ByJames M. Tate, writer at Creators.co
Top Shark Cinema Writer at CultFilmFreaks.com and Now a Movie Pilot Remora...
James M. Tate

Alfred Hitchcock was the man. When he'd appear in his own films - if only for a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment - it was reminiscent of the master behind everything who only needed to show himself for an instant.

Enter Stan Lee, one of the master creators of the Marvel universe, an eclectic lot that has taken over the cinematic box office worldwide, from X-MEN to the latest SPIDER-MAN reboot/sequel...

Stan's cameos are usually right up front, but no longer does the comic book icon appear for real fans to quickly notice, but now he seems like a human endorsement, or something... More Colonel Sanders than Hitchcock lately.

Maybe it's just a sole opinion, but Stan's cameos have seemed a bit intrusive, forced and self-aware... As much as he's beloved, and is a downright awesome pioneer, maybe he should go back to scooting by on screen without calling too much attention to himself, because less is always more. It's gone from, "Hey, look, it's him!" to "Hey, look, it's me!"

These longer-stretched appearances seemed to have started with the Edward Norton INCREDIBLE HULK where Stan, reaching into a fridge, actually (and awkwardly) moves the plot along... And in CAPTAIN AMERICA 2 he has a line, something about losing his job...

Sure it's cute, but maybe too cute... Cutesy... Perhaps Stan Lee should be noticed, not marveled at... So to speak...

By James M. Tate

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