Kevin Smith was “a blubbering mess” after seeing Stan Lee’s cameo in Captain Marvel, and he’s planning quite the multi-levelled tribute in return.
The late Marvel legend’s cameo occurred in the film during a scene when Captain Marvel (a.k.a Carol Danvers) is searching for a Skrull among human passengers on a train.
Lee sits in one of the carriages, muttering the words “Trust me, true believer,” as read from a script for Smith’s 1995 cult classic Mallrats. Danvers pulls the script down to check Lee for Skrull signs, smiles knowingly in tribute to the Marvel legend, then moves on.
So, why Mallrats? Lee made a cameo in Smith’s film as himself, offering up sage love advice to comic book nerd Brodie (played by Jason Lee). Captain Marvel, being set in 1995, had Lee ‘preparing’ for the role.
On Mar. 9, Smith posted on Instagram after having just seen Captain Marvel, and described himself as “a blubbering mess.”
“After a lifetime spent referencing the movies, the movies just referenced me!” he wrote, thanking Marvel Studios, directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, and “my friend” Stan Lee for the shoutout.
“But if I’m now part of the @marvel Universe, I have only one question: Did I survive The Snap?”
Since then, Smith has been busy, announcing on Monday his intention to get Marvel back for Lee’s Captain Marvel cameo with a tribute set to appear in his Jay and Silent Bob reboot, which is currently filming.
Smith posted a film still on Instagram depicting Jason Lee, who has stepped back into his role of Brodie Bruce, picking up a Captain Marvel comic, which Stan Lee created with Gene Colan. Phew.
So many levels. So many references. Sounds about right for Kevin Smith.