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The Watcher Informant is a being who travels the universe and reports on his adventures to the Watchers. He frequently visited Earth on various occasions, dating as far back as 1943 until at least 2018, and other planets such as Xandar and Sakaar in 2014 and 2017, respectively.
In 1943, the Watcher Informant attended a ceremony where Senator Brandt intended to present Captain America with the Medal of Honor to reward his heroic rescue of 400 Allied soldiers from a HYDRA base in Austria. However, Rogers did not attend the ceremony, electing to stay in Europe and continue the war effort. Brandt's Aide came to inform the Senator of this, and the Watcher Informant mistook him for Rogers, commenting to the man next to him that he had expected him to be taller.
- "Hey, man, make love, not war!"
- ―Watcher Informant[src]
In 1970, the Watcher Informant went for a drive with a female companion, looking younger than he did in 1943. As he drove past Camp Lehigh, he shouted at the soldiers to make love, not war before laughing.
- "Trust me, True Believer."
- ―Watcher Informant[src]
In 1995, the Watcher Informant was on a metro train in Los Angeles posing as Stan Lee and reading the script for the film Mallrats. He was approached by Vers, who was searching for a Skrull. She pulled the script away from his face to determine whether or not the Watcher Informant was a Skrull and he smiled at her. Realizing he was not a Skrull, Vers smiled back and continued her search for the Skrull.
The Watcher Informant attended the third annual benefit dinner for the Firefighters Family Fund in Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, California. He crossed paths with Tony Stark, who mistook him for Hugh Hefner due to the fact that the Watcher Informant was wearing a red smoking jacket and accompanied by two models.
The Watcher Informant attended the opening of the Stark Expo. He once again encountered Tony Stark, to whom he was misidentified by Happy Hogan as Larry King due to the fact that the Watcher Informant was wearing a suit similar to those typically worn by King.
The Watcher Informant was living in his house in Milwaukee, where he drank a bottle of Pingo Doce, unaware that it was infected with Bruce Banner's blood. His exposure to Gamma Radiation caught the attention of the Strategic Operations Command Center which tracked Banner down to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A Crater in New Mexico
- "Did it work?"
- ―Watcher Informant[src]
As a crater was discovered about 50 miles west of Puente Antiguo, New Mexico with a mysterious object in the center of it, several townsmen attempted to lift it, but were unable to. The Watcher Informant requested two of the others to tie one end of a chain to the back of his truck and the other to the object. He then drove in the opposite direction, but instead of being pulled from the ground the object pulled the trailer off of his truck. He looked out of the window and excitedly asked if his attempt had been successful, causing the others to laugh at him.
The Watcher Informant was having lunch with some friends at a café in New York City close to the Stark Tower. Steve Rogers was sitting at the next table, and the Watcher Informant overheard a conversation between him and the waitress, Beth. Once she had left, the exasperated Watcher Informant advised Rogers to ask Beth for her phone number.
The Watcher Informant was playing chess with a friend when a NY1 news reporter approached him and asked him to give his thoughts on the Avengers' victory over Loki and the Chitauri. Annoyed, the Watcher Informant commented that he didn't believe in superheroes and dismissed the reporter. This footage was later shown in a news montage.
The Watcher Informant was then being housed in a mental institution in London at the same time as Erik Selvig was there. Selvig explained his theories about the Convergence to the others, despite the fact that they were not interested. Once Selvig was finished, the Watcher Informant asked Selvig to return his shoe, which he had used as part of his demonstration.
- "Oh, man! I am so fired!"
- ―Watcher Informant[src]
The Watcher Informant then worked as a security guard in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.. He discovered that the 1940s Captain America Uniform had disappeared and commented that he would definitely be fired for that reason.
Xandarian Ladies' Man
The Watcher Informant traveled to Xandar, where he flirted with a Pretty Xandarian. He was observed by Rocket Raccoon, who speculated that he was an adulterer and called him a "Class A Pervert" before spotting Star-Lord and deciding to collect his reward along with Groot.
Reporting to the Watchers
The Watcher Informant then met with the Watchers and told them stories of his travels. They were momentarily interrupted when the Quadrant passed through their world on its way to Ego's Planet. Once it was gone, the Watcher Informant began telling them of his time as a Federal Express man. He told the Watchers too about his time serving the United States Army during World War II. However, the Watchers grew tired of his tales and left him there, despite his pleas that they stay and give him a ride home.
Party at Avengers Tower
Despite being left behind by the Watchers, the Watcher Informant successfully returned to Earth. He attended a party at Avengers Tower alongside other World War II veterans. As they drank with Steve Rogers and Thor, the latter consumed an Asgardian beverage that he insisted was not fit for mortal men. Unfazed, the Watcher Informant requested that he try it, to which Thor reluctantly agreed. Quite inebriated, the Watcher Informant was then escorted from the tower, proclaiming "Excelsior!" as he went.
The Watcher Informant worked then as a bartender in San Francisco. He conversed with Ignacio, who pointed out the woman he was with and called her "crazy stupid fine", to which the Watcher Informant agreed.
The Watcher Informant worked once again as a driver for FedEx, delivering a package to Tony Stark. He arrived at the Avengers Compound and encountered Stark and James Rhodes. The Watcher Informant asked Stark if he was "Tony Stank", having misread his name on the package, and Rhodes jokingly confirmed that he was.
The Watcher Informant was at a casino in Busan, South Korea when T'Challa, Nakia and Okoye arrived seeking to capture Ulysses Klaue. T'Challa had a brief conversation with Klaue's buyer, Everett Ross, before continuing his search. As the king departed, Ross called out to him that he had won the bet he had placed. The Watcher Informant then swept up T'Challa's chips, telling Ross that he would hold onto them for safekeeping.
A Disturbance in the Neighborhood
The Watcher Informant was in his apartment in New York City when he overheard Spider-Man stopping what he thought was an attempted car theft, only to find out that the man was merely entering his own car. Along with two other residents, the Watcher Informant chastised Spider-Man for making noise and threatened to come down and give him a piece of his mind. He then had a conversation with his neighbor Marjorie, who knew him as "Gary", from their respective windows, in which he asked her how her mother was.
- "That is hilarious!"
- ―Watcher Informant[src]
The Watcher Informant was sitting in a bus in New York City, reading The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley. He laughed at the book's amusing content, completely oblivious to Doctor Strange and Karl Mordo crashing into the bus' window in the Mirror Dimension.
The Watcher Informant was on Sakaar, where he was tasked with cutting Thor's hair before his battle against the Grandmaster's champion in the Contest of Champions. He warned Thor to hold still, as his hands were not as steady as they had previously been, and proceeded to cut his hair as Odinson loudly protested despite his initial warnings.
In 2018, the Watcher Informant was in San Francisco and was about to unlock his car when it was shrunken after being hit by a Pym Particles Disk thrown by the Wasp. Believing it to be a hallucination, he commented that the 1960s had been fun but that now he was paying for it.
The Watcher Informant went to New York City and drove a bus with Peter Parker and other students from Midtown School of Science and Technology in it when a Q-Ship appeared over Greenwich Village. He remained calm when the teenagers began to panic, surprised that none of them had seen a spaceship before.
A mysterious being, the Watcher Informant serves as an informant for the Watchers, the alien godlike race which watch over the universe. Assigned to watch over not only the Earth, but other worlds like Xandar and Sakaar, the Watcher Informant used to adopt the form of an elderly human man so he could spy without being detected. However, although the Watchers are his superiors, the Watcher Informant is nonetheless willing to make friends on the worlds he visits or act friendly towards many of its inhabitants, as shown when he interacted with most of the Avengers. However, he can become irritated too, such as the case when a news reporter tried to interview him while playing chess about his opinion on the Battle of New York. He also felt some fondness for attractive women either Humans or Xandarians, interacting with them frequently. However, by his time on Sakaar, he seemed to have married or settled down with someone, given his engagement ring.
While his true identity is unknown, the Watcher Informant was known to have adopted at least once an alias when interacting with one of the earthlings, a woman named Marjorie, who knew him as "Gary". Other people, such as Tony Stark and Happy Hogan, came to mistake the Watcher with fellow famous earthlings. He also used, at least on Earth, to live in different places to inform his superiors, like on Austria, Milwaukee, London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Wheaton, Busan and New York City. He seems to have an established home, as he asked his superiors a ride home the instance they grew tired of his tales and left him behind, but it's not known where he exactly considers home. Aside from that, the Watcher Informant was known too for having several jobs to be able to act undercovers, such as working as a driver, a beauty pageant judge, a security guard, a bartender, and hairdresser. However, he seems to never keep these jobs for too long, changing constantly from position as part of his work.
- Immortality: The Watcher Informant is an immortal being, as from 1943 to 2018, when he visited Earth, he looked exactly the same (except during his 1970 visit to Camp Lehigh) without apparent signs of aging or fatigue, albeit he admitted on Sakaar that he wasn't as steady as he was in the past.
- Adaptive Appearance: While not employing the use of shapeshifting, the Watcher Informant was able to alter his appearance to look younger if he wanted. Even though he was an old man in 1943 and in 1995 onwards, he was able to look younger while visiting Camp Lehigh in 1970. The Watcher Informant could also change the features of his body when he wanted to, appearing with a cybernetic arm in 2017 which he used to cut Thor's hair.
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- The Doors of Perception: To be added
- Mallrats Script: The Informant read a copy of this script aloud in 1995. He was interrupted by Vers, who smiled at him.
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- School Bus: To be added
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- Walt Disney Concert Hall: To be added
- Stark Expo: To be added
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- Avengers Tower: To be added
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- The Watcher Informant is the only character who appeared in every Marvel Cinematic Universe film from Iron Man to Avengers: Endgame, essentially the whole Infinity Saga minus Spider-Man: Far From Home.
- Stan Lee was credited as "Stan Lee" in Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and Captain Marvel, "Stan the Man" in Thor, The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World and Avengers: Age of Ultron, "Pageant Judge" in Iron Man 3, "Smithsonian Guard" in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, "Xandarian Ladies' Man" in Guardians of the Galaxy, "Bartender" in Ant-Man, "FedEx Driver" in Captain America: Civil War, "Bus Passenger" in Doctor Strange, "Gary" in Spider-Man: Homecoming, "Thirsty Gambler" in Black Panther, "Bus Driver" in Avengers: Infinity War and "Driver" in Avengers: Endgame. He was uncredited for his appearances in The Incredible Hulk, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor: Ragnarok and Ant-Man and the Wasp.
- In a deleted scene of Guardians of the Galaxy, Stan Lee originally makes a cameo as one of the exhibits in the Collector's Museum and flips off Groot.
Behind the Scenes
- Kevin Feige confirmed in an interview following the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 that Stan Lee portrays the same character in every film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: "Yes, we always thought it would be fun. Stan Lee clearly exists, you know, above and apart from the reality of all the films. So the notion that he could be sitting there on a cosmic pit stop during the jump gate sequence in Guardians was something very fun – James had that idea and we shot that cameo and loved it so much, you know, you see it a couple of times in the movie. It wasn’t in for a long time and we put it back in towards the end of the process where he references that time he was a Federal Express agent – we thought it would be fun to put that in there because that really says, so wait a minute, he’s this same character who’s popped up in all these films."
- James Gunn has confirmed that the "Stan Lee is a Watcher" theory inspired him to write something similar into the Marvel Cinematic Universe: "I actually read the Marvel fan sites and the Marvel message boards out there and a lot of times people have ideas that are somewhat off-base or silly or whatever. But one thing I found very funny and interesting is the fact that people thought Stan Lee is a Watcher… and that all of these cameos that he’s doing are part of him being a Watcher. So I thought that was one of the greatest things the fans came up with. So, Stan Lee, as a guy who is either a Watcher – or probably a guy who is working for the Watchers – was something that I thought was fun for the MCU." However, one line that seemed to create a continuity error was the Watcher Informant telling the Watchers of his time working for FedEx, since Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 takes place two years before Captain America: Civil War. Gunn admits that this was a mistake on his part: "And yes, I know I made a mistake. People have written and asked me, and I'll own up to my mistake because Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 theoretically happens in 2014 which is before [Captain America Civil War]. And Stan Lee in the movie says, "That time I was the FedEx guy," which is what he is in Civil War. I screwed up; I wasn't thinking. That's all that is. But I'm going to say that – probably – Stan Lee used the guise of a FedEx guy more than one time. So it's a mistake, but it can easily be explained away!"
- For years there had been a popular fan theory that Stan Lee was portraying the same character in every live-action Marvel adaptation, including those produced by other studios such as Sony Pictures Studios, Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox. James Gunn considered confirming this theory by having the Watcher Informant mention that he worked as a DJ in a Strip club, referring to Lee's cameo in Deadpool. This would have been the first acknowledgment of the X-Men film series within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fans speculated that Lee was actually playing Uatu, though Kevin Feige disproved this theory by confirming that while the cinematic rights to the Watchers are shared between Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox, Uatu was owned solely by Fox.
- Kevin Smith revealed that Kevin Feige approached him to help him obtain an alternate take of dialogue that Stan Lee had recorded for Mallrats from Universal Pictures, as Lee had filmed his cameo for Captain Marvel just a few months prior to his death and had been physically weak, hence his voice had been difficult to hear.
- Stan Lee was digitally de-aged for his appearance in Avengers: Endgame. A bumper sticker on the rear bumper of his car reads "'nuff said", which was one of his catchphrases. Anthony Breed was a double for Lee in this scene.
- Originally, Stan Lee's final cameo in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was reported to be in Spider-Man: Far From Home, which was supposed to be the first film in Phase Four at the time. However, Joe Russo later confirmed that Lee's final MCU cameo was in Avengers: Endgame and that he wasn't sure if Lee was healthy enough to film a cameo in Far From Home. Far From Home was later made the final film of Phase Three, thus making Phase Four the first phase without any Stan Lee cameos.
- Al Jean revealed that Marvel Studios changed their policy about Stan Lee cameos, that he would no longer cameo now that he has passed away.
- Tom Garner was a stunt double for Stan Lee in the role of Watcher Informant.
- Tony Costa was a stand-in for Stan Lee in the role of Watcher Informant.
- Iron Man
- Iron Man 2
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Spider-Man: Homecoming
- Thor: Ragnarok
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- Avengers: Endgame
- Captain Marvel
- The Incredible Hulk
- The Avengers Deleted Scene
- The Avengers
- Iron Man 3
- Thor: The Dark World
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Deleted Scene
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Post-credits Scene
- Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Captain America: Civil War
- Black Panther
- Doctor Strange
- Ant-Man and the Wasp
- Avengers: Infinity War
- Kevin Feige Endorses Stan Lee MCU Cameo Fan Theory
- JAMES GUNN ACKNOWLEDGES SMALL GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2. CONTINUITY ERROR
- Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Nearly Included A Deadpool Movie Reference
- Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige on Crafting Great Post-Credits Scenes
- Kevin Smith Reacts to Stan Lee's Cameo in Captain Marvel
- Stan Lee Cameo Confirmed for ‘Avengers: Endgame’ and ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’
- ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Features Stan Lee’s Final Cameo, Joe Russo Says
- The Simpsons Showrunner Reveals What Marvel Wouldn't Let Them Do in Loki-Themed Short