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Long before he did one of his now-famous cameos in a Marvel movie, Stan Lee appeared as himself in a film about a bunch of slackers killing time in suburbia. Mallrats was Kevin Smith's second movie after the breakout success of Clerks, and for his follow-up Smith swapped out deep nerdery about Star Wars for deeper nerdery about comics. In 1995, the year of Mallrats' release, seeing Lee show up in a Smith film was the perfect Venn diagram overlap of grunge proto-hipsterdom and comics fan culture.
Whoever dreamt up Lee's cameo in Captain Marvel, one of dozens he's made over the years, knows this. (****, Lee's appearance in Mallrats might've been what gave comics fans a love of his cameos to begin with.) The way he appears onscreen in his spotlight moment was clearly designed as an Easter egg for both Marvel and Mallrats fans alike.
Spoiler - Alert—as - Brie - Larson - Captain
It comes—and I'll say this once so it shall henceforth be known: spoiler alert—as Brie Larson's Captain Marvel is charging through a Los Angeles Metro Rail car looking for a shapeshifting Skree who has presumably taken the form of an unwitting human bystander. (You've seen this in the trailers: It's the moment where good ol' Marv punches an elderly woman in the face.) As she scans the crowd, she comes upon a man with his face hidden behind a movie script with a red cover that reads Mallrats. "Trust me, true believer," he's muttering, working on the intonation. The line, of course, is Lee's from the film, and the man saying it is Stan.
Lee, who died last year at the age of 95, probably loved this. As writer Jim McLauchlin noted in his remembrance of Lee for WIRED, Lee enjoyed his cameos and made a play to get one in the 2003 Hulk flick, eight...
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