WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Captain Marvel, in theaters now.
Lifelong comics fan and filmmaker Kevin Smith has shared his emotional reaction to having his work referenced in Captain Marvel.
Smith uploaded a tearful selfie to Twitter following his viewing of Captain Marvel, in which his 1995 film Mallrats was referenced. "Just saw @captainmarvel. I am a blubbering mess," the filmmaker wrote. "After a lifetime spent referencing the movies, the movies just referenced me! Many thanks to @MarvelStudios and to my friend @TheRealStanLee for the shout-out! But if I’m now part of the @Marvel Universe... Did I survive The Snap?"
Just saw @captainmarvel. I am a blubbering mess. After a lifetime spent referencing the movies, the movies just referenced me! Many thanks to @MarvelStudios and to my friend @TheRealStanLee for the shout-out! But if I’m now part of the @Marvel Universe... Did I survive The Snap? pic.twitter.com/S560n3mQFl— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) March 8, 2019
Smith's film Mallrats was referenced in a scene aboard a subway train in which Carol Danvers is tracking down a Skrull. As Carol is making her way through the train, she stops by a character reading the screenplay for Mallrats, and lo and behold, it's Stan Lee prepping for his cameo appearance in that movie, repeating his line, "Trust me, True Believer."
The scene was slightly tweaked following the passing of Stan Lee in November of last year, to include a small self-referential smile from Brie Larson as she breaks character for a moment to reflect on Stan Lee's legacy, allowing the audience to do so as well. It's one of two touching tributes to Stan Lee featured in the film, and one that certainly touched the heart of Kevin Smith.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck from a script they wrote with Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Clark Gregg, Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou, Gemma Chan, Ben Mendelsohn, Lashana Lynch, Algenis Perez Soto, McKenna Grace and Annette Bening. The film is in theaters now.