In an earlier post, I had highlighted a clip of Stan Lee revealing his cameo as a librarian in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). Earlier this week, the hubby and I got to see the film at a local drive-in movie theater, along with The Dark Knight Rises. A loooong night (and early morning), but worth it!
If you haven’t seen the film yet, then there are minor SPOILERS ahead.
To be honest, I really wasn’t expecting much from this latest Spider-Man film, so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Andrew Garfield (as Peter Parker) and the ever-adorable Emma Stone (as Parker’s first love, Gwen Stacy) have chemistry to spare, and the supporting cast members, including Denis Leary, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Irrfan Khan, and Campbell Scott, were all quite solid. (Martin Sheen, I ♥ you.) And yes, I teared up when the construction crews lined up the cranes to clear a path for Spider-Man. Ah, teamwork and selfless acts, they get me every time.
Stan Lee has a cameo in just about every film adaptation of his stories and characters (see here for a detailed list of his cameos), and this one is quite memorable. I carried a tape recorder with me to the film, as I didn’t want to put on a light and distract from the other drive-in moviegoers. Here’s a transcript of what I noted while watching the scene:
Stan Lee plays a school librarian who’s listening to classical music, and it’s like an hour and forty minutes into the film. He’s wearing a black sweater vest and chinos and — [Sam interjects, "bow tie"] — bow tie, white button-down. Oblivious. Kind of like the [librarian in] Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Comic relief. That was like, what, 2-3 seconds? Ok, and they’re in the high school. So, that’s that.
What is Stan Lee’s librarian oblivious about? The fact that Spider-Man and the Lizard are fighting right behind him – and tearing the school library apart! The contrast of the classical music choice is very funny, and Stan Lee as the oblivious School Librarian definitely joins the Comic Relief librarians.
And for as long as this clip stays online, here’s a look at the scene and Stan Lee’s librarian cameo:
- An amazing librarian cameo? (reel-librarians.com)
- Stan Lee Talks About His Cameo in The Amazing Spider-Man (comicmix.com)
- The Amazing Spider-Man Movie Review (playlegit.net)
- Spider-Stan of the Day (geeks.thedailywh.at)
- Seven Secrets of The Amazing Spider-Man (entertainment.time.com)
- Watch Stan Lee as geriatric Spider-Man in this bizarre trailer (joystiq.com)