Fans hoping for a chance to meet Stan Lee at Comic-Con International in San Diego were disappointed to learn Thursday that the Marvel icon was forced to bow out of his scheduled appearances at the pop culture expo.
The culprit? A case of laryngitis.
In a statement released Thursday, the first full day of Comic-Con 2014, a spokesman for Lee said, “Unfortunately, Stan Lee has lost his voice due to laryngitis and is unable to attend this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, and has regrettably had to cancel his appearances. Stan is otherwise well and in good health, though he is disappointed to miss the event and wishes everyone a great time.”
Lee, 91, had been set to attend the convention on Friday and Saturday.
Marvel enthusiasts will, however, be able to catch a glimpse of the iconic comic-book creator in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Marvel’s new space adventure set for release Aug. 1, as Lee has a cameo in the film.
Directed by James Gunn, “Guardians” follows Chris Pratt’s sarcastic hero Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, as he forms an unlikely alliance with a band of interstellar ruffians — assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), vengeful Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), machine-gun wielding Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and sentient tree Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel).
Check back tomorrow for our detailed interview with Gunn about the project.
– Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex
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