One Stan Lee Theory is Too Good to be True But Could’ve Easily Explained Why He’s Everywhere in MCU

This theory explains why Stan Lee was almost everywhere in the MCU?

One Stan Lee Theory is Too Good to be True But Could've Easily Explained Why He's Everywhere in MCU


  • Stan Lee's influence resonated well before the advent of the MCU.
  • He resembled Marvel Comics' The Watcher, observing major universe events.
  • There's this theory which suggests his cameos tie him to 'He Who Remains.'
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Stanley Martin Lieber, aka Stan Lee, was practically Marvel’s mascot, appearing in numerous Marvel projects. His cameos extended beyond movies to include audio, animation, and various other mediums.


He was a legendary comic book guru—often referred to as the co-creator of many iconic Marvel Comics characters such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, and the Hulk, among others.

Stan Lee in a still from Spider-Man 3
Stan Lee in a still from Spider-Man 3

Given his penchant for cameos in Marvel movies and TV shows, a theory speculates that he may secretly be linked to ‘He Who Remains,’ somehow.


Is MCU’s Everywhere Man Stan Lee Actually ‘He Who Remains’?

Even before the MCU started, Stan Lee‘s presence was already familiar. He’s known for his cameos in various Marvel movies, appearing in X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Spider-Man movies. Fans always enjoy spotting him in the most unexpected places in the Marvel projects.

Stans have long wondered how Lieber managed to appear in so many places all at once. While it was revealed in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 that he was an informant to the Watchers, there’s a funnier theory out there.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Stan Lee as Watcher Informant in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Some think he might actually be the god-like creator, ‘He Who Remains.’ It’s a hilarious idea considering Stan Lee’s status in the Marvel universe. Who knows, maybe he’s pulling the strings behind the scenes with a mischievous grin?


‘He Who Remains’ is a character from Marvel Comics (associated with the Kang the Conqueror storyline). In the comics, ‘He Who Remains’ is a character who is the last director of the Time Variance Authority (TVA) and is responsible for overseeing the multiverse.

The NY native passed away at the age of 95 in 2018 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California due to respiratory and congestive heart failure.

Is Kang the Conqueror in Ant-Man 3 the Same Character as ‘He Who Remains’ in Loki?

Jonathan Majors played Kang the Conqueror in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which made people wonder if he’s the same guy as ‘He Who Remains’ from Loki.


Majors was first announced as Kang in 2020. Later he showed up as ‘He Who Remains’—a man lounging at the end of time and watching the Sacred Timeline—in Loki‘s season 1 finale on Disney+.

In Loki, ‘He Who Remains’ died, but Majors returned as Kang in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Now, there are two Kangs, which might confuse some people. So, remember not to mix them up together.

Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror in ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA and He Who Remains from LOKI
Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and ‘He Who Remains’ from Loki

The producers of Loki and the third Ant-Man movie have said many times that although ‘He Who Remains’ and Kang the Conqueror come from the same person, their lives shaped them into separate characters. Once the actor who played the characters himself told GamesRadar+:


“The character is different so you move a different way; my psychology has shifted because of the character. He’s just a different guy. He Who Remains is not in Ant-Man. It’s Kang. This is a movie, not a TV show. I’ve been here since the beginning and I came in at the end on Loki.”

Kang, also known as Nathaniel Richards, came from the 31st Century. He used advanced technology to conquer different universes as he traveled through time.

Over time, he made many versions of himself, resulting in numerous Kang variants. ‘He Who Remains’ and Kang the Conqueror are just two examples of this.

Watch Jonathan Majors’ ‘He Who Remains’ on Loki (both seasons), available on Disney+.


Written by Shreya Jha

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