If there is one thing every Marvel movie is sure to bring, it is a tribute to the man himself, Stan Lee. A cameo for the creator of various Marvel characters has become almost required in Marvel films. Recent hit Guardians of the Galaxy would be no different.
The cameo, on the other hand, aimed to be very different.
Director James Gunn recently held a very open panel at Dragon Con in Atlanta. Collider brings a lot of the information from the panel to the public in this post. One tidbit that slides into the post relates to how Gunn intended to use Stan Lee in the film.
One of the losing battles regarded Stan Lee’s original cameo in the film. Originally, Gunn had planned to have Lee in one of the Collector’s exhibits. Groot would then look at the exhibit aghast, to which Lee would flick off the large tree creature.
Disney obviously took issue with the 91-year old flipping the bird on camera. It’s a shame though, as it would have captured a bit more of Lee’s persona. While some of his cameos have been accurate tributes, some have fallen a bit flat.
His cameo in Guardians was not horrid by any means. The use of Lee as a womanizer hitting on a girl young enough to be his daughter was entertaining. The snarky remark added to the scene by Rocket helped make the scene stand out.
That said, a salty veteran stuck in The Collector’s lab alongside some of the other Marvel artifacts would have been fitting. You do have to admit, it would be hard for even Stan Lee to upstage Groot:
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