Stan Lee—the comic book writer famous for co-creating Marvel Comics characters Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, Doctor Strange, and Black Panther, among many others—passed away yesterday at the age of 95. Not only was Lee famous for his comic creations, but he also became well known for his cameos in the film adaptations of his books. When his characters made the transition to the virtual world, Lee came with them.
In memory of Stan Lee, OnlySP has put together a list of his video game appearances over the years to commemorate his life and work.
2000 — Spider-Man
Stan Lee’s first video game appearance was in Neversoft’s Spider-Man for the PlayStation. Lee narrates the game’s opening cutscene, as seen below, setting up the iconic game to follow. Lee also provides narration for the game’s character viewer, giving further detail into each of his iconic characters.
2001 — Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro
Lee’s next video game appearance was in Vicarious Visions’s Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro, the sequel to Neversoft’s PlayStation classic. Like in the first game, Lee narrates the game’s character viewer, allowing an even more detailed look at the characters.
2009 — Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2
Lee took an extended break from video games before returning for Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 in 2009. Providing his physical likeness for the first time in a game, Lee portrays Senator Lieber (named after Lee, who was born Stanley Lieber). Lee’s appearance in the game is a little more than a cameo, however, as he provided unique lines for each character—check it out below.
2010 — Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
Lee returned to narrate Beenox’s Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions in 2010. Beenox co-studio head and creative director Thomas Wilson spoke to OnlySP in September about his experience meeting Lee. “I also got to play his bodyguard on the way to our booth! The security team was short on staff, so they asked us to form a circle around him to push the crowd en route to where Stan Lee would be signing autographs. Achievement unlocked!”
2012 — The Avengers Origins: Hulk & Avengers Origins: Assemble!
The 2012 mobile applications The Avengers Origins: Hulk and Avengers Origins: Assemble!, which tell the story of the origins of the iconic superheroes, received the Marvel mark of approval in the form of Lee’s narration.
2012 — The Amazing Spider-Man
Perhaps Lee’s funniest cameo is in The Amazing Spider-Man, the 2012 video game based on the film of the same name. Lee is a playable character in the game and uses his superpowers (the same as Spider-Man’s) to retrieve the lost pages of a new comic book manuscript.
2013 — Lego Marvel Super Heroes
Lee’s second playable appearance—this time as a Lego character—was in Lego Marvel Super Heroes. In the game, Lee is able to power up into Stan-Hulk (arguably the most powerful superhero in any video game).
2014 — The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Lee reprised his role in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2012, based on the film starring Andrew Garfield. Lee is saved from a burning building by Spider-Man, and Parker later visits Lee at his comic book store. The result is a scene of immense fourth wall breaks—check it out below.
2014 — Lego Marvel’s Avengers
Lee, of course, appears in Lego Marvel’s Avengers as himself in several cameo appearances. He is also featured as a playable character in the game, and is able to turn into Stan-Hulk, Iron Stan, and the Stanbuster.
2017 — Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2
Lee’s final Lego appearance to date was in last year’s Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2, featured as a playable character after the player collects all 50 ‘Stan Lee in Peril’ scenarios. Lee’s playable character has the powers of Spider-Man, Thor, and Galactus.
2018 — Spider-Man
Lee’s final video game appearance was in this year’s Spider-Man from Insomniac Games. More akin to his film cameos, Lee appears as a short-order cook in the PlayStation 4 title, making a brief comment to Mary Jane Watson as Parker interrupts their dinner to save the day. Lee made mention of the role on Twitter for National Video Game Day earlier this year.
— stan lee (@TheRealStanLee) September 12, 2018
Stan Lee’s memory and vision will be forever felt across all media, including video games, and he will surely be missed. Rest easy, Stan Lee. Excelsior.