Warning: This article contains minor spoilers for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, in theaters now.
As Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse collected the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature film last night, director Peter Ramsey, producer/screenwriter Phil Lord and producer Chris Miller made a surprising revelation about the Sony Pictures Animation film.
After thanking Spider-Man's co-creators, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, in their acceptance speech, they revealed that the successful animated film contains more than one cameo from Stan Lee, the late Marvel icon.
Talked to the INTO THE SPIDERVERSE directors, who issued a challenge to viewers once they get their hands on the Blu ray: Since every animator was eager to animate Stan Lee, the late Marvel mastermind is actually an extra in several crowd shots. See if you can find him! pic.twitter.com/ulUWokp4cj— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) January 6, 2019
As The New York Times' Kyle Buchanan noted on Twitter, co-director Peter Ramsey, Lord and Miller revealed that Lee was included in several crowd shots in the film, since several eager animators wanted to animated the Marvel icon who passed away in November. They also issued a challenge to Marvel fans to spot every Stan Lee crowd cameo once the film comes out on Blu-Ray and digital.
Into the Spider-Verse already includes Lee's first posthumous cameo as a seller in in a memorabilia shop where Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) buys a Spider-Man costume. As Stan rings him up, they talk about Spider-Man's legacy. When Miles says that he’s not sure whether the costume will fit, Stan gently reassures him: "It always fits, eventually."
In the post-credits scene where Miguel O'Hara, Spider-Man 2099 travels to Earth-67, he hilariously ends up in an argument with that world's Spider-Man and J. Jonah Jameson. Lee also voiced The Daily Bugle editor in this sequence, and this brief cameo fulfilled Lee's a long-held desire of Lee's to play Jameson on-screen.
The film also included a fitting tribute to both Lee and his fellow Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko who passed away last June.
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 now in theaters.