We love Stan Lee, he gave us so much and he always seemed like a genuinely nice guy. His death in 2018 was a huge blow to comic book fans and one of the things we were all going to miss is his cameos in the Marvel movies.
Lee’s final cameo was in Avengers: Endgame which was released just a few months after his death. Some of the movies after Endgame have paid tribute to Lee, but everyone thought the cameos would stop. Until now. It turns out that Marvel Studios have signed a 20 year deal with Stan Lee Universe to:
“…license the name and likeness of Lee for use in future feature films and television productions, as well as Disney theme parks, various ‘experiences’ and merchandising.”
Stan Lee Universe is a venture between Genius Brands International and POW! Entertainment. CEO of Genius Brands, Andy Heyward, has said the deal:
“…really ensures that Stan, through digital technology and archival footage and other forms, will live in the most important venues, the Marvel movies, and Disney theme parks. It’s a broad deal.”
That doesn’t mean that Lee will suddenly be back making cameos again, but the deal means Marvel Studios have permission to use his name, voice, and likeness in any new movies or TV shows.
Heyward went on to say:
“The audience revered Stan, and if it’s done with taste and class, and respectful of who he was, [uses of his likeness] will be welcomed. He is a beloved personality, and long after you and I are gone, he will remain the essence of Marvel.”
On the one hand, it will be nice to see or hear Lee in small cameos again. On the other hand, it’s Disney.