It's no secret that Stan Lee is going to make a cameo appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 because he makes a cameo in all the Marvel movies! But, his cameo in this film does pretty much confirm a popular fan theory. If you don't want to know what his cameo is then please don't read ahead. However, the following information was discussed by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige during the recent press conference for the highly anticipated Marvel film.
There's been a great fan theory out there that Stan Lee is actually Uatu in the MCU, who is also known as The Watcher, but in human form.
For those of you not familiar with The Watcher, he was created by Lee and Jack Kirby in the early 1960s. He's one of the oldest beings in the Marvel Universe and is part of a race that watches over and observes the universe. The character records everything that happens, and he's specifically assigned to watch over the events of Earth, but he doesn’t involve himself in its affairs.
What I love about this theory is that in a way it establishes a multiverse that connects all of the Marvel franchises that Lee has appeared in. That means even though separate studios own certain rights to different characters, there is still a connection within the cinematic universe.
Well, Stan's cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has fun with this and it pretty much confirms that he is The Watcher.
In the film we see him hanging out on the moon while wearing a retro looking space suit, and in the scene, he is talking to three other watchers about his adventures. Feige said this was something they had fun with and there was one line of dialogue in particular that Lee says in the film that they weren't sure they should use or not, but they used it, and it's what makes the connection.
He tells the Watchers about the one time he went to earth as a Federal Express Agent. This basically confirms that Stan is taking on these different roles as The Watcher to watch over the events taking place in the Marvel universe. Who better to be a Watcher than Stan Lee, the man who helped build this universe.
Anyway, I just thought that was cool. It's a fan theory that Marvel turned into a real thing and I love that!