Todd McFarlane's upcoming Spawn film is one of the most ambitious comic book adaptations coming out since it is directed and written by the Image Comics co-founder. We already know that the film's budget comes directly from McFarlane and other producers, along with Spawn himself being mute for most of the movie's running time. It looks like McFarlane wants to do something else big by adding a Stan Lee cameo.
Speaking at ACE Comic-Con, McFarlane revealed that he would be making a cameo appearance in the film, which is fitting. Prior to this, McFarlane had made a cameo appearance in the first live-action Spawn film back in 1997, though that was panned back in the day. He also acted as the narrator for the HBO animated series, which was much better.
Interestingly enough, he also said that he would love to see Stan Lee appear in his film, even though the Marvel legend never made a Spawn character. He did appear in Deadpool, a Marvel film that had almost no creations from Lee.
McFarlane's pitch for Lee's cameo is fairly intriguing. Here is his full statement:
"I want to do a dark anti-cameo, unfriendly Stan Lee, and he's like, 'Todd, I'm in!' I've explained what I want to do, and he's like, 'Oh, cool. "'So, I'm not gonna be, like, the happy-go-lucky?' I go, 'No, you're gonna be ugly. You're gonna be this Schlitz-drinking, wife beater, three-day-old shave, snarly dude. And he's like, 'I love it!' So, we'll see if we can pull it off."
This is one hell of a pitch for Stan and it should be interesting to watch, assuming it comes true. Hopefully, we get to see the Marvel creator in Spawn.