Stan Lee continued his cameo streak in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but this time the stakes have been raised considerably compared to his past appearances.
Spoilers incoming for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, so you've been warned.
In one of the after credit scenes, Stan Lee appears among several beings waxing rhapsodic about his various stories and adventures. Ordinarily, this would be the part where people cheer and clap for Lee, but the bigger story is the people he is seen talking to. Those beings are known as The Watchers, and they are in charge of observing the happenings of the Marvel Universe, chronicling but not meddling in universe affairs. Some had theorized that Lee's role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was
The Watcher's have not meddled in human affairs often, but when they do it signifies the approaching of universe altering events. This makes sense with the coming Infinity Gauntlet storylines that will make up the next few movies thanks to Thanos. Most know one particular Watcher, Uatu, more than any other, as he helped the Fantastic Four at one point, resulting in his banishment. It wouldn't be the last time he would aid earth's heroes, and this could be a sign that the Watchers will play a bigger role in future films.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn (Slither). The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt (Jurassic World) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora; Dave Bautista (Spectre) as Drax; Vin Diesel (Furious 7) as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) as the voice of Rocket; Michael Rooker (Jumper) as Yondu; Karen Gillan (The Big Short) as Nebula; and Sean Gunn (Gilmore Girls) as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff (Oldboy), Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, Everest), Chris Sullivan (The Knick, The Drop) and Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight, The Thing).
Next up for Marvel is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on May 5, 2017. Spider-Man: Homecoming lands on July 7, 2017, followed by Thor: Ragnarok on November 3, 2017. After that Black Panther debuts on February 16, 2018, while Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018. Ant-Man and the Wasp