I'm really curious as to the title of the book Stan Lee was reading in his cameo appearance in Doctor Strange. Is was relevant to the story, and I tried to make a mental note of it, but that mental note was totally lost in the crazy mind trip that followed.

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  • You might find it interesting to learn that his cameo (and a bunch of others) have been pre-filmed in front of a green screen. The Director was given a selection to choose from, then added Strange in digitally afterwards.
    – Valorum
    Feb 26, 2017 at 16:55
  • @Valorum I'm very interested in learning more about these canned cameos! Do you have a link with more information? I can only find a bunch of articles all talking about Stan filming this and three others in the same day but they were all specific to each movie.
    – J Doe
    Mar 27, 2017 at 20:47
  • @JDoe - This is the article I was thinking of. There's nothing in it to suggest that his cameos were specific to each film; ew.com/article/2016/10/29/james-gunn-stan-lee-marvel-cameos
    – Valorum
    Mar 27, 2017 at 20:50
  • @Valorum Thanks for that! But it links to an LAT story where Feige confirms those cameos were each specific to a film. latimes.com/entertainment/movies/…
    – J Doe
    Mar 27, 2017 at 21:08

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Doors of perception by Aldous Huxley.

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Its a well known book about "expanding mind" using mescaline and other halucinogenic drugs, which author describes as almost religous in their nature. This book became some sort of bible in the 60s, Jim Morrison called his band after this book.

It is quite fitting, since we can see it during pretty "tripping" scene

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    Excellent and thorough answer. I would up vote if I had enough reputation. Nov 8, 2016 at 6:31
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    – user64742
    Nov 8, 2016 at 14:30
  • Also see this answer, which adds in reasoning why it might have been an inside joke: movies.stackexchange.com/questions/62878/…
    – Majaii
    Nov 8, 2016 at 15:04
  • @Majaii - It's not much of an inside joke. The scene wasn't specifically filmed for Doctor Strange, it was filmed along with about twenty other cameos and the Director was then given a selection to pick from.
    – Valorum
    Feb 26, 2017 at 16:57
  • Nice update with the exact same book cover!
    – Yasskier
    Feb 26, 2017 at 19:17

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