If there’s a Marvel movie based off a character that he either created or wrote, you can bet that Stan Lee will cameo in that movie, and now his appearances won’t just be limited to films. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lee is reported to appear in an upcoming episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. While we don’t know who he’ll be playing yet, it will apparently be a “big role.” The episode is expected to air on Feb. 4, and the Reporter posted a picture with stars Clark Gregg, Elizabeth Henstridge and executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen.
This isn’t Lee’s first foray into television. He has cameoed on shows like The Big Bang Theory, Heroes, Eureka and Chuck, and briefly hosted Who Wants To Be A Superhero? on SyFy. Next month he’ll star in Stan Lee’s Mighty 7, the first in a series of three animated movies to air on the Hub Network.
Considering Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s steady drop in viewership, not to mention its mixed reviews, maybe Lee’s appearance could give the series a quick boost. He obviously won’t be as well-recognized as Samuel L. Jackson was when he appeared in the show’s second episode, but I’ve learned that even non-comics fans are starting to recognize Lee when he pops up in the movies, even if they don’t know him by name right away.
The primary question is who he will be playing. A witness to an unusual crime? An ally from S.H.I.E.L.D.? The main villain of the episode? It could be anyone, but I’m hoping for one particular theory to be true. I’ve seen this theory multiple times in comments sections, and it gives an explanation for why Lee pops up in all these movies. He’s Uatu the Watcher!
Oh sure, he doesn’t look like the character, but maybe Lee is this omnipotent being who’s been observing Earth for many years. It could also explain why he appears in movies that aren’t connected with each other, like the Fox or Sony movies. He’s capable of traveling to alternate universes and has been watching over multiple Earths for God knows how long. It could work, right?
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter