As fans continue to mourn the passing of Stan Lee, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige – the man responsible for bringing many of Lee’s creations to life so successfully with the Marvel Cinematic Universe – has penned a heartfelt tribute to the comic book legend over at Entertainment Weekly, during which he described his final meeting with the Marvel icon.
“[Stan] was very nice in my interactions with him, including what ended up being my final conversation with him about two weeks before he died. I went to his house to see him, and he reminisced about the cameos. We were talking about what was coming up, always looking to the future. Did he know that his time was running out? I don’t know. In hindsight, he was slightly more wistful than I’d seen him before. He talked about the past more than I had ever heard him talk about the past. So maybe on some level, he knew.
“When I sat down by his chair in our last meeting, the very first thing he said was: “I know you want me to star in the next movie, but I have to just stick to the cameos. You’ll have to leave the starring roles to the other actors. I’m sorry. He would show up to the movie sets game for anything. But one thing he would always do is try to add more lines. He always would joke — but not really joke — about wanting more lines, although he understood why we couldn’t. God forbid he would start to overshadow the hero. That was something a character like Stan Lee could easily do.”
It has already been confirmed that Stan Lee completed several MCU cameos before his passing, including Captain Marvel and Avengers 4, both of which are sure to prove emotional for fans of the beloved comic book creator.