For the first time since his movies started hitting it big, comic book icon and Marvel godfather Stan Lee has chosen not to make one of his signature cameo appearances in the upcoming film X-Men: Days of Future Past. By not appearing in the film, Lee is ending a storied tradition that was never crucial to the plots of the films but were nice easter eggs for fans of the comics.
According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Lee has chosen to skip a cameo in X-Men: Days of Future Past in order to hit the convention cycle.
Lee told fans attending his panel at the convention that he passed up the chance to cameo in next year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past to attend the convention — or, as he apparently put it, to not disappoint the fans — meaning that next year’s X-flick will be the second in a row in which he hasn’t made an appearance (he wasn’t in this year’s The Wolverine either, as the Australia shooting locale was deemed too far to travel).
It’s not a massive blow to the film, in fact about 90 percent of the audience that sees X-Men: Days of Future Past when it comes out won’t even notice that he’s gone. But for fans of the comics, Lee’s absence will be noticeable but he can’t be expected to be in every Marvel film that is released and the days of Stan Lee’s future cameos has most certainly passed.