The legendary comic book creator is going to enlist with ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’
For those fans that are keeping track, Lee has made cameos in 18 (and counting) film titles based on characters he’s had a hand in creating. Also, he’s made many television appearances in non-Marvel capacities playing himself, such as a guest appearance on ‘The Big Bang Theory.' Typically, the parts are small, a cameo with a sight gag and maybe a snappy one-liner worthy of old-school Spiderman. However in this case, Lee has hinted his guest spot is a big role, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Could he play a retired S.H.I.E.L.D. veteran, or a mad scientist, or a villainous heavy? Maybe they’ll go completely meta and have Lee play himself as a genial comic-writer who created the characters in the show…whoa.
‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ had a strong premiere in the fall riding a wave of popular interest in Marvel properties thanks to box-office hits like ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Iron Man 3.' Yet the success hasn’t translated to the television market for ABC so far, as the show has been bleeding viewers and ratings over the first half of the season. The inclusion of Stan Lee, who also serves as an executive producer on the series, is yet another attempt by the network to bottle some of that Thor thunder on a TV budget.
I’ve written about the various issues this show has faced and my naïveté hopes as a fan of comic adaptations that they can right the ship. Here’s hoping the role actually is significant to the story, and not a repeat of the shallow marketing crossover with ‘Thor: The Dark World,' which ended up irritating fans rather than convincing them to watch.
The episode of ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ featuring Stan Lee airs on February 4 on ABC. Excelsior!