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04/28/2017 12:22 pm ET Updated Apr 28, 2017

Don't Believe The Hype! Marvel Didn't Confirm Stan Lee Theory ... Yet

A "Guardians of the Galaxy" star sets the record straight.

The list of accolades we could give “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” could fill the universe, so we’ll just let Chris Pratt do it for us.

In an interview with HuffPost, the actor told us, “It feels really good being in this movie. I was so proud of it. It’s one of those rare examples of an incredible idea that goes through all the steps required to bring it to screen without failing a single one. This great idea became an amazing script. The concept became an amazing screenplay, which went to Disney and Marvel to get all the money required to pull this thing off. All the songs came through. Every casting choice was the first and perfect choice. It’s shot beautifully. It’s cut together exactly like it read, and we stuck the landing.”

He continued, “I have a feeling though the course of my career, there are going to be very few moments like this in my life. And it feels really fucking good.”

Like Pratt said, the movie is good, but now we know part of it is too good.

In “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” there are scenes showing Stan Lee that appear to confirm a major fan theory that’s been going on for years. (We’re only commenting on the scenes because Marvel has already said they’re in the film.)

The scenes have Stan Lee talking with The Watchers, powerful beings from Marvel that passively watch important events in the universe. The fan theory says Stan Lee is one of The Watchers, which would explain all his random cameos in movies with Marvel characters. 

Like we said, this theory has been around for a while. We even asked “Captain America: Civil War” writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely about it last year. They loved it, but the pair told us The Watchers might be in the “Fantastic Four” universe, and Marvel and Disney might not have the rights.

That apparently isn’t the case. 

Kevin Feige opened up about the Stan Lee moment at the “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” press conference. According to Screen Rant, he said:

Yes, we always thought it would be fun. Stan Lee clearly exists, you know, above and apart from the reality of all the films. So the notion that he could be sitting there on a cosmic pit stop during the jump gate sequence in “Guardians was something very fun – James had that idea and we shot that cameo and loved it so much, you know, you see it a couple of times in the movie. It wasn’t in for a long time and we put it back in towards the end of the process where he references that time he was a Federal Express agent – we thought it would be fun to put that in there because that really says, so wait a minute, he’s this same character who’s popped up in all these films.

The scenes are amazing, and Feige’s comments would seem to confirm the theory, but don’t believe the hype! 

In an interview with HuffPost on the day of the press conference, Dave Bautista, who plays Drax in the film, told us we’re not getting the whole story.

When we asked Bautista if Stan Lee was a Watcher, he said, “Actually, Kevin Feige just spoke about that downstairs, and he said, ‘Well, we did see a group of Watchers, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that Stan Lee is a Watcher. He was having a conversation with Watchers.’”

So yeah, it seems like Feige didn’t confirm it after all.

Bautista continued, “But I thought it was great. It’s another way just to continue to tell different stories in the Marvel universe. You know, add different characters, and I think fans really appreciate it. They love seeing these characters come to life.”

It’s still a fun time in the movie. But the theory has not been confirmed ... for now. We’ll be watching ...

”Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” hits theaters May 5. 

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