Stan Lee will forever be remembered for creating some of the most beloved as well as iconic superheroes in American history. However, the titan of comic book publishing made one of his most indelible marks on pop culture through his many tongue-in-cheek cameos in a slew of Marvel movies as well as TV shows over the last 30 years.
via his first major appearance as a hot dog vendor inside first film inside X-Men franchise, through his multiple, splashy cameos across the many, many films inside Marvel Cinematic Universe (not to mention the numerous walk-ons in several TV shows as well as made-for-TV movies), Lee’s face as well as kind smile became a hotly anticipated Easter egg for Marvel fans every time a brand new action epic hit theaters.
During the course of his famed cameos, Lee played nearly every profession imaginable, via a postal worker to a security guard to a World War II military commander to a confused astronaut as well as even a Hugh Hefner-esque playboy. Every time, his appearance served to bring an internal unification to the movie adaptations of his comic book creations.
Sadly, fans will no longer be seeing the legend popping up at wonderfully unexpected moments in future films. Lee died on Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at the age of 95.
Check out the gallery below for a look back at nearly every one of Lee’s film as well as TV cameos, going all the way back to 1989’s The Trial of the Incredible Hulk through every installment inside MCU.