The simpsons Boss Al Jean revealed Marvel prevented them from including Stan Lee cameo in new animated crossover Le Bon, Le Bart and Le Loki.
In an interview with ComicBook.com, the showrunner recalled the early days of the short’s development and how, when the team realized they had received unused audio files submitted by Lee as part of a previous appearance, they had envisioned the idea to include the legendary late writer.
“It wasn’t a joke,” Jean explained. “We just thought, ‘Oh, we have Stan Lee’s audio when he was on our show, could we see him?’
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“And they said their policy is that he doesn’t make a cameo now that he’s dead, which is a completely understandable policy,” he added. “It was their only note and it was, of course, easy to make.”
Jean went on to refer to Disney’s decision to water down Grogu’s inclusion in Star Wars-special theme The Force awakens from its nap, from a gag on sight where the Mandalorian picked up the child from daycare to Maggie wearing Baby Yoda ears in the blink of an eye and you’ll miss it.
“Grogu’s note also made sense,” he admitted. “It was like you let everyone use Grogu in their business, that would be over. Believe me, I respect the fact that these franchises have great power beyond our own. I respect him.”
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Featuring the vocal talents of Pinky and the Brain‘s Maurice LaMarche and Tom Hiddleston himself, Le Bon, Le Bart and Le Loki sees Odin, King of Asgard, banishing his mischievous son Loki to Springfield.
Upon her arrival, the demigod stumbles upon the Simpsons’ residence and ends up sending Lisa to Asgard. There, she stumbles upon Mjolnir and is inadvertently granted Thor’s powers.
The Simpsons: The Good, The Bart and The Loki is now streaming on Disney +. Loki is streaming on Disney +, where the Season 1 finale airs on Wednesday, July 14.
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