It’s sadly been reported that Stan Lee’s wife, Joan Lee, passed away from a stroke yesterday. A spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter:
I can confirm the sad news that Joan Lee passed away this morning quietly and surrounded by her family. […] The family ask that you please give them time to grieve and respect their privacy during this difficult time.
Stan Lee married Joan in December of 1947, and they had two children – J.C. (Joan Celia) in 1950 and Jan (who died a few days after being born) in 1953.
Stan Lee often credited his wife Joan in the creation of The Fantastic Four. He had been considering quitting comics at the time, and she (at least according to the oft repeated story) told him to try creating one more comic that he was really proud of before he do so.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie, Trae rambles incoherently for ten minutes about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. After that, we discuss how Stan Lee has (probably) been playing Uatu in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, lament Young Justice and Titans getting shunted off onto yet another streaming service, and then tackle this fortnight’s convention news.
In the con scene, Midwest Media Expo got cancelled days before their event, Missouri’s Oz Con had to be cancelled mid event due to historic flooding, and police are looking for information about a Maryland man who allegedly has been soliciting sex from minors at cons.
Technically it’s a minor spoiler for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but thanks to a small scene in that film, it’s now been confirmed that all of Stan Lee’s cameos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been the same character. In one of Lee’s two brief appearances in the movie (which premieres stateside this weekend, but is already out internationally) he is seen talking to a group of Watchers and mentions posing as a Federal Express delivery driver.
This, of course, is a direct reference to Lee’s appearance in Captain America: Civil War. The fact that Lee’s character is talking to Watchers is no coincidence, and heavily implies that Lee is playing Uatu (a Watcher from Marvel comics assigned to monitor Earth’s superheroes).
There’s been a long running fan theory that Lee was playing Uatu, and this is specifically what the film makers were referencing when they included this scene. When speaking with Screen Rant, Kevin Feige was specicially asked about the fan theory and if Lee was playing Uatu:
Yes, we always thought it would be fun. Stan Lee clearly exists, you know, above and apart from the reality of all the films. So the notion that he could be sitting there on a cosmic pit stop during the jump gate sequence in Guardians was something very fun – James had that idea and we shot that cameo and loved it so much, you know, you see it a couple of times in the movie. It wasn’t in for a long time and we put it back in towards the end of the process where he references that time he was a Federal Express agent – we thought it would be fun to put that in there because that really says, so wait a minute, he’s this same character who’s popped up in all these films.
While it doesn’t really affect the plot of the MCU in any way, it’s a nice connecting thread and nod to fans to include this bit of fanon into the official continuity. It also means that rather than a fourth wall break, Lee’s constant appearances are now actually a piece of important storytelling. That small difference makes things feel more connected rather than taking you out of the films.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 comes out in U.S. theaters May 4th.
There are multiple reports of invited guests at the con not having their guarantees covered. David Gerrold, who was a guest at the con, wrote on facebook that many guests hadn’t had their guarantees covered, and that the con hadn’t covered his travel fees as promised:
After four days of promises, I had nothing but four days of promises. My travel expenses were never covered.
Based on their promises, I had expected $2500 and travel expenses as the bare minimum, and I budgeted for that.
On this episode of the Nerd & Tie Podcast: Bryan Fuller has stepped down as show runner for Star Trek: Discovery, DC’s Flash Movie has lost its second director, Young Justice is actually getting a third season, The Dark Tower is delayed until next summer, Wizard World is cutting back for 2017, Steve Wozniak’s Tokyo Comic Con takes a bad crossplay position (and then reverses it), and actor Ray Park was questioned by police for allegedly assaulting a woman at Super Megafest Comic Con.
Also, we talk a bit about Doctor Strange and the basic formula of lazy writers’ genre shows.