Stan Lee: Spider-Man co-creator continues cameo trend
When the revamped Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man ride reopened at Universal's Islands of Adventure last week, a classic character was added. A computer-generated version of Stan Lee, the co-creator of the webbed superhero, makes cameo appearances in the new high-definition film of the attraction.

In an interview last week, Lee said he'd only seen a rough cut of the new version but he had actually been on the attraction late last year.

"Even without me, it was the most spectacular ride that I had ever been on. I love that ride," he said. "And now I understand they have added so much more to it. If my presence proves not to be a turn-off, I think it will be the greatest ride ever."

Lee, 89, said he did not have input on the Spider-Man ride's re-incarnation or the original version, which debuted with the theme park in 1999.

"I would love to say they don't make a move without me," he said. "When I see these things, I'm seeing them the way the audience sees them. So I can judge them just the way anybody who buys the ticket would judge it. I think it's made a nice objective point of view."

Lee has been making small appearance in Marvel-based big-screen films for years. He said the first was in 2000 for the first X-Men movie, directed by Bryan Singer.

"He wanted somebody on a beach to be selling hot dogs in the background when somebody walked out of the water," Lee said. "He asked me if I wanted to do that, and I said 'I don't know much about hot dogs. I've never sold any.' "

Lee enjoyed being on the set, he said, and the cameos snowballed from there.

"I got a big kick out of the Fantastic Four one, where I was not allowed into the wedding because they didn't believe I was Stan Lee," he said. "I got a kick out of the one in 'Iron Man' where I was supposed to be a Hugh Hefner-type guy with three beautiful blondes with my arms around them."

But wait, there's more. He has two more films coming up this year -- "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "The Avengers."

"I think they are the funniest of all," he teased. "But my lips are sealed. I cannot describe them."