Stan Lee might be gone, but he certainly won't be forgotten. Before passing away tragically on Nov. 12, 2018, Lee left a handful of future cameos behind — so fans will likely still be seeing him on the big screen for a while.
The 95-year-old comic book legend had reportedly filmed cameos for at least three more Marvel movies over the past year.
That's the word from Avengers: Infinity Wars co-director Joe Russo, who, in an interview with BBC Scotland Radio, talked about the process of shooting Lee's iconic scenes all at once for several Marvel flicks at the studio's production headquarters in Atlanta to make it easier on the beloved comic book writer given his advanced age.
"So, Stan, typically we try to get him out — he doesn’t love to fly — so we try to get him out for his cameos around the same time,” Russo said. “So if we have other movies shooting on the same lot that we’re on, for instance Ant-Man 2 or Avengers 4, we group his cameos together and then move him from one set to the next and kind of get him through his cameos in one day. But he's great and a blast to have on set and everybody loves it."
That means fans can expect Lee to likely pop up in the yet-to-be-titled fourth Avengers movie, and possibly Captain Marvel.
As it currently stands, the Marvel mastermind officially has 32 cameos under his belt up through Avengers: Infinity War, essentially stealing the show in every Marvel adventure dating back to 1989's TV movie The Trial of The Incredible Hulk.
His frequently funny bits — whether he's playing a postman in 2005 Fantastic Four, dispensing advice to Peter Parker in 2007's Spider-Man 3, or giving Thor a haircut in last year's Thor: Ragnarok — are a reminder that Lee and his amazing legacy has been and always will be the glue that holds the Marvel Universe together.
Editor's note (Nov. 12, 2018): This story has been updated in the wake of Stan Lee's death.