Even the most casual Marvel fan knows to keep their eyes peeled for a Stan Lee cameo in every movie; it's never if he'll show up, just how or when.
As it turns out, James Gunn's initial plan for Stan Lee's cameo in "Guardians of the Galaxy" was even quirkier than the one he posted a pic of a few months ago. (That one, which you can see below, shows Lee as one of the Collector's intergalactic prizes, but it was nixed for creative reasons.) On Jeff Goldsmith's podcast "The Q&A," Gunn revealed that another idea he had for Lee's cameo was to straight up murder the Marvel mogul when the Collector's museum blows up at the end.
Gunn told Goldsmith, "And I said, 'Wouldn't it be great if Stan Lee's - these are the kind of ideas that I would come up with and Marvel would say, 'I think that's super, James Gunn' - but Stan Lee's head is rolling into frame.' And anyway, so we didn't do that."
Instead, the post-credits teaser revealed a much weirder artifact lurking in the rubble of the Collector's museum. Haven't seen "GoTG" yet? What are you waiting for, a formal invitation from your very own dancing baby Groot?
#gotgpicoftheday At a panel on Sunday at Dragoncon, I talked about a deleted @realstanlee cameo in Guardians, and promised the folks there I'd post a photo on Instagram - so here it is! As you can see, this is not Stan, but a double. In the original cut of the film, when the Guardians enter the Collector's museum, Rocket looks over and sees Cosmo the dog in one display case, Quill looks over into another display case and is surprised by a tentacle slapping against the glass, and Groot looks over and sees, in another display case, Stan Lee. In one take, Stan Lee just slowly turns up his finger, flipping off Groot. We shot this footage with a Stan Lee double because Stan wasn't able to come to the UK at the time. The plan was to shoot Stan in the same lighting when I was back in LA, and we'd digitally replace the double's head with Stan's actual head (not quite as difficult as it sounds). Although I thought the cameo was funny, I thought the flipping off joke was too similar to the moment earlier in the film where Quill flips off the Nova Corps, so I excised that part of it immediately. A couple of the guys at Marvel thought Stan Lee in a case was too broad of a joke in general, and that it took the audience out of the movie. I argued about it for a bit, but we ended up not keeping it in the film. In a pretty typical case of Internet-journalism-telephone, articles online yesterday said that Disney forbade the scene because of standards . However, that's incorrect - no one at Disney ever even saw the scene, and it was cut solely for creative reasons. #gotg #guardiansofthegalaxy