Is Stan Lee contractually obligated to have a cameo in every Marvel Comics movie? Or is it just that Marvel thinks that is what fans want to see? I've got nothing wrong with him popping up as a startled soda drinker in The Incredible Hulk or as Hugh Hefner in Iron Man, but I'm not exactly going to be disappointed if I don't see the comic icon's grin on the big screen. I really am just curious where the motivation for the Stan Lee cameo comes from.

Fanboyweb has what they believe are the details of Lee's cameo in Kenneth Branagh's Thor movie. The information reportedly comes from someone who was onset when the sequence was shot. Obviously it's just a rumor, but should it be accurate, the below is definitely a spoiler if you'd rather remain virgin on the details of Lee's Thor appearance.

"Thor's hammer ( Mjolnir ) is found lying inside a crater in the middle of the road by the U.S. Army. The army tries to move it but can't because it's too heavy. They decide to bring in a truck for assistance. The soldiers tie Thor's hammer to the back of the truck with chains. The truck driver accelerates to pull Mjohnir. The back half of the truck falls apart as the front keeps moving. Finally, the camera cuts to the driver who happens to be comic legend Stan Lee."

It actually sounds like quite the cool scene to me, but, honestly, I hope it doesn't end up being punctuated with a cutesy, "Hey, it's Stan Lee!" gag. Thanks again to Fanboyweb for the find and Sci Fi Wire for the montage of Lee cameos embedded below.
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