10:30am PT by Graeme McMillan
'Guardians of the Galaxy' Director Teases Next Three Stan Lee Cameos
James Gunn has confirmed that he is the man responsible for the next few Stan Lee cameos in Marvel Studios movies, responding to a report this weekend that he directed "The Man" in scenes for no less than four separate upcoming Marvel projects — although he's not exactly convinced about that number.
"To be honest, I think I only did three cameos," he wrote on Facebook this weekend. "One was shot by someone else. And my third probably isn't what you think it is…"
The third? What about the first two? Well, the first is Lee's appearance in this week's Doctor Strange, as revealed by Strange director Scott Derrickson; the second would, sensibly, be Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which is not only Gunn's own movie but also the next Marvel movie on the calendar. (It'll be released May 5 next year.)
Gunn himself might have given a hint to the unlikely third movie in his Facebook post when talking about how much he loves working with the 93-year-old co-creator of the Fantastic Four, Avengers and Hulk, among many other characters.
"There are few people in this world I love and admire more and have more fun with than Stan Lee," he wrote. "Even though he does love breaking my and everyone else's balls (I introduced him to Tom Holland for the first time and he said, 'Everyone says you're great! Personally, I don't see it.')."
The mention of Holland points toward Gunn directing a Lee cameo for Spider-Man: Homecoming, which may not be an official Marvel Studios movie — it's a Sony release, thereby earning it the surprise third title — but is the next Marvel Cinematic Universe project to reach theaters after the second Guardians. Occam's razor would suggest it should be the third cameo…but what is the fourth that "someone else" directed alongside Gunn's trilogy, and who directed it?