WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for the sixth episode of Marvel’s Runaways, “Metamorphosis,” streaming now on Hulu.
Although Stan Lee had a prominent cameo in the premiere of Fox’s The Gifted, the legendary comics writer and editor had yet to appear on Marvel’s Runaways. Well, that changed this week with the sixth episode of the Hulu drama, “Metamorphosis.”
After shooting down the idea of taking separate limousines, the six teens decided to ride together to a gala fundraiser at Wizard Computers, where their wealthy parents will rub elbows with equally wealthy donors, and present an oversize check for the expansion of their exclusive high school.
But their parents’ organization, Pride, isn’t just another charity; its members are devoted to pursuits far more nefarious that coaxing donations from Los Angeles billionaires. They’ve actually killed people, on video, and their children hope to use the party to download the evidence from Wizard’s servers.
Lee’s fleeting cameo comes about midway through the episode as the limo delivers to the event. “We’re here!” the smiling 94-year-old announces from the front seat, a driver’s hat perched atop his head. Gert (Ariela Barer) appears to briefly scrutinize the driver, as if she might recognize him. But then the door opens, and the teens are ushered on their way.
Runaways exists within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which likely means that Lee’s limo driver is the same character we’ve seen him play in dozens of other Marvel films and television series: an informant working for the ancient race of alien observers known as the Watchers, as confirmed earlier this year in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Presumably he’ll file his report on the drinking habits of Los Angeles teens, and the activities of Pride and the enigmatic Jonah, the next time he pays a visit to the far reaches of the galaxy.
Lee also portrayed mailman Willie Lumpkin in Fox’s first two Fantastic Four films, and on Marvel’s Netflix series he was revealed to be New York City Police Captain Irving Forbush, inspired by the secret identity of Forbush Man.
Now streaming on Hulu, Marvel’s Runaways stars Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin, Allegra Acosta, Ryan Sands, Angel Parker, Brittany Ishibashi, James Yaegashi, Kevin Weisman, Brigid Brannagh, Annie Wersching, Kip Pardue, James Marsters and Ever Carradine.
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