It’s been three years since we lost Stan “The Man” Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, not to mention a metric ton of other Marvel Comics icons like Iron Man. One of the most offputting bits of Phase 4 MCU is not seeing Stan mugging for the camera in a cameo scene, as he did in nearly 40 Marvel-based films over the past 20 years. But in the world of video games at least, Stan Lee lives on. Well, in a manner of speaking. A mod for the Spider-Man video game lets players play as Stan Lee.
In news we first spotted at GameSpot, you can now play as Stan Lee in Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered for PC. The mods for the game added several new costumes for Spidey to wear, pulling from the character’s long history. But the coolest Spidey “costume” is simply getting to play as Spidey’s daddy himself, Stan Lee. If you’re so inclined to swing through New York shouting “Excelsior,” you can find the Stan mod by clicking here. And you can watch an example of the Stan Lee mod in the video above, from YouTuber Dracul.
Marvel recently signed a deal with the Stan Lee estate that allows the company to license his name and likeness for all manner of media over the next 20 years. So we doubt this is the last time “Spider-Stan” gets to be part of a game. The mod replaces the Spider Clan suit from the main game with one of Stan Lee wearing a tuxedo. Players can then swap the head in the “ Bombastic Bag-Man” suit with Stan’s.
For those of you who are unaware, the Bombastic Bag Man is the spare Fantastic Four costume Peter Parker once wore, in which he had a brown paper bag over his head. This is when Peter and the black symbiote costume separated in the Fantastic Four’s Baxter Building, but Peter still needed to swing around to get home. Marvel Comics’ history is wild, folks. Marvel’s Spider-Man is out now on PC via Steam and Epic Games store.