Still here? OK then – Lee’s final cameo takes place during the extended “Time Heist” segment of the film, in which the Avengers travel into the past to seek out the Infinity Stones in their earlier states.
Specifically, Lee turns up in a scene set at a secretive US Army base in 1970s New Jersey, where a younger-looking Lee (with dark hair and moustache) drives past the compound and mocks the military men inside.
“Hey man,” he shouts, “make love not war!” before driving off over the horizon with a mystery woman in the car beside him.
Given his own counterculture credentials (Lee often wrote sympathetic roles for protestors and activists into his comic-book stories), it’s not hard to imagine that this particular character is intended to be the younger Lee himself, especially since the film takes the unusual step of changing his appearance – in previous films, no matter the time or place, Lee has always looked his own age.
Stan and Joan Lee in 2012 (Getty)
And if this is true, it’s possible that the woman with Lee is intended to be an homage to his wife Joan, who passed away in 2017 after 70 years of marriage. In other words, Lee’s final cameo was probably him driving off into the sunset with the woman he loved – pretty fitting, as the film’s directors had hinted before.