Cameos have always been a staple for Marvel films. While the cameos in question have always been coming from Stan Lee, the godfather of Marvel comics, we may have gotten a cameo from another key player from the Marvel brand. Speaking with the Maltin on Movies podcast, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige stated that he almost had a cameo in Bryan Singer’s X-Men, way back in 2000.
The only reason I did it is because I was completely covered. I was a Weapon X tech pulling Wolverine’s claws out of the oven. But I had a hood and mask… gloves. Every inch of me was covered.
Feige didn’t reveal why he or the production crew didn’t go through with the cameo, but if you’ll indulge us, we have a few theories to throw your way.
Being hired as an associate producer for X-Men, it’s likely all producers were to get a cameo as many often do. Producers often like to insert themselves into the film they’re producing for well, bragging rights. Or, maybe the cameo wasn’t worth the effort for Feige, as even he stated that he would be covered. If there’s no recognition then, what’s the point? It would have been nice to have seen Feige in the film that jumpstarted his career, but no harm’s done as he’s paved the way for modern superhero films as opposed to hogging the limelight.
Kevin Feige’s success story is one that every geek hopes to replicate. Hired for his knowledge of the Marvel comic universe, Feige quickly gained momentum and in just a few short years became the architect for the MCU as we know it. Since his presence has been cemented by fans and critics alike, we’re not ruling out the possibility that Feige will one day have his very own cameo where he isn’t covered. After all, he’s done for Marvel movies what Stan Lee did for Marvel comics. Going forward, it’ll be interesting to see if Feige appears in some of the films he helped bring to life.
The next release in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 which theaters on May 5.
Source: Maltin on Movies