One of the joys in watching a new Marvel movie is spotting the latest cameo from Stan “The Man” Lee. Comic book fans being what they are, there are lots of theories out there that come up with a way to explain just how Lee keeps popping up.

For instance, a popular one is that Lee is actually playing the same character, called the Watcher. In the comics, the Watcher is a mysterious cosmic being who takes an active interest in Earth’s superheroes. This would also explain how he can flit between universes and appear in the X-Men and Spider-Man franchises as well.

YouTube user The Lamppost has an alternative theory, however. In the video above, he argues that Lee isn’t playing some alien but actually just several generations of the same family. They are simply unlucky enough to repeatedly get involved in superhero shenanigans.

According to the theory, Lee’s World War Two era appearances in Captain America: The First Avenger and Agent Carter feature him as the father of the Stan Lee seen in the modern day movies. So how do you explain his cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy? That was Stan Sr, after having been abducted by Xandarians some time in the past. What? It happens.

Stan Lee will surely next make a cameo in Captain America: Civil War, due out this April 29th in the UK and May 6th in the US.


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