For more than 50 years, Stan Lee was Marvel’s first ambassador, co-creating much of the universe and championing the characters and stories until his death in 2019. Stan Lee, however, loved acting. Despite his many cameos over the years, his appearance in the forgotten Spider-Man: the new animation Series it was the darkest.
Before he was the guy who appeared in every Marvel movie, Stan Lee was the voice of Marvel Comics. His first live-action cameo appearance was in the 1980s TV movie. The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, a moment of blinking and losing it. However, for the ensemble of Saturday morning animated series in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Stan Lee was the voice that introduced each episode to the members of the Merry Marvel Marching Society watching from home. . Although he never appeared in the iconic X-Men: The Animated Seriesvoiced characters in The Fantastic Four and appeared as himself (in animation) in the original Spider-Man: The Animated Series. After making a cameo in Sam Raimi’s Spiderman movie, appearing in the new animated “sequel” meant that the godfather of Marvel Comics was creating his own Stan-Verse very early on. More than an affable, fatherly man, Stan Lee’s character, Frank Elson, was both a disturbing figure and a victim in his own right.
Spider-Man: The New Animated Series Was More ‘Adult’ Than Raimi’s Movies
Most of the Spider-Man cartoons are aimed at young children, which means that the action and situations are never too intense. Spider-Man rarely throws punches on those shows. In Spider-Man: The New Animated Series, Web-Head was not so friendly and friendly. There were more than a few episodes where Spider-Man would get into fist fights, usually with villains enhanced in some way. Still, he also treated the normal old bad humans quite roughly. However, he was still Spider-Man. He always made the right decision, until the episode where Stan Lee appeared. Playing a character named Frank Elson, Lee creepily urged Peter Parker to kill Kraven the Hunter after he killed Mary Jane.
Season 1 episodes 12 and 13 encompassed the two-part finale “Mind Games”. The very dark episode featured twins with mental powers, original creations for the show, who were able to make Spider-Man think Kraven the Hunter killed Mary Jane. They also haunted the mind of Stan Lee’s unlucky character. Spidey finally catches on and, well, just him and Mary Jane walk away. Again, this series wasn’t afraid to plunge into the dark. However, hearing such horrible words come out of a character’s mouth and sound like Stan Lee? That might be the most disturbing thing about the entire show. Interestingly, although Frank Elson was also a victim of the psychic villains, Spider-Man treats him quite harshly.
Stan Lee cameos are a Marvel tradition, but he probably loved this one a lot
The first movie Stan Lee appeared in was not a Marvel set, but rather Mallrats from director Kevin Smith, who went on to talk about how much he loved acting. In most of his MCU cameos or even the cameos in the cartoons, he says a line or two and is generally just as likable a character as Stan Lee is in real life. However, Frank Elson’s character is sinister and a bit scary. It may upset Marvel fans who grew up with him to hear him say such horrible things, but it was probably a lot of fun for Stan Lee to play him. As someone who has always championed these stories to be adapted for both live-action and animation, Stan Lee getting all these cameos is a huge reward for carrying the Marvel torch for so long.
Stan Lee is gone, but his cameos and characters live on. While it is good to remember him as his appearance in spider man 3rousing characters and audiences, a turn as a quasi-villain is a fun outing for a prolific Marvel guest star.
Spider-Man: The New Animated Series streams on Disney+ beginning October 18.