This weekend, legendary creator Stan Lee is set to make his last appearance at Fan Expo Canada. In the lead-up to the momentous occasion, CBR had the opportunity to speak with the writer/editor about his least favorite Marvel movie portrayal, his overall view of the cinematic adaptations, and the rumored casting of Zendaya as Mary Jane Watson in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”
When asked which film adaptation he took most issue with, Lee said that he didn’t particularly dislike any Marvel movie, but did call out one thing he wasn’t too fond of — Julian McMahon’s Doctor Doom in “Fantastic Four” (2005). “I was a little disappointed in the very first ‘Fantastic Four,’ because I didn’t care for how Doctor Doom was portrayed. But other than that, I thought the movie was great. And the actors were terrific.
“I believe they captured the spirit and the intent of all of the characters, and I’m delighted with how they all turned out,” Lee continued. “None of them have disappointed me. In fact, I think all of these movies have come out better than everybody ever thought they would…Even the early ones were good. Maybe I’m just my own biggest fan…”
Also touching on the reported casting of Zendaya in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” — with reference to the controversy among some fans over the filmmakers choosing a black actress to portray the traditionally white Mary Jane Watson — Lee said, “I think it’s a great idea. I wish I had thought of it. I can’t wait to see that gal, I can’t wait to see that movie, and I think the public will love it.”
Stan Lee will be appearing at Toronto’s Fan Expo Canada from Thursday September 1 to Sunday, September 4.
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