I watched as Ant-Man came closer to the credits. There was one thing I hadn't seen yet, and it made me nervous.
The Stan Lee cameo.
I hadn't seen it yet, and I was worried that the drunken Stan Lee from Avengers: Age of Ultron was the last cameo I was going to see.
Finally, it came and I breathed a sigh of relief. I was excited to see it, but it did get me thinking. Stan Lee is getting older.
As he gets older, and I watch adamantly for his many cameos, I can't help but wonder what will happen when he is gone.
What I don't want to happen, is I watch one of the new Marvel movies, and notice that something is missing. Stan Lee's cameo wasn't there. That is what worried me as I watched Ant-Man. I thought that is what had happened, and I realized that it would be awful.
No, what I want to happen is he go out with a bang!
I want Stan Lee to decide which is his last movie, then Marvel to design a cameo for him that will be remembered for ages to come.
This idea that I had, might actually work wonderfully in Civil War. An idea of making Stan Lee a small secondary character that has a huge impact.
A battle drags on. Fighting superheroes are everywhere. No one can tell what is going on. Smoke flows past the battling bodies. Captain America has his back turned to another fighting hero. This hero turns and shows his face.
Stan Lee stands on the battlefield.
He looks at his Captain and notices a cowardly soldier with a gun pointed at Cap's back. Not taking a step back to think, Stan Lee jumps into action, putting himself between Steve and the oncoming bullet.
Having scared off the hero he had been fighting, Steve turns just in time to see what Stan Lee had done.
He runs to the fallen Lee who beckons him to come closer.
"We need to get you to help."
"No, it's too late for me."
"You didn't have to do that, thank you. You are a mightier man than I am."
Stan Lee looks up at Rogers, the twinkling smile in his eyes.
"No, I may have helped, but what we fight for is bigger than any one man, and the morals we fight for will live on forever. Young man, I need you to remember that."
And with this, the Legend closes his eyes.
This is what I envision for Stan Lee's exit. It needs to be big and inspirational.
His work has changed the lives of those who enjoy his heroes. When he is done, Stan Lee's concluding cameo needs to reflect his powerful impact on his heroes, Marvel, and modern culture.