Following the passing of legendary comic book creator Stan Lee, his run of cameo appearances in various movies is also coming to an end. However, he will be giving us one final live-action cameo in a posthumous performance in the upcoming crime-comedy movie Madness in the Method. After the lack of a Lee cameo in Spider-Man: Far From Home, it’s nice to know there’s still one more portrayal from the legend on the way, even if seeing it is a bit bittersweet.
Madness in the Method is the directorial debut for Jason Mewes, better known as Jay from the Jay and Silent Bob movies. Mewes also stars in the movie along with Kevin Smith, with both playing fictionalized versions of themselves. After Smith tells Mewes that the only way to survive Hollywood is to toughen up, Mewes takes the message a little too closely to heart. Determined to escape from under Smith’s shadow, Mewes becomes a psychopathic killer to further enhance his movie career. Will it work, or will Mewes himself wind up dead or in prison? That remains to be seen, but as shown in the trailer, Stan Lee will be given the opportunity to speak in a posthumous role.
Stan Lee had a long-standing history of appearing in various Marvel movies in cameo roles, appearing in more superhero movies than anyone. Over the years, it had become something of an expected tradition, as fans always tried to spot Lee in every new Marvel movie. However, his penchant for cameos goes outside of the Marvel umbrella as well. Some of the other movies to include bit parts for Lee are Kick-Ass, Pizza Man, and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. As a friend of the director, Lee also appeared in the Kevin Smith movies Yoga Hosers and Mallrats, and had even agreed to appear in a planned sequel to the latter prior to his death.
Mewes first got his career as an entertainer started back in 1994 with the release of Kevin Smith’s first movie, Clerks. The black-and-white comedy first introduced Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith as perennial stoners Jay and Silent Bob, kicking off a movie universe which would see them reprise the roles in multiple other movies. The two are set to step into the roles at least one more time for the upcoming sequel Jay & Silent Bob Reboot after Smith failed to get his planned Clerks 3 sequel off the ground. However, while Mewes clearly isn’t quite yet finished as an actor just yet, he may venture further into directing following the release of his debut movie.
Madness in the Method is expected to be released digitally and in select theaters on Aug. 2. If nothing else, the movie will offer fans of Lee one final live-action cameo for the comic book legend, and is worth checking out for that reason alone. You can take a look at the official trailer below, courtesy of Cinedigm.