(Warning: The following contains major SPOILERS for the upcoming Doctor Strange, including a detailed description of both Stan Lee's latest cameo and its narrative context. Proceed with whatever level of caution the all-seeing Eye of Agamotto suggests to you is wise.)
Now, #StanLee may have once been best known for co-creating the majority of #Marvel's most iconic heroes, but the past few decades have seen the 93-year-old comic book legend transition into a very different sort of fame: That of the movie star. Lee, after all, has now cameo-ed in pretty much every Marvel movie out there, a trend that doesn't look set to end anytime soon. With #MarvelStudios' #DoctorStrange heading to theaters in just a few short weeks, then, Stan Lee-related speculation has of course shifted onto the Sorcerer Supreme's movie debut. And from the sounds of it...
Stan Lee's Doctor Strange Cameo Is Set To Be Super Trippy
That, at least, is the latest word to emerge from Marvel's secretive unveiling of 15-minutes of footage from the film (in IMAX format, no less) this past Monday. During that reveal, y'see, it seems that Stan-the-Man made an appearance — and one that comes complete with a seriously trippy #EasterEgg. According to Brandon Davis of ComicBook.com, the whole thing played out a little something like this:
"In what looks like one of the most epic foot chases in cinematic history, Doctor Strange and Mordo are running down streets, up building sides, and across the sky as the world warps around them. After Kaecilius bends the building on which Mordo and Strange are running, they fall to the ground and into the side of a bus. As they fall, the camera angle switches to a point of view from inside the bus, revealing Stan Lee reading Aldous Huxley's 'The Doors of Perception.' As Strange and Mordo smash into the bus' window, Lee bursts out saying, 'Now, that's hilarious!' until the camera swaps again and the chase continues."
That, though, isn't all there is to the cameo. Y'see...
Stan Lee's Cameo Is Hiding A Surprising Easter Egg
Or, to be more specific, there are some very particular implications that the appearance of Aldous Huxley's The Doors of Perception brings along with it. Y'see, it's actually a philosophical treatise that was published as a book back in 1954 that's all about Huxley (one of the most important sci-fi writers of all time) doing a bunch of mescaline, the principal ingredient in peyote.
In other words? That there cameo essentially implies that the 93-year-old Lee has just dropped a whole bunch of peyote, thus explaining why he's not all that surprised by the city morphing all around him. Which is...actually not quite as unprecedented as you might think. After all, Lee does have a history of consuming ill-advised substances within the #MCU, drinking a whole lot of Hulk-contaminated serum back in 2008's The Incredible Hulk (check out the 0.37 mark in the video below).
While we unravel that trippy-as-hell bombshell, though, let's take collective comfort in the fact that Doctor Strange will be here in just a few short weeks (it arrives in North America on November 4th) and the fact that Stan-the-Man'll apparently be arriving right along with it.
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