Stan Lee, the 93-year-old creator of some of the most famous comic book characters of all time, including Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and the X-Men, is getting the Hollywood biopic treatment.
Fittingly, the planned movie of the Marvel Comics won’t be a conventional biopic, but will instead be a period action-adventure flick, in the vein, The Hollywood Reporter suggests, of Kingsman: The Secret Service and "Roger Moore’s 007".
Details are pretty scarce at the moment, except that it’s being produced by Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, the duo behind such movies as Twilight, The Maze Runner and the upcoming Power Rangers reboot.
Here’s what we want to see in the movie…
Lee as an action man!
We want, nay demand, to see Lee kicking some serious ass. Okay, so the real Stan Lee has spent most of his life in boardrooms and writer’s rooms, but screw that. We need scenes of Stan the Man storming the offices of DC, saving innocent people from terrorists and stomping through the corridors of the Kremlin. We want him with an Uzi in one hand and a grenade in the other, while chewing on a hoagie. “Say hello to my little friend…!”
This is the man who dreamed up some of the most enduring pop culture characters of all time. We want to see those eureka moments when the idea for Spider-Man, or Daredevil and Iron Man popped into his head. Who cares what the truth is? What about a moment when Stan sees a spider crawling onto his bed? "Ping!" Or a moment when he sees a kid in the neighbourhood drape himself in metal and iron, pretending to be a robot? "Ping!" Or when he hears about the atomic bomb for the first time and wonders what gamma radiation would do to a human? "Ping!"
A real Stan Lee cameo!
Since the first X-Men in 2000, it’s become customary for a fan-pleasing cameo from Stan. Hell, he’s even guest starred in other films (sometimes for more than 10 seconds!), such as Mallrats, Yoga Hosers and The Ambulance, and in series such as Heroes, The Big Bang Theory and Encourage. Somebody else may be playing Stan in the film (James Franco, anyone?), but we’d want the real Stan Lee to pop up somewhere. As his own father, maybe?
Make the movie like a real-life comic, and have speech and thought bubbles popping into the picture. And let’s have written-out sound effects too, like the old Batman TV series. Altogether now – "Thwack!!" "Kapow!"
Stan in loverman mode!
If we’re going to see Stan in action man mode, we also want to see him make it out with the laydeez. In reality, Lee has been married to Joan Lee since 1947, but since this movie looks like it’s going to be playing loose with the truth, why not recast Stan as a ladykilling sex machine? We're thinking James Bond meets Tony Stark.
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