Hey everyone, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, and I figured the only way appropriate come back would be to pick up where I left off – being angry at Stan Lee. Today’s reason to rant is the news that the Venerable Mr. Lee will have “a big part” in an upcoming episode of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. expected to air on February 4th.
This is a slightly more interesting development than his usual showing up in the background, shrug, wheeze out something reminiscent of a Flinstonian dinosaur’s refrain of ‘it’s a living,’ and disappear routine. This raises a question. Do we even want this? What’s the point of having Stan Lee on this show? Dude is not an actor! He wrote a bunch of amazing comic books (with extensive help from the god Jack Kirby), but he isn’t exactly qualified to be heavily featured in anything.
There’s another major upcoming role for the elder statesman in Stan Lee’s Mighty 7, but at least that’s fully his thing, which makes me wonder whether he’ll play himself, or an actual character on Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Either way I don’t think it will go great for him.
There’s a weird complex when it comes to Stan Lee, and I feel after so much complaining I need to explain my position. I think Stan Lee is a brilliant guy. He did some amazing work and radically changed comics forever. I also think he’s done some iffy things, but that’s a conversation for another day. I do not, however, think that there’s any reason to treat him like some revered mastermind as far as Marvel movies are concerned.
He has less and less to do with that product, and his presence does nothing but take audiences out of a fictional world and remind them that they are watching a movie based on a comic book, yet he can’t stop jumping up and down yelling look at me. Take the victory, dude. Just let it happen, Stan. You’ve done your part.