Marvel’s cast of comic book characters may be split up between a few different studios, but one that has tied them together is how comic book legend Stan Lee makes cameo appearances in most all of them. There’s been a great fan theory gaining momentum that Stan Lee isn’t playing a string of different characters but just one singular character who has been present to witness all these events, possibly Uatu The Watcher. For the uninitiated, The Watchers are a race of beings whose purpose is to watch and record events throughout the galaxy without interferring under any circumstances. First appearing in Fantastic Four #13, Uatu, the Watcher who’s assigned to our sector, began to break this code regularly as he began to identify more with Earth and its inhabitants. He befriended the Fantastic Four and helped them on numberous occasions, with the most memberable being the warning of the comimg of Galactus, a celestial being who fed on planets to survive.
Now, there are three things that have given this theory some serious traction since Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hit theatres. First, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 featured Stan Lee in two different scenes. In these scenes, one post credit, he is seen talking with a few Watchers, specifically referencing a time when he was a Fex Ed delivery guy. For those not keeping score that was from Captain America: Civil War. Second, if it wasn’t obvious enough in those scenes Stan Lee is credited with playing “The Watchers Informant” in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2. Last and most important is the recent statement by the MCU’s architect, Kevin Feige, when asked at a Guardians 2 press confrence about Stan Lee having a bigger, overarching role in these films.
“Yes, we always thought it would be fun. Stan Lee clearly exists, you know, above and apart from the reality of all the films. So the notion that he could be sitting there on a cosmic pit stop during the jump gate sequence in Guardians was something very fun – James had that idea and we shot that cameo and loved it so much, you know, you see it a couple of times in the movie. It wasn’t in for a long time and we put it back in towards the end of the process where he references that time he was a Federal Express agent – 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, Comic Nation, the only person who can bring all these films together in the multiverse of Marvel comic book films is indeed Stan “The Man” Lee who is officially in cahoots with The Watchers. This definitely adds another layer to the onion making him an even bigger icon and legend. With his cameo’s for Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, and Avengers: Infinity War already shot, it will be cool to see how his role as The Watchers Informant will continue to unfold. In case you’ve missed a few, here’s all of his cameo’s, minus his appearances in Iron Fist & Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 which you can catch in theatres now.