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Marvel Comics Founder Stan Lee Movie, Starring Bryan Cranston; How Likely is That?

( [email protected] ) Jul 08, 2016 10:37 AM EDT
I'm pretty certain that I don't need to explain who Stan Lee is, but for those that don't know, he is the man who is credited for the creation of all the Marvel characters that have been getting a lot of multi-billion dollar screen time such as the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, the X-Men, and Spider-Man.  Chances are, if you have seen a Marvel movie based on these characters, you have seen Stan Lee's famous cameos.  Stan has many fans, and there has been now demand for a Stan Lee film, played by the one and only Bryan Cranston.
Fake "Stan Lee" Movie Poster with Bryan Cranston is a movie begging to be made. Tumblr

I'm pretty certain that I don't need to explain who Stan Lee is, but for those that don't know, he is the man who is credited for the creation of all the Marvel characters that have been getting a lot of multi-billion dollar screen time such as the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, the X-Men, and Spider-Man.  Chances are, if you have seen a Marvel movie based on these characters, you have seen Stan Lee's famous cameos.  Stan has many fans, and there has been now demand for a Stan Lee film, played by the one and only Bryan Cranston. 

This started as someone posted on the EntertainMe Weakly Tumblr page, as a fan created a poster with Bryan Cranston as Robert Mazur in the upcoming film The Infiltrator.  Someone apparently noticed how much the Breaking Bad star looks like Stan "The Man" Lee, and used Photoshop to put Iron Man and Captain America's shield on the glasses. 

They also put the release date of this supposed Stan Lee movie for April 2017.  This probably won't happen, but the idea has certainly got people thinking.  In all honesty, I don't see why someone hasn't tried something like this. 

Surely a biopic would be a great way for Marvel to get even more of a spotlight on their work.  I would imagine that a film like this would need Disney's blessing in some way, being that they own Marvel and all. 

Still, Bryan Cranston does look like a spitting image of Stan Lee, and he has proven that he is one of the best actors in the business.  He could easily pull this off, but someone would have to play him in the 1960's when he started creating these now iconic characters.  It would also be good to show Stan during World War II, where he served in the armed forces. 

The issue is that there is a lot of controversy about if Stan Lee created these characters on his own, or if his artists did a lot of the work and he took the credit.  There is also some controversy about how much Lee has been compensated from Marvel over the years, and many resulting lawsuits. 

So yes, a Stan Lee biopic would be an excellent way to be a cheerleader for everything he has potentially created for Marvel, or it could highlight the darker side of comic creating that hasn't actually ever been covered in film. I guess that it would depend on whether or not Disney backed the film.  Either way, someone should just make this film, honestly.