Rodney Rothman, co-director of Sony's hit animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, has revealed some of the alternate lines that were recorded by Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee for what would unfortunately prove to be his first posthumous cameo.
In the film, Lee's character -- the shopkeeper of Stan's Collectibles -- speaks to Miles Morales about Spider-Man/Peter Parker's death, saying, "I'm going to miss him... We were friends, you know." According to Rothman, at least three alternate lines were recorded.
The first was, "I can't believe it. I didn't think Spider-Man could die." The second line reads, "Why this stuff sells, I'll never know." Finally, the third, retroactively gut-wrenching line to be recorded was, "[I] always thought he'd outlive me."
Other lines we recorded with Stan Lee: 1) I can't believe it. I didn’t think Spider-Man could die. 2) Why this stuff sells, I’ll never know. 3) Always thought he'd outlive me. But he loved the line we used #VuduViewingParty @VuduFans— rodneyrothman (@rodneyrothman) March 23, 2019
Previously, Rothman revealed that "Stan's" follow-up remark of "it always fits, eventually" is one that also had an interesting history, with the original scripted line involving him telling Miles that the Spider-Man suit "never fits." However, the now-iconic line that made the final film came about during an impromptu follow-up take.
Lee passed away in November of 2017, one month before Into the Spider-Verse hit theaters. The film was ultimately dedicated to him, as well as Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko, who had also passed away earlier in the year.
Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse stars Shameik Moore, Brian Tyree Henry, Jake Johnson, Mahershala Ali, Hailee Steinfeld, Liev Schreiber, Luna Lauren Velez, Lily Tomlin, Nicolas Cage, John Mulaney and Kimiko Glenn. The film is available now on digital HD, Blu-ray, UltraHD, 4K and DVD.