It goes without saying that Marvel films feel incomplete without a Stan Lee cameo which has long served as a tradition but you know what they say, all good things must come to an end. The comic book legend, who passed away in 2018 made his final cameo appearance in Avengers: Endgame which in itself is quite fitting of the legacy he built when you think about it.
However, you can't argue the fact that Lee's name was synonymous with Spider-Man, a character he co-created with the late Steve Ditko, and some fans are still heartbroken over the fact that he never got to witness Spider-Man: No Way Home which brought together Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland on the big screen.
Obviously, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios acknowledge Lee's attachment and contributions to everyone's favorite web-slinger, and apparently, there were actual plans to include a cameo in No Way Home featuring a Stan Lee look-alike. An excerpt from the film's script (via Comicbook) reveals that the final moments of the MCU blockbuster where Peter reintroduces himself to MJ would have seen an old man that looks much like Lee. Obviously, it didn't happen and while it did feature an old customer in the background, he looks nothing like Stan.
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Thankfully, Marvel Studios scrapped the idea and while I'm pretty sure the intentions would have been genuine, I feel like there are other ways the studio could've honored his legacy. I'm also quite certain that a cameo from a Stan Lee look-alike would have divided the fandom.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is still screening in cinemas worldwide.