Be aware that the following article contains minor spoilers relating to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, in particular, the role that Stan Lee plays in his cameo.
Just to make sure you don’t accidentally read further than you want to, here’s a picture of Stan the Man to fill some space.
Okay, so everyone here is fine knowing a little bit about the Stan Lee cameo in Guardians 2, right?
Apparently, the movie makes it official: Stan Lee is The Watcher.
Fans have debated this particular theory a lot over the past few years. The gist of it goes that Smilin’ Stan plays Uatu, a character who, in the comics, is a big-headed bald guy who sees everything on Earth, watching all the major events that take place in order to catalogue Earth’s history.
The popular headcanon for some fans is that Stan Lee, who always seems to show up in Marvel movies purely for the sake of a brief, funny cameo, is actually Uatu, in a human disguise, keeping an eye on the Avengers and other superheroes as they battle the forces of evil (or, more often, each other).
When asked about this theory in a recent interview, Marvel producer Kevin Feige said that the studio has decided to roll with it:
“Yes, we always thought it would be fun. Stan Lee clearly exists, you know, above and apart from the reality of all the films. So the notion that he could be sitting there on a cosmic pit stop during the jump gate sequence in Guardians was something very fun – James had that idea and we shot that cameo and loved it so much, you know, you see it a couple of times in the movie. It wasn’t in for a long time and we put it back in towards the end of the process where he references that time he was a Federal Express agent – we thought it would be fun to put that in there because that really says, so wait a minute, he’s this same character who’s popped up in all these films.”
So there you have it – not only does Stan Lee actually play The Watcher in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, but he specifically references his cameo from Captain America: Civil War, effectively proving this ridiculous fan theory.
It just goes to show, you never know when big name movie producers are reading your superhero fan fiction.
So be careful what you wish for the next time you speculate about whether Rocket Raccoon is secretly Wolverine’s son. Stranger things have happened in comic book movies.