The world of fandom is still mourning the passing of Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee, who died Monday in Los Angeles at the age of 95. It's only been a few days, but because of his massive impact on pop culture we know the Lee tributes will continue for the forseeable future, and many of them will come through films.
We know that Lee already filmed a few more of his signature cameos for upcoming Marvel Studios films, including the untitled fourth Avengers film and Captain Marvel, but Lee's cameos weren't just limited to live action. He was also set to make an appearance in the Wreck-It Ralph sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet, and though that film is due out in just a matter of days, Lee apparently didn't get to see his cameo before his death.
Ralph Breaks the Internet directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston explained to The Wrap that an animated version of Lee is set to appear in the film in an area of the internet inspired by Disney (the film's production company) and its many properties and characters. That includes Marvel and Star Wars, and while the directors initially envisioned a more elaborate sequence in which we'd see characters "Marvelized" by going through a machine, that scene was ultimately cut. Still, Moore and Johnston didn't want to have Marvel make an appearance in the film without also having Lee along for the ride. So Lee appears when Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) bumps into him in the "Oh My Disney" corner of the internet.
“That scene seems very poignant now on his passing, and it’s very special that we were able to have him as part of our film," Moore said.
Ralph Breaks the Internet arrives in theaters November 21, just in time for Thanksgiving. We'll be able to see a version of Lee there, and then get at least a couple more glimpses at him in Marvel films next year. Beyond that, while Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has teased some surprises in store, it's hard to tell when we'll truly see the last of Lee's film appearances.