Stan Lee has become somewhat of an iconic symbol of pop culture in recent years. As several characters he co-created are adapted into Hollywood blockbusters, such as Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, X-Men, and perhaps his most famous creation, Spider-Man, Lee has entered the spotlight with his numerous cameos in superhero blockbusters, appearing in most Marvel movies since 2000’s X-Men. Most recently, Stan Lee has cameoed in every film within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is now the highest grossing franchise of all time. However, Twentieth Century Fox have plans to turn the spotlight completely onto Stan Lee, The Hollywood Reporter announces, as they have bought the rights to Stan Lee’s life, although what they plan isn’t the standard biopic one might assume.
Fox’s Stan Lee movie will reportedly be a period action-adventure movie with Stan Lee as the main character, rather than a biopic. The project will apparently be similar in tone to the likes of Kingsman: The Secret Service or Roger Moore’s 007 films. The film already has Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, producers of such films as Twilight, The Maze Runner and 2017’s Power Rangers, attached to produce. Stan Lee himself, and his partner at POW! Entertainment, Gil Champion, will serve as executive producers. 20th Century Fox are no strangers to Stan Lee, having worked on projects such as Daredevil, Fantastic Four and the X-Men saga that have adapted his co-creations, with Lee appearing in cameo roles in most of them.
This project may seem like a bizarre way to take on Stan Lee’s life story, but it appears to be a choice to play up more to the iconic symbol, or ‘brand’ if you will, that Lee has created himself in the last decade or so. Stan Lee is known for having fun with his fame, having also made appearances in several other projects such as The Big Bang Theory, Big Hero 6 and Mallrats, plus making appearances in other mediums such as appearing as a playable character in Lego Marvel Super Heroes.
Fans of Marvel Comics may be slightly disheartened to hear that the project will not be tackling the real life events of Stan Lee’s life, however, given his lengthy time in the industry from 1939, as well as the monumental role he played in Marvel’s popularity following his co-creation of Fantastic Four in 1961. Luckily, Lee isn’t exactly shy when it comes to discussing his creations, and fans can find a plethora of interviews and documentaries that look into his work with Marvel Comics and more. Stan Lee was born in 1922, putting him at 93 currently with his 94th birthday at the end of the year. Lee recently confirmed he has cameos in Marvel Studios next three films: Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Stan Lee can be seen cameoing in Doctor Strange, released on 25th October in the UK.