Stan Lee will make a posthumous cameo in the upcoming Avengers 4 following his death on Monday at age 95.
The former top writer at Marvel Comics and its former publisher has been making cameo appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2008 when he appeared in Iron Man starring Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark and his superhero alter-ego.
Lee has since made cameos in every Marvel Studios film including The Incredible Hulk; the Thor films; the Captain America movies; the Guardians of the Galaxy films, Doctor Strange, Black Panther and most recently Ant-Man And The Wasp earlier this year.
Posthumous cameo: Stan Lee, shown in December 2016 in Japan, will have a posthumous cameo in Avengers 4 after dying on Monday in Los Angeles at age 95
Avengers: Infinity War co-director Joe Russo earlier this year revealed that Lee filmed multiple cameos in advance.
‘So, Stan, typically we try to get him out — he doesn’t love to fly — so we try to get him out for his cameos around the same time,’ Russo told the BBC via
‘So if we have other movies shooting on the same lot that we’re on, for instance Ant-Man 2 or Avengers 4, we group his cameos together and then move him from one set to the next and kind of get him through his cameos in one day,’ he added.
Lee in his latest Ant-Man And The Wasp cameo played a pedestrian whose vehicle was shrunk by Wasp.
Cameo appearances: The Marvel Comics icon is shown in his first cameo in Iron Man in 2008
‘Well the ’60s were fun, but now I’m paying for it,’ Lee said making an apparent recreational drug reference.
Lee also made a cameo in Avengers: Infinity War that became the first superhero film to earn more than $2 billion at the worldwide box office.
He appeared as the driver of Peter Parker’s school bus as students watched Ebony Maw’s ship arriving in the sky above New York City.
Superhero creator: Lee, shown in April 2002 in Santa Monica, California, co-created Spider-Man with the late Steve Ditko
‘What’s the matter with you kids? You never seen a spaceship before?,’ Lee said.
Avengers 4 featuring Lee’s posthumous cameo will be released on May 3, 2019.
Lee collaborated with the later writer-artist Steve Ditko who died in June at age 90 to co-create Spider-Man and Doctor Strange.
He also collaborated with the late great comic book artist Jack Kirby, who died in 1994 at age 76, to co-create the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and the Hulk.
Good one: The former Marvel Comics editor-in-chief is shown delivering a package and a funny line in Captain America: Civil War
Lee was editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics when Captain America, co-created by Kirby and Joe Simon, was revived in March 1964 in The Avengers #4 comic book that also featured Iron Man, Ant-Man, Wasp and Thor.
Captain America actor Chris Evans mourned the loss of Lee on Twitter.
‘There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!,’ Evans tweeted referencing Lee’s closing signature line from his Stan Lee’s Soapbox editorials since the 1960s.
Comics legend: The New York City native, shown in 1979 in London, created enduring characters for Marvel Comics that have gained a wider audience in films
The next Marvel Studios film Captain Marvel starring Brie Larson in the title role is due out on March 18, 2019.
Lee and Gene Colan co-created the first Captain Marvel that debuted in December 1967.
The character was later revamped by Jim Starlin, who also created the villain Thanos, and more recently by Kelly Sue DeConnick who had Carol Danvers assume the mantle of the powerful superhero.
Online tributes: Hollywood stars took to social media to pay tribute to Lee
The New York City native and pride of Stony Brook in Long Island served a stint in the Army during World War II, writing for training films.
Lee was declared dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Monday in Los Angeles, according to Kirk Schenck, an attorney for Lee’s daughter, J.C. Lee.
He is survived by his daughter and only child Joan Celia, known as ‘J.C.’.
His wife Joan died in July last year after suffering complications from a stroke. The pair had been married for 70 years at the time of her death.
‘Nuff said: Fans also left flowers on Stan Lee’s star on Monday on the Hollywood Walk of Fame