvel films that had been made at the time.
Only until recently The Winter Soldier was my favorite film because of its more personal storyline and its impactful significance to the overall plot of the MCU. Since The Winter Soldier, however, they have made two other films (Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War) that are clearly some of the greatest superhero movies ever made. But what makes these three movies so perfectly composed and entertaining? Well, it’s simple. The Russo Brothers like cliffhangers.
For example; let’s look at the endings of these three movies.
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There have been twenty movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far but at one time all we knew of these films were their exciting or somewhat disappointing trailers. Trailers tell you everything about a movie’s quality and that’s why I’m ranking them. But because there are, well, twenty trailers to rank I’m breaking it up into a two-day series. Enjoy!
20. The Incredible Hulk
Like The Incredible Hulk this is clearly the worst trailer of them all. Maybe I’m being a little biased because I know the movie isn’t that good but still, it’s kind of lame. It could’ve been a good movie but unfortunately it isn’t.
19. Captain America: The First Avenger
Captain America: The First Avenger is a boring origin story, pure and simple. The story is well told but the movie is poorly made. In the hands of the Russo Brothers it might have been a completely different film but in those days Marvel hadn’t entirely gotten their footing yet. It definitely is #19 in my opinion.
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has, up to this point, been pretty impeccably designed story wise. New characters are introduced into the franchise at the right time, the films move together in a nearly seamless transition that hasn’t really been achieved before, and overall everything about the MCU is great. But, along the way, there have been a few bumps on the road. One of the biggest mistakes, in my opinion, that was decided in the creative process of these characters was the romantic relationship between Black Widow and The Hulk.
Every romance that has played out so far in the MCU has had a time to evolve. Tony Stark and Pepper’s romance has changed and shifted throughout the entire existence of the MCU so far. Now they’re finally about to get married but Thanos showed up. Uh-oh.
The romance between The Hulk and Black Widow was so uncomfortably abrupt they didn’t even reveal that the two characters were going to be in a romantic relationship in the advertising for the film. That’s how unneccessary and terrible it was. And what made it worse was it seemed like the writers were setting up a potential romance between Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff.
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Ant-Man and the Wasp shrunk into theaters a little over a week ago and I’m SO glad I went to see it. It was not only a ridiculously funny and fun movie to watch but its light tone was so perfect after the heartbreaking events of Avengers: Infinity War. But where did it land in the Marvel pool? I had Ant-Man ranked 12th overall in my list but did its sequel get a higher spot? That’s what I’m here to share with you and I hope you enjoy.
1. Black Panther
Black Panther is such a brilliantly made movie because I’ve watched it, I’d say, at least seven times now and surprisingly it’s getting better with every viewing. The music is so good I can’t help bumping to it and the story is so perfectly woven throughout the film that it still resonates with me as if I’m seeing it for the first time. Black Panther ultimately deserves the praise it received and that’s why it’s my favorite Marvel movie so far.
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I watched a bit of Captain America: The Winter Soldier last night and after watching Infinity War it’s been the first Marvel movie I’ve watched since then that focuses on this patriotic Avenger. As I watched the film and Steve Rogers I began to think to myself, Captain America is basically, in fictional terms, the perfect human being. He’s incredibly strong and fast, he’s handsome, he’s cordial, he does everything he possibly can to protect citizens from harm, he is what you would imagine Captain America being. But is that a good thing or his biggest flaw?
One of the reasons why I didn’t like him that much in The Avengers (besides the terrible suit) is because he felt too uppity compared to the other Avengers. You see, every other member of the Avengers had flaws and they learned to deal with those flaws and could handle being in the presence of other imperfect beings like they were. Steve, on the other hand, is perfect, remember? He’s the poster boy for patriotism. He’s willing to sacrifice himself for the lives of others. And then you have characters like Tony Stark whose every other sentence is a joke and doesn’t take life very seriously. Steve was practically bursting at the seams with annoyance for Tony and Tony was feeling the same way about the stuck-up Captain America. And I was feeling the same way. Who was this guy who thought he was so much better than everyone else even though he clearly was the lamest of them all?
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Marvel movies are highly based upon the superheroes and their constant struggles to save the world but at the heart of every Marvel movie are the action scenes. From Iron Man to the latest installment, Avengers: Infinity War, the action scenes never disappoint. So, after ten years and nineteen movies what are the ten greatest action scenes of them all? I’m very excited to share them with you and I hope you enjoy. 🙂
10. The Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy is a great film because it has one of the best stories told in the MCU but it also has some of the best action as well. That final battle between the Guardians and the Ravagers versus Ronan the Accuser and his army is downright fun to watch and makes the movie totally worth viewing.
9. Escaping Sakaar
Thor: Ragnarok was a fun movie and this scene embodied the thrilling aspect of the film as Thor, Valkyrie, and Bruce Banner planned a daring escape from the junk world, Sakaar. It’s also one of my favorite action scenes because Valkyrie really shined at this part. She was just as powerful as Thor as she jumped from ship to ship wrecking them left and right with little more than a sword and her appalling strength. Awesome! And the retro music for this scene perfectly provides that wildly different vibe which separated it from every other Marvel film.
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