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Stan Lee swears he’s NOT The Watcher in the Marvel movie universe.

October 2nd, 2014 by Derek Robertson Comments

Stan Lee clarifies some issues, and unfortunately he doesn’t posses a superpower, he’s not an extraterrestrial, and he is not watching over us.

However, he looking for a more substantial role that he can really sink his teeth into …and that role might just be a part he has landed in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

As a species, it is human nature to seek the meaning in everything we are faced with on a daily basis. For instance, one may try to detect meaning or arrangements where there may not necessarily be a meaning or an arrangement and it can be purely subjective of course. If we delve in more specifically to instances where clues are planted – or what we more specifically refer to as Easter Eggs – in the movie universe, it becomes a nice addition to the source material for fans to search and enjoy.

So, if small things can have significant meaning contextually and thematically within source material, there is no reason why small things can have slightly more insignificant meaning – but also add a bit of fun into the mix.

Subsequently, like we have seen with numerous classics (The Shining documentary Room 237 for instance), there can be a tendency for individuals to look too much into the smaller details and miss the point entirely.

There has been a inclination for some fans to attribute similar meanings behind the constant cameos made by Stan Lee in the Marvel movies. It is well known by now that Stan Lee is the most famous writer, editor and co-creator of some of Marvel’s biggest characters.

Cinema Blend have reported that whilst speaking at Alamo City Comic Con, Lee was asked whether any of his myriad cameos (over 30 of the films produced or co-produced by Marvel), set in different times, locations, under various vocations, and on different planets meant that he was The Watcher. Just for those who may not know who the The Watcher is; he is an alien character whose sole purpose is to record all the events that happen – without interfering – in the Marvel Universe. I think we can all agree that it sounds like a pretty significant gig!

Well, here is what Lee had to say: “Well, I will admit I’ve been keeping my eye on all of you.”

“No, I’m afraid I don’t have any super power and I’m not extraterrestrial. Though, I’ll admit I’m a wonderful human being, but I’m really just a little more wonderful than most.”

There goes that theory out of the window, and we must admit, we are slightly gutted here at Following The Nerd, oh well! How about some more concrete news on Lee’s upcoming cameo in Marvel’s next movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron?!

“They never give me a role that I can really sink my teeth into.

“But I will tell you, speaking of Avengers 3 (we think he’s made a mistake ans said 3 instead of 2), I have a cameo in that movie, which is the funniest cameo I have done yet. I cannot tell you what it is or they would shoot me, but you must not miss it, because it gives me a chance to show my acting chops.”

So there you have it people! Stan Lee might not be The Watcher (which is disappointing) but on the flip side, we are definitely looking forward to seeing him in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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Derek Robertson has dabbled in many aspects of the media industry from a young age. He has always had an admiration for, film, science fiction and all things geek-like. Working in the music industry with Sony/BMG Records gave Derek insight and experience into video directing. Thusly, for many years he took a hands-on, multi-disciplinary approach in creating and editing treatments; working with performance artists, writing and producing music and working both; in front of, and behind the camera. Studying a Msc in Forensic Psychology has embedded a conceptual ethos that has spawned his signature writing style that he now infuses whilst blogging for numerous websites; writing music reviews, movie news, and reviewing network shows et al., . Derek continues to try and erase the boundaries between the homogenous and the insanely dull, culturally enmeshing contemporary socio-political aspects into the mix of the monolithic media industry.

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