Fans have seen a performance by Stan Lee in the official trailer for Venom: Let There Be Carnage. For years, Lee was known for making special cameo appearances in almost every Marvel movie to be made. In the original Venom, Lee was a dog walker who interacts briefly with Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy). Sadly, since Lee died a few weeks after that Venom was released in theaters, he was unable to appear physically Poison 2.
Lee may be gone, but that doesn’t mean filmmakers aren’t continuing the tradition of working the late Marvel creator in major release movies. These posthumous guest appearances are usually kept as surprises found in the movie, but many fans have noticed Lee’s presence in the Poison 2 trailer. The moment comes when Eddie Brock makes his way through the store, past a selection of magazines to his right – and the one in the front just happens to have Lee’s face on the cover.
In Avengers: Endgame (2019), Stan Lee appeared posthumously in his last live-action cameo, playing a digitally obsolete motorist in 1970. The scene also featured a recreation of Lee’s wife, Joan Boocock Lee, as it actually appeared that year. Shortly before Endgame‘s release, Lee was also seen posthumously in another cameo, this time playing himself reading his lines from the screenplay for Mallrats.
Prior to Stan Lee’s death, the Marvel legend was featured in Deadpool 2 seen as graffiti art while Domino flies through the city. When the film was re-released with a PG-13 cut following Lee’s death, the writing “RIP” was added to the graffiti as a way of paying tribute. This followed a cameo from Lee personally in the original Deadpool in 2016. That memorable appearance saw Lee work as an MC at a strip club as himself.
“Give up for chastity!” Lee roared in the movie.
Earlier this year, a reference to Lee was spotted on the Disney + series WandaVision. One of the introductory segments included a Wanda Maximoff car license plate with the number “122822”. This represents Lee’s date of birth, December 28, 1922. Easter eggs like this one and the magazine cover in Venom: Let There Be Carnage are fun ways to keep Lee’s memory alive in Marvel projects for years to come, even if some cameos are more subtle than others.
Tom Hardy returns as Eddie Brock Venom: Let There Be Carnage to confront Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage. The sequel also introduces Naomie Harris as Shriek, Carnage’s love interest and partner in crime in the original Maximum carnage comic book series. The sequel also stars Reid Scott, Stephen Graham, Peggy Lu, Sean Delaney and Larry Olubamiwo. Andy Serkis directed a screenplay by Kelly Marcel. Hardy, Marcel, Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, Hutch Parker.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage is scheduled for release in theaters on September 24, 2021. The official trailer for the anticipated sequel was released by Sony Pictures on Monday.
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