Kevin Feige finally explains the in-story reason Stan Lee pops up in every Marvel movie

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Apr 29, 2017, 12:00 PM EDT

As expected, comic legend Stan Lee pops up in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 for his umpteenth cameo in a Marvel movie. But is there something more cosmic afoot?

Minor spoilers ahead for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2!

Lee’s cameo in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel might be the wildest yet, so stop reading here if you don’t want it spoiled. Lee pops up in a sequence where he is talking about his adventures in prior movies and hanging out with a few Watchers — aka the powerful comic figures who watch over major events across the Marvel Universe (one was famously murdered in the Original Sin storyline). So, if Lee is hanging out with Watchers, could he be some type of cosmic being himself, witnessing critical moments across the MCU? Well, kind of, yeah.

Here’s how Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige explained it to Screen Rant

“Yes, we always thought it would be fun. Stan Lee clearly exists, you know, above and apart from the reality of all the films. So the notion that he could be sitting there on a cosmic pit stop during the jump gate sequence in Guardians was something very fun – James had that idea and we shot that cameo and loved it so much, you know, you see it a couple of times in the movie. It wasn’t in for a long time and we put it back in towards the end of the process where he references that time he was a Federal Express agent – we thought it would be fun to put that in there because that really says, so wait a minute, he’s this same character who’s popped up in all these films.”

Adding even more weight to that theory, Lee’s character is called “The Watchers’ Informant” in the end credits. These cameos have always been just a nice in-joke for fans, but this seems like a pretty funny, and clever, way to tie them all together for those geeky enough to care. As the MCU introduces more of its cosmic side, it opens up a whole host of options.

What do you think? Is Lee a Watcher in training?

(Via Screen Rant)