Top 10 Stan Lee Movie Cameos

Script written by Joseph Boctor. This legend has captured the imaginations of comic book readers everywhere, and he has a habit of popping up on big screens when least expected. For this list, we’re sticking to this Marvel legend’s cameos in film. We’re basing our picks on a combination of the impact of Stan Lee’s appearance, whether it’s comedic or directly affects the movie’s plot. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for Stan Lee’s top 10 movie cameos. Special thanks to our users David Herrera, Elvar1810, Jake Fraser, Andrew A. Dennison, Chris Ashton, Alico Alan, Moise Joassaint, FilmSpence and Jsmith94243 for submitting the idea on our Suggest Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Joseph Boctor.

This legend has captured the imaginations of comic book readers everywhere, and he has a habit of popping up on big screens when least expected. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for Stan Lee’s top 10 movie cameos.

For this list, we’re sticking to this Marvel legend’s cameos in film. We’re basing our picks on a combination of the impact of Stan Lee’s appearance, whether it’s comedic or directly affects the movie’s plot.

#10: Stan Lee as “Mental Patient”
“Thor: The Dark World” (2013)

This Stan Lee cameo puts the former Marvel president in a place we thought we’d never find him: a mental ward. Lee’s on-point delivery of this scene’s punch line brings the audience back to Earth after an awe-inspiring lecture from Dr. Erik Selvig concerning an imminent threat to the universe. Let’s just say it makes for a well-needed break in the hammer-filled action.

#9: Stan Lee as “Willie Lumpkin”
“Fantastic Four” (2005)

Lee’s first cameo as a comic book character came in the form of the faithful mailman from his popular superhero team. Which is only fitting since he created Willie Lumpkin back in the early ‘60s. While the Fantastic Four dealt with their newfound powers and danger, Stan brought some heart in a way that was least expected, despite his short screen time.

#8: Stan Lee as “Security Guard”
“Hulk” (2003)

Tough, mean and scary. And no, we’re not talking about the titular green monster. Lee reunited with Lou Ferrigno to treat fans to this security guard tandem of two legends. In the midst of Hulk smashing through military forces and daddy issues came this gem of a cameo that served up some cooling relief to the film’s menacing tone.

#7: Stan Lee as “Larry King”
“Iron Man 2” (2010)

No lines uttered here, but Stan fills in for another New York native with an equally recognizable and distinct voice. This cameo fit in very nicely with the glitz, glam and spectacle we came to expect from Tony Stark, which only highlighted the robot throwdown right around the corner.

#6: Stan Lee as “Man in Times Square”
“Spider-Man 3” (2007)

That popular catchphrase found its way into the action-packed conclusion of Sam Raimi’s web-slinger trilogy. With relax and ease, Stan gives Peter Parker food for thought, a solid message that cuts through the difficulties and challenges that the web-head would later face from both himself and the film’s rogues gallery.

#5: Stan Lee as “Hugh Hefner”
“Iron Man” (2008)

And boy did he. Clad in typical Hugh Hefner apparel and donning a pipe, it’s easy to see why Tony had to compliment the mustachioed comic book mastermind. Whether or not Tony actually mistakes our beloved Stan for the Hef is unclear – however we’d just like to believe Tony probably had bigger fish to fry. Yeah, we don’t think he was concerned about mixing up two legends.

#4: Stan Lee as “Random Citizen”
“The Avengers” (2012)

Words we thought we’d never hear from Stan were uttered onscreen in the heart-warming finale of this blockbuster hit. Amidst a mosaic of speakers, Stan’s cameo put the events of the film in perspective, giving viewers a taste of what living in a world with superheroes would feel like. After all, isn’t that what Stan Lee has been trying to do with his work all this time?

#3: Stan Lee as “The Uninvited Guest”
“Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” (2007)

It seems as though charm wasn’t enough for Stan to buy his way in to see two of his creations get hitched. His rejection actually has a silver lining – as he could’ve gotten seriously hurt! With the mysterious Silver Surfer throwing a wrench into everyone’s plans, and the evil Doctor Doom and Devourer of Worlds Galactus capping off the list of baddies, it seems like fun time was over before it even began for the Fantastic Four.

#2: Stan Lee as “The Librarian”
“The Amazing Spider-Man” (2012)

Your friendly neighborhood… librarian? Yes indeed, the web-slinger’s return to the big screen featured a Stan Lee cameo not to be missed. The film’s action was filled with Spider-Man’s quick wit, making the addition of his creator in this memorable fight sequence all the more fitting and slick. Fortunately, he’s a lot more confident in the costume than he is with the ladies.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Stan Lee as “Pickup Truck Driver” “Thor” (2011)
- Stan Lee as “Man Crossing Street” “Daredevil” (2003)
- Stan Lee as “Hapless Citizen” “The Incredible Hulk” (2008)
- Stan Lee as “General” “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011)

#1: Stan Lee as “The Romance Expert”
“Mallrats” (1995)

His longest cameo appearance had to be our top choice. This cult classic gave our beloved mastermind a central and important role, with which he helps Brodie realize his mistakes. Of course, he wasn’t going to let it all be sentimental. Let’s just say Stan is a better actor than we all thought and offered some key observations about the “Mallrats” character.

Do you agree with our list? What’s your favorite Stan Lee cameo? For more epic Top 10’s published daily, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com. Excelsior!
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