This was uncovered by New York Times writer, Kyle Buchanan, who spoke to the film's three directors, Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman. The filmmakers revealed that Lee (who passed away in November) can be spotted in a number of the movie's crowd shots and task anyone who picks up the Blu-ray to play a game of Where's Waldo?: Stan Lee Edition.
"Talked to the Into the Spider-Verse directors, who issued a challenge to viewers once they get their hands on the Blu-ray: Since every animator was eager to animate Stan Lee, the late Marvel mastermind is actually an extra in several crowd shots. See if you can find him!" wrote Buchanan on Twitter.
The Marvel movie, which has enjoyed widespread acclaim from both fans and critics alike, took home the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature this past Sunday. While Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) lives in an alternate reality and could not accept the award in person, he later "acknowledged" the win on Into the Spider-Verse's official Facebook page.
With art by Yuhki Demers, we see Miles (in his full Ultimate Spider-Man costume) accepting a cartoon-ized version of the Golden Globe statue.
Domestically, the movie has made over $133 million, according to Box Office Mojo. Foreign markets have yielded $141.5 million, bringing the international total to more than $275 million. Fans can also read the screenplay — written by Rothman and EP Phil Lord — online for free.