“I have only one question: Did I survive The Snap?”
SPOILERS ahead for Captain Marvel.
Kevin Smith is officially part of the MCU thanks to a reference to Mallrats in Captain Marvel.
Kevin Smith took to Instagram and posted a very emotional picture and message that thanked Marvel for the inclusion of the script of Mallrats, which was being read by the one-and-only Stan Lee in one of his famous cameos.
“Just saw @captainmarvelofficial. I am a blubbering mess. After a lifetime spent referencing the movies, the movies just referenced me! Many thanks to @marvelstudios, #ryanfleck, #annabodin, and to my friend @therealstanlee for the cinematic shout-out! But if I’m now part of the @marvel Universe, I have only one question: Did I survive The Snap? #KevinSmith #captainmarvel #marveluniverse #marvel #marvelstudios #gratitude #kevinfeige #ryanfleck #annaboden”
The reference was more than just a silly nod as Captain Marvel takes place in 1995, the same year that Mallrats was released. Even more awesome is the fact that Stan Lee was also featured in a short but important role in Mallrats, which was written and directed by Kevin Smith.
Stan Lee’s cameo in Captain Marvel is obviously bittersweet as the legendary comic icon died at the age of 95 last November.
Captain Marvel is the latest MCU film and the last to be released before Avengers: Endgame. In our review, we said “Captain Marvel’s big screen debut puts a fresh spin on Marvel’s Phase One origin story formula.”
As for Kevin Smith, he does appear to have survived Thanos’ Snap as he recently began pre-production on the Jay and Silent Bob reboot and is also working on a Jay and Silent Bob VR series.
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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN who loves to see these cameos and nods to the greats of the entertainment industry. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst.