This isn’t the most traditional cameo, mind you – Lee didn’t actually record or shoot anything for the film – with the comics legend’s likeness popping up during a segment where Sarah Silverman’s Vanellope visits the real-life Oh My Disney website (having travelled to the internet to buy a new video game part).
While there, Vanellope is wowed by aerial Star Wars battles, superhero showdowns and a fun meeting with some well-known Disney princesses before being pursued by Stormtroopers.
And in passing she also greets one of the square-headed online avatars that the film uses to represent real-world people using the internet, who then turns round to reveal that he is a version of Stan Lee, chatting to Iron Man (a character he co-created) without a care in the world.
While Lee’s avatar doesn’t say anything in the movie, it’s still a brilliantly subtle way to pay tribute to the pop culture icon, particularly by pairing him with one of the superheroes he created.
It’s definitely a coincidence – Lee’s death came just a short while before the film’s release, so they wouldn’t have had time to react to it – but in a way, having Lee stand there silently seems like just the respectful way to handle his first movie appearance following the sad news of his passing.
Going forward, Lee is also set to pop up in new animated Spider-Man movie Into the Spider-Verse as well as the upcoming live-action Marvel movies – so keep your eyes peeled as Stan Lee’s legacy lives on.
Ralph Breaks the Internet will be released in UK cinemas on Friday 30th November
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