WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Jessica Jones Season 2, streaming now on Netflix.
After putting a stop to mind-controlling Kilgrave in Season 1 and taking out the insidious Hand in The Defenders, Jessica Jones is back for a second season to uncover the truth about IGH, the shadowy organization responsible for her superhuman abilities. Regardless of the myriad twists and turns Jessica will encounter in her attempts to unravel the 17-year-old mystery, viewers can be assured of at least one thing: the obligatory Stan Lee cameo.
Although the legendary Marvel Comics writer and editor has appeared in every season of every Marvel Netflix drama to date, he’s never actually shown up in person (he did, however, film a promo for The Defenders). His cameos have been limited to photos and posters. While he’s always a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Easter egg, Lee has long been depicted as New York Police Department Captain Irving Forbush, whose likeness is used in officer-recruitment campaigns.
The character’s name is a nod to the not-so-secret identity of Forbush Man, the farcical superhero introduced in 1967 by Lee and Jack Kirby in Marvel Comics’ Not Brand Echh #5.
In the second season of Jessica Jones, Lee doesn’t show up until the ninth episode, “AKA Shark in the Bathtub, Monster in the Bed,” in which Jessica helps her new love interest, Oscar, stop his ex-wife from leaving the country with their son. They figure out she’s bought bus tickets to head to Canada, so they race to the terminal in hopes of catching them. You have to keep your eyes peeled, but at the 33:23 mark you can catch Lee’s face on a bus ad for Forbush & Associates that declares “Call Forbush now! Get what you deserve!”
At first glance we might deduce that ol’ Irving followed a distinguished tenure on the NYPD with a career as an attorney. However, this appears to be a testimonial ad, with Irving proclaiming, “Forbush & Associates got me $5.2 million.” Apparently it pays to have a relative who practices law.
Lee recently made in-person television cameos in the first seasons of The Gifted and Runaways, appearing as a bar patron and a chauffeur, respectively. His most recent feature cameo was as an unscrupulous gambler in the casino scene of Black Panther.
Streaming now on Netflix, Jessica Jones Season 2 stars Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Carrie-Anne Moss, Eka Darville, J.R. Ramirez and Janet McTeer.
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