STAN LEE, to be clear, is rather fond of his latest Marvel appearance.
“I loved the ‘Doctor Strange’ cameo,” the Marvel mastermind tells The Washington Post’s Comic Riffs of his scene in the new film, in which he can be glimpsed as a bus passenger reading Aldous Huxley’s “The Doors of Perception,” oblivious to a dimension-warping Manhattan showdown.
The Disney/Marvel film, of course, is based on comics that Lee and Steve Ditko created in the ’60s, not long after the Huxley book came out.
“Next to Mother Goose, Huxley’s my favorite,” says Lee, who has said that he believes in the power of fairy tales to engage young minds.
Yet of his dozens of screen cameos over the decades, Lee’s favorite remains his quick work in last year’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
“I insisted that Thor let me share his potent drink,” Lee recounts of the bar scene, in which the comics creator, playing a World War II veteran, calls the Asgardian “Blondie” and insists on trying the elixir “not meant for mortal men.”
“In the next scene,” Lee says, “they were carrying me out.” (He can be heard slurring his trademark word: “Excelsior.”)
“It’s my favorite,” says Lee, “because it’s the only one in which I had two scenes!”
Stan Lee, who turns 94 next month, has already filmed cameos for several more Marvel movies.