WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet, in theaters now.
The death last week of legendary Marvel Comics writer and editor Stan Lee was a loss to the comics and film industries, and to his legions of fans around the world. The co-creator of such iconic characters as Spider-Man, Black Panther, the Avengers and the X-Men, Lee is perhaps most recognizable to mainstream audiences for his dozens of cameos in dozens of films, not only from Marvel Studios but also from Fox and Sony.
For many fans, finding the Lee cameo in a superhero movie is akin to a game of “Where’s Waldo?," only far more rewarding.
Lee's cameos will continue for months beyond his death, most notably in Avengers 4, but also in animated form, in Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, out next month, and in Ralph Breaks the Internet, in theaters now. Yes, the Disney sequel includes an appearance by Lee, but it's not as big as fans might have hoped.
While trying to register enough views, and raise enough money, to buy a replacement steering wheel for Sugar Rush, Vanellope (voiced by Sarah Silverman) heads to “Oh My Disney" on the internet. The hub for every property owned by the entertainment conglomerate, it features not only the Disney Princesses, but also characters from Pixar, the Muppets, Star Wars and the Marvel Universe.
Venellope tries to steal away attention from a Baby Groot AMA, but ends up on the run from Stormtroopers. While she’s fleeing, she bumps past Stan Lee’s online avatar, who's just wandering around the Marvel pavilion. It’s a quick cameo, but a sweet one all the same.
Ralph Breaks the Internet, then, is Lee's first posthumous film cameo. If will be followed in December by the aforementioned Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, in which he appears as the owner of a costume shop, and then in May by Avengers 4. It's unknown whether he filmed a scene for Captain Marvel, debuting in March, or for any Marvel Cinematic Universe releases after Avengers 4.
Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnson, Ralph Breaks the Internet is in theaters now. The film features the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Gal Gadot, Jane Lynch, Ed O’Neill and almost every Disney Princess voice recorded.