Whaaaat? A Marvel character nearly got beheaded? That's right folks! One of our dear, beloved Marvel characters was nearly beheaded in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Marvel is great. They have amazing movies. Avengers was fun, clean, and totally boss. Captain America 2 was intense and kick-rear. And Guardians of the Galaxy was just over-the-top amazing.
One Marvel will do though, is become edgier by decapitating a character on-screen in front of millions of fans. That, they will not do.
According to CinemaBlend, our beloved Stan Lee was actually supposed to appear in one of the Collector's glass cages. It was the scene where Peter Quill and gang take the infinity stone to the Collector. Well you know how the story goes. The Infinity gem goes bang and destroys everything in site, setting free tons of different creatures (and Adam Warlock?).
Said James Gunn:
Kevin thought it was a little bit too jokey. And then also we very clearly saw Stan Lee’s box exploding, when the thing explodes. And I said, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if Stan Lee’s…these are the kind of ideas that I would come up with and Marvel would say I think that’s super James Gunn…but Stan Lee’s head is rolling into frame.’ And anyway, so we didn’t do that.
How cool would that have been? Honestly, I don't think very cool. What a waste of Stan Lee. His real cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy is so much better.
Which apparently according to Cinemablend, Stan Lee couldn't even make it to shoot that scene anyways. So they used a double to shoot the scene, which they scrapped later on.
Said James Gunn:
We actually did two different versions. We did one where Stan Lee was just sitting there, and one where he looked at Groot and just gave him the finger. But it wasn’t really Stan Lee, because we were in England, and Stan’s an older gentleman, and he couldn’t make the trip. So we did it with a double. And then we were going to digitally replace his head with Stan’s head, which we were going to shoot later.
Anyways, what a weird scene. It would have been so sad to see our dear old man decapitated.
What do you guys think will be Stan Lee's cameo in Avengers: Age of Ultron? I guarantee you he will be in there. Maybe (plot twist) he's actually Ultron. We shall see...