New footage from the upcoming “Thor” was unveiled to cheers at Las Vegas’ CinemaCon earlier this week — but there was one scene that got the crowd particularly jazzed. It was a cameo by Stan Lee, the longtime Marvel Comics writer, editor and executive who has made cameos in all of the feature films built around characters he created with collaborators such as Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Larry Lieber, Bill Everett and Don Heck.
In “Thor,” which hits theaters May 6, Lee plays a truck driver attempting to pull the Norse god’s hammer from the ground with his vehicle.
“Did I do it well? Did I look like a truck driver? Because I’m a method actor. I bought myself a truck and I rehearsed,” Lee joked on the orange carpet at the Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday. Lee said he was about to film another cameo, for “Captain America: The First Avenger,” which arrives in theaters on July 22, though he’s unsure who he’ll be playing. “They just tell me what to do,” he said. “I never have anything to say about it. When I show up, I never know what I’m gonna do.”
Heading into a summer packed with superhero movies, Lee credited the appetite to a collective need for “fairy tales for grown-ups.”
“I think young kids have always loved fairy tales — stories of monsters and giants and witches,” he said. “But as you get older, you can’t read fairy tales anymore. But then along come superhero stories and they fill the same gap. They’re like fairy tales but they’re for older people in the real world, and I think everybody loves things that are bigger than life, you know? And certainly superhero movies are.”
Meanwhile, as for which film he should drop in on next, Lee offered up a suggestion: “I wonder why DC Comics doesn’t have me do a cameo in Batman? Just think how people would come to see that. They wouldn’t believe it.”
– Amy Kaufman
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