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Spider-Man: Far From Home Never Intended To Include A Stan Lee Cameo And The Reason Makes Total Sense

And not for the reason you might be thinking...

The Infinity Saga, the 23 Marvel Cinematic Universe films to date, will conclude with Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Avengers: Endgame might feel like the natural end to the Infinity Saga, but Far From Home wraps up the story and sets up the next MCU films going forward.

One tradition that’s always featured in a Marvel film has been Stan Lee’s cameo, and that won’t continue with Far From Home, and no, it’s not because of the Marvel creator’s passing.

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Lee’s last cameo was in Endgame, where he is seen driving past the facility that created Captain America, saying soldiers should make love, not war.

That cameo was intended to be Lee’s last cameo and there was never an intention to feature him in Far From Home according to director Jon Watts.

In an interview on the ReelBlend podcast, Watts was asked if there was ever a plan to include a cameo and he said, “No. I mean, I think everyone sort of knew that he was sick and he had just filmed the cameo for Endgame.

“I think they shot that earlier, too. So I didn’t want to… It felt right for the last thing to be in Endgame. So we never really talked about it, honestly.”

And in all honesty, that makes total sense, Endgame did feel like the right time for Lee’s last on-screen appearance as it was the ending of everything that first started with Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) trying to get the Avengers Initiative off the ground.

In case you’re a little sad about the lack of Stan Lee in Far From Home, you can watch every single one of his cameos here:

Sean Astin Almost Directed A Fantastic Four Movie With Christina Aguilera As Sue Storm

This is a thing that actually happened.

Here’s something I never thought I’d write – Lord of the Rings star Sean Astin was once in serious talks about directing the 2005 Fantastic Four movie and he was hoping to have Christina Aguilera star as Sue Storm.

Seriously.

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The movie ended up being directed by Tim Story and starred Chris Evans, Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis and Ioan Gruffud and did well enough to get a sequel, however, fans and critics alike didn’t love the films.

Sean was enjoying the success of the LOTR at the time and had made it very clear that he wanted to direct. He has since directed some short films and a few TV episodes, but no feature films.

According to Collider, Sean told the story at the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con event, revealing he was so close to landing the gig he even read the draft of the script in Rupert Murdoch’s office. He also forced Tom Rothman, the CEO of Fox at the time, to take him seriously as a filmmaker.

The Stranger Things actor told the audience who he had in mind to play some of the characters, “I remember I was trying to meet with Christina Aguilera, I thought she’d be great as Sue Storm!

He also added that he attended a boxing match with Michael Chiklis and he convinced him to take the role of Thing.

“I don’t even know how this happened, but I was like, ‘You’ve got to play Thing,’ and [Chiklis] was like, ‘Well, I don’t know’. And I was like ‘That part came down from God for you, you have to play this part. There’s no one else on planet earth who could play this.'”

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“I think I talked him into it, I don’t know if he would remember this conversation at all, but I’m pretty sure I talked him into it.”

“I tried to talk Cameron Diaz into playing Sue Storm, but she was like, ‘Wait how long do I have to be in the makeup?’ And I was like “Well, maybe a while,’ and she was like ‘Yeah, I don’t want to do that’.”

Funnily enough, despite wanting the job so badly, Sean knew nothing about the Fantastic Four comics, but read everything he could on them in preparation for the job.

He recounted a call he had with Kevin Feige, now the head of Marvel, where he asked him if there was any chance in the world he would be considered for the job.

“[Kevin] was like, ‘Well, I don’t know’… I said, ‘So, are you saying there’s zero chance? Zero. No chance. One hundred per cent not gonna do it?’ And he said, ‘Well I’m not gonna say zero per cent.’ And I was like [excited].”

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As we know, Tim Story got the gig in the end, and Sean’s directorial career didn’t really take off. If Tom Rothman had decided to take a chance on the actor at the time, who knows, maybe the 2005 film would have done better?

Maybe Christina Aguilera WAS the perfect Sue Storm. Now, we’ll never know.

However, with rumours Marvel will create their own Fantastic Four film in the near future, maybe Kevin Feige will remember that conversation he had with Astin all those years ago and hire him?

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Watch the full interview here:

New Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer Suggests A Romance Is Brewing And Peter's Not Into It

But we're totally rooting for them.

The newest Spider-Man: Far From Home TV spot is teasing a romance between Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) and Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) and we’re so here for it.

The trailer shows that Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr) trusted aid, Happy, will play a much bigger role in Peter Parker’s (Tom Holland) solo adventure where he goes head to head with Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal).

However, it seems Happy isn’t just offering Peter support following Tony Stark’s death, but May as well.

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In the spot, May calls Peter to check up on him during his European school trip. During the call, she lets slip Happy’s with her, which is unsurprisingly quite confusing for Peter.

Watch it here:

In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Tony asked Happy to keep an eye on Peter, and at first he saw him as a bit of a nuisance, however, they ended up getting along.

Now, it’s Happy who needs to win Peter’s approval if he’s serious about getting together with May.

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This new romance may also prompt questions about Uncle Ben and how he fits into the picture, however, given the timeline, Ben’s death apparently took place about seven years before this film. So, May could very much be ready to move on!

Maybe Peter will have a new uncle soon?!

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