Stan Lee’s ‘Black Panther’ Cameo Is Revealed


SPOILER ALERT: This obviously contains a SPOILER for ‘Black Panther’ so proceed with caution.

Stan Lee has made cameos in a large number of Marvel movies and TV shows, including those based on characters he had no hand in creating (the two ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ films, even in animated form in ‘Big Hero 6’).  But Black Panther is definitely a character created by Lee, along with longtime collaborator Jack Kirby and is one of the most significant, being the first black superhero in comics.  So it’s absolutely fitting that he once again returns to the big screen for a cameo in the film which opens today.

If you want to know how Lee appears in the film, proceed.  If not, turn back.

Stan pops up during T’Challa’s mission to South Korea.  He, Nakia and Okoye infiltrate an underground casino in order to track down Ulysses Klaue and T’Challa steps up to the craps table.  However, just after he throws the dice, he spies Everett K. Ross and realizes his mission is compromised.  He steps away from the table to speak to him, not realizing he cast a huge winning roll.

After he steps away, Lee pops up as another gambler at the table and offers to “hold those chips” until the King of Wakanda returns.  This, of course, never happens.

On the one hand, the casino setting is in keeping with some of his more hedonistic appearances in recent films (drunk vet in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, host at a strip club in ‘Deadpool’).  At the same time, as on the nose as the cameo is, it feels natural in the film, doesn’t break the fourth wall and isn’t as hammy as some of his other cameos.  Fans should be happy!

Ryan Coogler directed ‘Black Panther’ and co-wrote it with Joe Robert Cole.  The film stars Chadwick Boseman, Angela Bassett, Winston Duke, Martin Freeman, Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, Daniel Kaluuya, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Forest Whitaker and Letitia Wright.  It is in theaters now!

 

Jason Motes

Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.




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