After the Disney branch, Marvel made a deal with POW! Entertainment and Genius Brands, Stan Lee MCU may return to Marvel Studios productions. The late cartoonist, godfather of the modern superhero and founder of Marvel Comics, passed away in 2018, leaving behind a vast entertainment empire. His appearances in the MCU films have always been a special pleasure.
Marvel’s mastermind has appeared in 22 films. His last image appeared on a digitally enhanced version of him after his death. Subsequently, Marvel Studios chose not to show Lee digitally anymore. Instead, it was honored in the Marvel logo and finished with a “thank you letter” but as we’ll see, that policy will change again.
Disney Pencils Deal for Stan Lee MCU Cameos
Stan Lee’s MCU vignettes with CGI and vintage footage could be back thanks to a new signed partnership from Marvel, Genius Brands, and POW! entertainment. The long-running comic book franchise is built upon many of the legendary content created by Lee and artist Jack Kirby.
We’re talking about characters like Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man. The films also featured Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange and Marvel’s most successful character, Spider-Man. According to Spider-Man: No Way Home, Spidey is now technically played by Andrew Garfield, Tobey Maguire, and Tom Holland within the MCU.
What is the Stan Lee MCU Cameos Deal?
Marvel, POWs! Entertainment, and Genius Brands have signed a two-decade deal that will allow them to use Lee’s image, voice, and resources in upcoming film and television productions. The deal is so broad that it even extends the use of the late cartoonist’s image in merchandise and Disney’s theme parks. Hence, Stan Lee will be returning for the inscription in the MCU in the not too distant future.
Lee’s involvement with the MCU extended far beyond using his characters as the comic book author became known for making cameos in every MCU release and many other Marvel productions such as Sony’s Spider-Man films and Fox’s X-Men films.
Stan Lee passed away in 2018 at the age of 95. Before his death, he appeared in several films, including Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Captain Marvel, and Avengers: Endgame. While successful MCU films and TV shows have used posters and flyers to include Lee in various locations, it appears that the future may have a different approach.
It’s cool, but is it ethical?
We’ve seen how Disney in the past has handled posthumous photos. They didn’t do that well with Leia and Grand Moves leaving in Star Wars. However, Lee is a different ball game. We are talking about the man’s complete identity. One thing is watching Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre rap with Tupac Shakur at Coachella. Another thing is to get a man’s entire identity and personality as a commodity in the marketplace in order to profit a soulless giant like Disney.
Although Disney hasn’t confirmed what they plan to do with Stan Lee’s photo and identity, the company’s intent is clear: Marketing hell out of it. Let’s face it. Work is work. And business as usual is always the same. Marvel is Disney’s cash cow. The company was marred by opposing the company’s views of the cultural products it produces and how the public interacts with them.
After closing the deal, here are some dates to watch out for
Now that the deal is active, Lee belongs to Disney. So let’s put the magnifying glass on at some of the big upcoming Marvel Studios dates. First, Thor: Love and Thunder drops on July 8, 2022. Next, we have Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, set for release on November 11, 2022.
There are a few drops on Disney+, like She-Hulk on August 17, 2022. And then we have the 2023 films, the potential production to feature a digital re-enactment of Stan Lee’s posthumous portrait. These are Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania February 17, 2023, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 on May 5, 2023 and The Marvels on July 28, 2023. Will we see Stan Lee there? And if so, how? Well, it’s up to you to catch it. That’s all we have now for Stan Lee and his return to the MCU at Otakukart. Thank you for your time, and please go to our homepage to check what else is going on with the entertainment. see you soon.
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