Stan Lee, the famous co-creator of countless Marvel superheroes, will be unable to attend his scheduled appearances at Comic-Con this Friday and Saturday. The 91-year-old comics legend was scheduled for a meet-and-greet and DVD signing session Friday afternoon to promote his Mighty 7 franchise.
A spokesman for Stan Lee told the media today that, “Unfortunately, Stan Lee has lost his voice due to laryngitis and is unable to attend this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, and has regrettably had to cancel his appearances. Stan is otherwise well and in good health, though he is disappointed to miss the event and wishes everyone a great time.”
Fans of the legendary writer might be able to catch a glimpse of his cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy on Saturday at the Marvel Studios panel in Hall H at Comic-Con. While Marvel is keeping silent about its plan, people are speculating that Marvel will do something to promote the upcoming movie, either more footage or some appearances by the cast. The cast of the film includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Benicio del Toro. Fans can only hope that Marvel is scheduling a cast appearance as the surprise on Saturday.
If attendees have hope of an early screening, that is probably off the table. Director James Gunn, back on July 5th, said that there will not be an early screening. Unless plans have changed, it is unlikely that fans will get an early screening. It remains to be seen how Marvel plans to surprise the Comic-Con attendees.