When people talk about cameos in Marvel Cinematic Universe films, the conversation often begins and ends with Stan Lee. The famed comics writer who created most of the superheroes fans love in the MCU today, starred in every MCU film up until his death, and he found it a fun way to keep making his legions of fans happy.
In recent years, the cameos have gotten bigger and have little to do with just winking at fans. Many of the recent cameos have included surprise heroes appearing in movies, returning MCU heroes fans weren’t expecting, and a few cameos included just for laughs. Whether it’s J. Jonah Jameson or Matt Damon’s Loki actor, these are the cameos fans are looking for now that Stan Lee is gone.
10 JK Simmons in Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
in the Spider-Man: Far From Home, most MCU fans had one thing in mind. Iron Man died and Spider-Man had to learn to move on without him like fans of the Marvel movies did. This led to a fight with old Spider-Man villain Mysterio, and that was enough to bring fans back afterwards Avengers: Endgame.
However, a mid-credits scene in the film changed the course of Spider-Man in the MCU. J. Jonah Jameson came out and revealed that Peter Parker was Spider-Man. While this wasn’t the same character from the Sam Raimi trilogy, JK Simmons returned for the famous role. This was one of the MCU’s best cameos because it opened up a whole multiverse for Spider-Man in his next film.
9 Tobey Maguire & Andrew Garfield in Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
They may be larger than regular cameos, but the fact that Marvel Studios and Sony kept the return of Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire a secret made it one of the best performances in comic book film history. Of course, many fans have long wished to see the trio of all Spider-Men on the big screen to emulate the iconic pointer meme, so the reality of this scene that came to fruition made them even more ecstatic.
It all started with Garfield showing up and meeting MJ and Ned. With Maguire appearing and all three Spider-Man actors working together to battle the five sinister villains, it was an epic plethora of Spider-Man’s teamwork, nostalgia, redemption and banter and one that future films are unlikely to surpass .
8th Patrick Stewart in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)
There were a lot of cameos in one moment Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. In this scene, Marvel Comics’ Illuminati appeared, albeit with a different cast. The return of Anson Mount as Black Bolt came as a surprise, and John Krasinski, appearing as Reed Richards, was a fan-favorite moment.
However, the best MCU appearance in the film came when Patrick Stewart showed up as Professor X, making him the first official member of the X-Men to appear in the MCU. The cameo spawned a comic-accurate portrayal of Professor X from the comics with the big, yellow hover chair. Although the character met his death, it indicated that the mutants are coming to the MCU relatively soon.
7 Charlie Cox in Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
Fans loved most Netflix Marvel shows and daredevil received critical acclaim for its in-depth storytelling and Charlie Cox’s powerful performance as the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen. However, when Netflix canceled the shows, fans seemed to have seen the final characters. But those shows are now available on Disney+, and Matt Murdock is in the MCU.
He appeared in a surprise cameo appearance Spider-Man: No Way Home, where he represented Peter Parker in his legal case. When Kingpin shows up hawk eye and Daredevil returns She-Hulk: Lawyerthis MCU cameo was even better because it officially brought the Netflix heroes back to the MCU.
6 Matt Damon in Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Thor: Ragnarok took the Thor Filming a dark, serious Shakespearean drama into a funny, whimsical film with as many laughs as big action moments. One of the funniest scenes came when Thor returned to Asgard and saw that they were putting on a play about Loki’s death.
Sam Neill played Odin, Luke Hemsworth was Thor, and in the funniest cameo, Matt Damon impersonated Loki in the play. Damon’s MCU appearance was by far the most notable, simply because it was unexpected and funny given his fame. But the actor has had several small appearances in many films over the years as part of surprise value, and his cameo in Ragnarok was no less. They all returned in a new play in the next film, starring Melissa McCarthy as Hela.
5 David Hasselhoff in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
In which Guardians of the Galaxy movies, Peter Quill had a tragic history. As a child, he watched his mother die of cancer and was too scared to say goodbye. Afterwards, the Ravagers kidnapped him and took him off Earth and away from his family. He didn’t know much, but he thought David Hasselhoff might have been his father.
His father was actually Ego, the living planet. Upon meeting Ego and learning that his father was the cause of his mother’s death and that he was evil, Ego attempted to manipulate Peter’s feelings. At one point, he even morphed into David Hasselhoff, who had a brief cameo appearance in the second film. Although the MCU cameo was made to intimidate Peter into joining him, it also made for an exciting performance, especially for those who loved the star of his Baywatch days.
4 Elon Musk in Iron Man 2 (2010)
When iron man 2 Released in 2010, the MCU was still trying to gain a foothold. While the film didn’t garner critical acclaim like the first, it still had some funny moments and featured a decent villain in Whiplash, but it also had an MCU performance that was perfect for Tony Stark.
Stark met some big tech guys at a private party in the film. One of them was Elon Musk, who is now the richest man in the world (via forbes). Meeting the smartest man in the MCU against the man who thinks he’s the smartest in the real world was an MCU cameo that fitted Stark’s world perfectly.
3 Lou Ferrigno in The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Very few people give The incredible Hulk any praise as part of the MCU. This was the second Hulk film after Ang Lee’s, and this was the only one to be part of the MCU, despite being a co-production for Disney. But the movie had a great cameo for nostalgic Hulk fans.
Lou Ferrigno, who played Hulk on the old TV show, had a cameo in the film as a security guard. In a way, it was a poetic moment to see Ferrigno, the first actor to play the live-action Hulk, encounter Edward Norton’s Bruce Banner. There was also a TV show that played an old Bill Bixby TV show as Bixby played David Banner in it hulk TV show and gave old-school Hulk fans another cameo to make them smile.
2 Lloyd Kaufman in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
When the Guardians of the Galaxy members first met, they put up a tremendous battle against each other. The Nova Corps showed up, stopped the fight and arrested them all. When the group went to jail, there were two cameos at that moment.
A cameo had Nathan Fillion as an alien prisoner threatening Peter Quill. An even better but smaller cameo had Troma Studios founder Lloyd Kaufman as the heckling prisoner. James Gunn started out at Troma Studios and the MCU appearance was great for fans following Gunn’s career as it paid homage to the man who got his first break.
1 Donald Glover in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
before Spiderman Movies started throwing out cameos left and right, there was a smaller one in there Spider-Man: Homecoming that made a lot of fans happy. In this cameo. Spider-Man was trying to be a hero and still struggling to get it right. Donald Glover played a petty criminal he was trying to stop.
There’s one thing that made this MCU cameo so special. Glover played Aaron Davis, the Prowler, and Miles Morales’ uncle in the comics. Glover also voices Miles in the animation Ultimate Spider-Mana fun connection for Spider-Man fans, as well as a fun gig for people who love Glover’s show Atlanta and passionately pursues his music career as Childish Gambino.
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