Captain Marvel will serve as the MCU’s first theatrical release since the passing of Stan Lee, ensuring that the comic book creator’s traditional cameo will pack a little extra emotional weight this time round. And while the general public is still a couple of weeks away from seeing the footage for themselves, Ryan Fleck seems very pleased with the scene they gave the writer.
Fleck and his co-director Anna Boden recently sat down with Fox 5, who asked the pair what the secret is to mastering a good Stan Lee cameo. In his spoiler-free response, Fleck recalled how it was really just a matter of finding a space in the movie that Lee seemed to naturally slot into.
“You know it just, it felt right… When you look at the script and you’re like, ‘Where are we gonna put Stan Lee in this movie?,’ that seemed like the right place. Throw him into that scene.”
Fleck went on to share some fond memories of Lee’s time on the set, and the respect he drew from the film’s crew, saying:
“It’s just great when he comes on set it’s, uh, it’s a real honor to meet him. He’s a legend in this business and, uh, everyone really like pays attention and people come out of the woodwork, you know, some crew member you didn’t even know will come out trying to shake his hand.”
Though Fleck stopped short of mentioning anything specific about Lee’s cameo, early viewers of the film have reported that the movie opens with a rather touching tribute to the late legend that may get a few fans misty-eyed before Carol Danvers’ first adventure has even begun.
Speaking of which, now that the social media embargo has lifted on Captain Marvel, the Brie Larson-led flick has received a glowing response online that’s likely to continue once the review embargo lifts on March 5th. The positive reception bodes very well for the movie’s opening weekend, which was already the subject of promising box office projections, but you can judge for yourself if the film is worth all the hype when it arrives in theaters on March 8th, 2019.