No More Stan Lee Cameos in the MCU?
After his death in 2018, the great Stan Lee and Marvel Comics artists left behind more than 100 new comic creations. In a recent press release, Genius Brands International announced they just purchased the rights to them and Stan Lee’s likeness.
That means we might not see any more Stan Lee cameos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
— Genius Brands (@GNUSBrands) July 6, 2020
This large class of new and largely unknown comic book characters will build a new world of kids entertainment in the years to come. Stan Lee is even has a cameo on their Facebook page.
Genius Brands will expand and build upon the multiverse of Marvel Comic’s creators. However, this new world will not include the Disney-owned Marvel characters.
In a statement Andy Hayward, chief executive and chairman of Genius Brands said:
Having worked with Stan and been a close friend for almost 30 years, nothing could make me prouder than for Genius Brands to become the guardian of both his brand and body of work.
Are Stan Lee Cameos in the MCU a thing of the past?
Genius Brand may opt to add in cartoon versions of the Stan Lee Universe’s namesake. So fans of Lee’s cameos in the MCU will likely love seeing him add humor to future kids shows.
However, Genius Brands now owns the rights to Stan Lee’s likeness. What does that mean? Let’s go back to the press release:
Stan Lee Universe will assume worldwide rights, in perpetuity, to the name, physical likeness, physical signature, live-action and animated motion picture, television, online, digital, publishing, comic book, merchandising and licensing rights to Stan Lee and his [intellectual property].
If we’re reading this right, that means no more Stan Lee cameos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. No more Tony Stark mistaking this guy for Hugh Hefner or Larry King…
Now there is some boring legalese at the end of the press release. It might mean we’ll still get to see allusions to our first and favorite MCU creator.
So maybe Genius Brands will play nice and let MCU fans glimpse the Father of Marvel in future flicks. But if this does mean the end if Stan Lee cameos in Marvel Movies, we expect to see disappointed fans.
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