Fans of Stan Lee will want to stick around for the after-credits scene in Once Upon a Deadpool. At the end of Fox’s PG-13 remake of the popular Deadpool 2, there’s a short clip that pays tribute to the Marvel comic book creator with pictures and snippets of interview footage.
“To realize that the characters meant so much to people, it’s hard to believe,” Lee is heard saying in the background, as a slideshow of pictures of the late writer plays. “It’s like a dream.”
And when asked about how his legacy will live on, Lee responds, “I don’t think about it that much, you know? When I’m gone, I really don’t care.” He laughs, “It doesn’t really do you any good when you’re gone.”
After a shot of Lee’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the sentimental scene closes with Lee’s signature scrawled across the screen, with the dates of his life, 1923-2018, typed below. The very last slide reads “Excelsior!” which was Lee’s trademark catchphrase.
Once Upon a Deadpool, starring Ryan Reynolds and rated PG-13, is the first Marvel movie to be released in theaters since Lee passed away in November at the age of 95. It’s essentially the same movie as Deadpool 2, but without the profanity and violent scenes that earned the original film an “R” rating. It also includes Fred Savage and Nickleback jokes.
The action flick is currently showing in theaters across the country until December 24. One dollar from each ticket sale will be donated to nonprofit Fudge Cancer.