“Stan loved to wait to see the final movie at the premiere,” Feige wrote. “So unfortunately he did not get to see the finished movie. Stan got a download of the full story the day he came and shot his cameo.”
His cameo in Avengers: Endgame, according to co-director Joe Russo, was his “last one committed to film.” It’s a fitting one as it will forever live on in the film that all 21 MCU films before it built up to and will only add to the legendary legacy of Stan Lee.
Feige also confirmed that Iron Man villain the real Mandarin, who we thought first appeared in 2013’s Iron Man 3 but ended up simply being an actor playing the leader of the Ten Rings, will return to the MCU.
For more on Avengers: Endgame, be sure to check out the directors comments on Gamora’s fate, their confirmation of THAT theory about Loki, and take a look at who may be the next Marvel villain to threaten our MCU heroes.
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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN who thanks Stan Lee for all he helped create. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst.