Stan Lee's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse secret cameo revealed

It was hard to miss Stan Lee’s posthumous cameo in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Theaters practically wept in unison. But it turns out there was another, more secretive appearance most (if not all) of us missed.

Nick Kondo, an animator on the film, posted a video of the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment on social media Monday ahead of the Spider-Verse Blu-ray drop in March.

The snippet shows a shot from the closing sequence of Miles Morales, now officially suited up as Spider-Man, swinging through New York City. Slowing it down reveals Stan “The Man” was actually on the subway train the newly minted web-slinger runs along, making his favorite Spider-Man pose.

This is one of many “cameos” Lee had in the Oscar-nominated animated feature. Co-director Bob Perschietti pointed some of them out during an interview with Collider. “The easiest to spot, because you don’t have to stop the film, is when Peter and Miles are on the ground on the sidewalk, after they’d fallen from the train, there’s a dog who smells them with a guy who walks over them. That’s Stan again. On his way home from work,” he said. “But then I will say, there are many, many train scenes. Subway shots. If you just pause, he’s in a lot of them. That guy is all over New York. He’s a busy man.”

Have fun going through the Spider-Verse frame by frame to find them all after the film comes out on DVD and Blu-ray this March 19.

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