As a long time fan of both Marvel Comics and Kevin Smith’s View Askewniverse I’ve often laughed at the in jokes that Smith has included in his movies that include Star Wars, Marvel Comics, and a lot of other fandom. Smith often included cameos from close friends and families. Perhaps the biggest was in 1995’s Mallrats, where Stan “The Man” Lee appeared playing himself. Stan was treated as the sage adviser that changed the course of one of the main characters, Brodie. Smith was, at the time, an indie darling who was riding high on Clerks and was just a couple of years removed from Chasing Amy. There were many of us who loved seeing Stan on the big screen, flash forward 24 years and now Stan may be the greatest Cameo Actor of all time. So why does his appearance in Captain Marvel cause unintended consequences? WELL…Stan Lee appears reading a copy of the Script for Mallrats. While this may seem to be innocent there are a couple of moments in Mallrats that cause slight continuity issues. Here are a few:
1.) Jay mentions Wolverine in the Script. The X-men do not exist in this universe. Does that mean that in the Marvel Universe that there are X-Men comics? Or is Jay perhaps able to travel the Multi-verse?
2.) Brodie and Quint talk about Superman and Lois Lane having a baby together. That means that Kevin Smith as a character in the Marvel Universe is aware of the DC Universe. Is DC a comics company? Or is Kevin really the Multiverse Traveler?
3.) Will William ever see the Schooner?
Maybe I am just overthinking things, but one thing that I am not overthinking is that you should check out Captain Marvel in theaters today.