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Now that Stan Lee is dead, I am wondering if I'll be able to see his legendary cameo in the upcoming Avengers 4 movie.

Did he finish shooting for it?

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    Star Wars didn't seem to have any problem with using CGI to recreate dead actors, Marvel could easily do the same with Stan Lee if they wanted. Nov 13, 2018 at 10:35
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    @RobbyReindeer: And both franchises are owned by Disney.
    – DrSheldon
    Nov 13, 2018 at 16:13
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    @RobbyReindeer Star Wars didn't do it at the last minute, though. It had been planned for quite a long time. Also, one of the recreated actors in Star Wars wasn't actually dead at the time of the recreation. She was just a lot older, though she has unfortunately died since then.
    – reirab
    Nov 13, 2018 at 17:31
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    @RobbyReindeer Star Wars also had controversy sparking the usage of Peter Cushing (Tarkin) in Rogue 1 on whether or not it should have been done. That was with an actor who died well over 20 years ago. They might use unpublished footage, but for Leia and Stan Lee, I think most fans would feel it is too soon to CGI them into a movie.
    – ggiaquin16
    Nov 13, 2018 at 18:59
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    @RobbyReindeer Also, the characters in Rogue One had major plot-related roles, even though Leia's was brief. (See also Blade Runner 2049.) Lee's cameos are never plot-crucial; the appeal of his cameos is purely "hey, it's Stan Lee having fun!" Nov 13, 2018 at 19:04

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Stan Lee filmed a cameo for Avengers 4, according to Director Joe Russo.

"So, Stan, typically we try to get him out — he doesn't love to fly — so we try to get him out for his cameos around the same time," Russo stated. "So if we have other movies shooting on the same lot that we're on, for instance Ant-Man 2 or Avengers 4, we group his cameos together and then move him from one set to the next and kind of get him through his cameos in one day."

IGN:UK - STAN LEE ALREADY FILMED HIS AVENGERS 4 CAMEO

And we've finally been able to see the cameo now that the film has aired

Specifically, Lee turns up in a scene set at a secretive US Army base in 1970s New Jersey, where a younger-looking Lee (with dark hair and moustache) drives past the compound and mocks the military men inside.

“Hey man,” he shouts, “make love not war!” before driving off over the horizon with a mystery woman in the car beside him.

Stan Lee’s final Marvel cameo in Avengers: Endgame bids farewell to a legend

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    I heard that they also filmed a bunch of just random stuff "to be inserted in the future where it seems appropriate." That was just hearsay, but it wouldn't surprise me. Nov 13, 2018 at 14:54
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    @Draco18s - In the Ant Man extras you see Stan filming various lines that haven't been included in a film yet. Probably enough for fifty films if they cut them up and play their cards right.
    – Valorum
    Nov 13, 2018 at 14:55
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    I haven't seen it, but that sounds like what someone told me last night, yes. The more I made (to someone else) was that they've "got cameos for the next 20 years. Hope they 3D scanned him, too." Nov 13, 2018 at 14:57
  • You could now update this to say yes, they did include a Stan Lee camio Apr 28, 2019 at 19:11
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Stan Lee may have cameos in six upcoming movies, of which four are Marvel movies: Captain Marvel, Avengers 4, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and Spider-Man: Far from Home.

Update: According to Entertainment Weekly, Lee will not appear in Dark Phoenix.

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    @Damon: Recreating an actor is an expensive time-consuming process. It is a challenge. Nov 13, 2018 at 18:20
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    @Damon Not only is it expensive and time-consuming, the results tend to get mixed reception. Many people considered the Rogue One CGI to be well in the realm of the uncanny valley. Also, since the point of Stan Lee's cameos is "hey, it's Stan Lee", rather than something in-universe and character-based, there's little reason to continue the tradition now that he's no longer alive. Nov 13, 2018 at 19:07
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    I'd anticipate easter eggs. Something like a hotdog cart labelled as "Ol' Stan's New York Style Hotdogs" and a really young person saying "my grampa left me this cart..." or in a similar vein.
    – Criggie
    Nov 14, 2018 at 2:23
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    @Criggie Or Larry Lieber as a UPS guy apologising for having to "fill in for the usual guy" Nov 14, 2018 at 8:08
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    @KyleStrand: Well I'm not sure. The third Matrix movie wasn't that bad (CGI-wise) and that was 15 years ago. The 50-year-younger-50-lbs-more-muscle Arnold Schwarzenegger seen in "Genisys" looked pretty convincing to me, too. Remember Gollum? Over 15 years ago, and pretty convincing. Zemeckis' Beowulf (Winstone at least) wasn't that great, admitted (though Jolie bought me) -- again, over 10 years ago. Getting a believeable cameo (which is what, 2-3 seconds in the back of a scene?) would be no technical challenge to a studio. That's something you can almost do mostly-believeably at home.
    – Damon
    Nov 14, 2018 at 13:58

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