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"Hey, fellas! Hey, wait, where are you going? Hey, you were supposed to be my lift home! How will I get out of here? Hey! Oh, gee, I've got so many more stories to tell! Oh, guys! Oh, gee..."
―Watcher Informant to the Watchers[src]

The Watcher Informant is a humanoid cosmic being who travels the universe and reports on his adventures to the Watchers. He has visited Earth many times as far back as 1943 and has also been seen on other worlds such as Xandar.

Biography

The Watchers

Award Ceremony

"I thought he'd be taller."
―Watcher Informant[src]
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The Watcher Informant mistakes Brandt's Aide for Captain America

The Watcher Informant attended a ceremony where Senator Brandt intended to present Captain America with the Medal of Honor reward his heroic rescue of 400 Allied soldiers from a HYDRA base in Austria. However, Rogers did not attend the ceremony, electing to stay in Europe and continue the war effect. Brandt's Aide came to inform the Senator of this, and the Watcher Informant mistook him for Rogers, commenting to the man next to him that he had expected him to be taller.[1]

Charity Ball

Stan Lee Iron Man

The Watcher Informant is mistaken for Hugh Hefner by Tony Stark

"You look great, Hef."
Tony Stark to Watcher Informant[src]

The Watcher Informant attended the third annual benefit dinner for the Fire-fighters Family Fund in Malibu, California. He crossed paths with Tony Stark, who mistook him for Hugh Hefner due to the fact that he was wearing a red bathrobe and accompanied by two models.[2]

Stark Expo

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The Watcher Informant at the Stark Expo

The Watcher Informant attended the opening of the Stark Expo. He once again encountered Tony Stark, to whom he was misidentified by Happy Hogan as Larry King due to the fact that he was wearing a suit similar to those typically worn by King.[3]

Soda Incident

Pingo Doce

The Watcher Informant grabs a bottle of Pingo Doce infected with Bruce Banner's blood

"It's a possible Gamma sickness. Milwaukee. A man drank one of those guaraná sodas. Guess it had a little more kick than he was looking for."
Kathleen Sparr and Thaddeus Ross[src]

The Watcher Informant was living in Milwaukee, where he drank a bottle of Pingo Doce, unaware that it was infected with Bruce Banner's blood. His exposure to Gamma Radiation caught the attention of General Thaddeus Ross, who tracked Banner down to Rio de Janeiro.[4]

A Crater in New Mexico

Stan Lee Thor

The Watcher Informant attempts to pull Mjølnir from the crater

"Did it work?"
―Watcher Informant[src]

As a crater was discovered about 50 miles west of Puente Antiguo, New Mexico with a mysterious object in the centre of it, several townsmen attempted to lift it, but were unable to. The Watcher Informant requested two of the others to tie one end of a chain to the back of his truck and the other to the object. He then drove in the opposite direction, but instead of being pulled from the ground the object pulled the trailer off of his truck. He looked out of the window and excitedly asked if his attempt has been successful, causing the others to laugh at him.[5]

Overheard Conversation

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The Watcher Informant tells Steve Rogers to ask for Beth's phone number

"Ask for her number, you moron!"
―Watcher Informant to Steve Rogers[src]

The Watcher Informant was having lunch with some friends at a cafe in New York City close to Stark Tower. Steve Rogers was sitting at the next table, and the Watcher Informant overheard a conversation between him and the waitress, Beth. Once she had left, he told Rogers to ask her for her phone number.[6]

Annoying Interview

Stan Lee The Avengers

The Watcher Informant expresses his scepticism of superheroes

"Superheroes in New York? Give me a break!"
―Watcher Informant[src]

The Watcher Informant was playing chess with a friend when a news reporter approached him and asked him to give his thoughts on the Avengers' victory over Loki and the Chitauri. Annoyed, he commented that he did not believe in superheroes and dismissed the reporter. This footage was later shown in a news montage.[7]

Pageant Judge

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The Watcher Informant judges a beauty pageant

The Watcher Informant was a judge in a beauty pageant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He awarded Miss Elk Ridge a perfect score of 10/10.[8]

Mental Patient

Stan Lee TTDW

The Watcher Informant asks Erik Selvig to return his shoe

"Any questions?"
"Yeah, can I have my shoe back?"
Erik Selvig and Watcher Informant[src]

The Watcher Informant was then being housed in a mental institution in London at the same time as Erik Selvig was there. Selvig explained his theories about the Convergence to the others, despite the fact that they were not interested. Once Selvig was finished, the Watcher Informant asked Selvig to return his shoe, which he had used as part of his demonstration.[9]

Smithsonian Guard

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The Watcher Informant discovers that the 1940s Captain America Uniform is gone

"Oh, man! I am so fired!"
―Watcher Informant[src]

The Watcher Informant then worked as a security guard in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.. He discovered that the 1940s Captain America Uniform had disappeared and commented that he would definitely be fired for that reason.[10]

Xandarian Ladies' Man

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The Watcher Informant flirts with the Pretty Xandarian

"Look at Mr. Smiles over here. Where's your wife, old man? What a Class A pervert!"
Rocket Raccoon[src]

The Watcher Informant travelled to Xandar, where he flirted with a Pretty Xandarian. He was observed by Rocket Raccoon, who speculated that he was an adulterer and called him a "Class A pervert".[11]

Reporting to the Watchers

"Oh, man. Anyway, before I was so rudely interrupted, at that time, I was a Federal Express man."
―Watcher Informant to the Watchers[src]
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The Watchers leave the Watcher Informant behind

The Watcher Informant then met with the Watchers and told them stories of his travels. They were momentarily interrupted when the Quadrant passed through their world on its way to Ego's Planet. Once it was gone, the Watcher Informant began telling them of his time as a Federal Express man.[12] However, the Watchers grew tired of his tales and left him there, despite his pleas that they stay and give him a ride home.[13]

Party at Avengers Tower

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The Watcher Informant is drunkenly escorted from Avengers Tower

"This was aged for a thousand years in the barrels built from the wreck of Grunhel's Fleet. It is not meant for mortal men."
"Neither was Omaha Beach, Blondie. Stop trying to scare us. Come on."
Thor and Watcher Informant[src]

Despite his encounter with the Watchers, the Watcher Informant successfully managed to find a way back to Earth. He attended a party at Avengers Tower alongside other World War II veterans. As they drank with Steve Rogers and Thor, the Odinson consumed an Asgardian beverage that he insisted was not fit for mortal men. Unfazed, the Watcher Informant requested that he try it, to which Thor reluctantly agreed. Quite inebriated, the Watcher Informant was then escorted from the tower, proclaiming "Excelsior!" as he went.[14]

Bartender

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The Watcher Informant talks to Ignacio

"Look at the girl I'm with! You what I'm sayin'? She's crazy stupid fine, right?"
"Yeah, crazy stupid fine!"
Ignacio and Watcher Informant[src]

The Watcher Informant worked then as a bartender in San Francisco. He conversed with Ignacio, who pointed out the woman he was with and called her "crazy stupid fine", to which the Watcher Informant agreed.[15]

FedEx Driver

Stan Lee FedEx Driver

The Watcher Informant arrives at the New Avengers Facility

"Are you Tony...Stank?"
"Yes, this is...this is Tony Stank! You're in the right place. Thank you for that!"
―Watcher Informant and James Rhodes[src]

The Watcher Informant worked once again as a driver for FedEx, delivering a package to Tony Stark. He arrived at the New Avengers Facility and encountered Stark and James Rhodes. He asked Stark if he was "Tony Stank", having misread his name on the package, and Rhodes jokingly replied that he was.[16]

A Disturbance in the Neighborhood

"Don't make me come down there, you punk!"
―Watcher Informant to Spider-Man[src]

The Watcher Informant was in his apartment in New York City when he overheard Spider-Man stopping what he thought was an attempted car theft, only to find out that the man was merely entering his own car. Along with two other residents, the Watcher Informant chastised Spider-Man for making noise and threatened to come down and give him a piece of his mind. He then had a conversation with his neighbor Marjorie, who knew him as "Gary", from their respective windows, in which he asked her how her mother was.[17]

Bus Passenger

Stan Lee Bus Passenger

The Watcher Informant reads "The Doors of Perception"

"Ha ha! That is hilarious!"
―Watcher Informant reads "The Doors of Perception"[src]

The Watcher Informant happened to be sat in a bus in New York City and reading "The Doors of Perception" by Aldous Huxley. He laughed at the book's amusing content, completely oblivious to Doctor Strange and Karl Mordo crashing into the bus' window in the Mirror Dimension.[18]

Relationships

Allies

Appearances

Appearances for Watcher Informant

In chronological order:

Trivia

Behind the Scenes

  • Kevin Feige confirmed in an interview following the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 that Stan Lee portrays the same character in every film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: "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."[19]
  • For years there had been a popular fan theory that Stan Lee was portraying the same character in every live action Marvel adaptation, including those produced by other studios such as Sony Pictures Studios, Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox. James Gunn considered confirming this theory by having the Watcher Informant mention that he worked as a DJ in a strip club, referring to Lee's cameo in Deadpool.[20] Fans speculated that Lee was actually playing Uatu, though Kevin Feige disproved this theory by confirming that while the cinematic rights to the Watchers are shared between Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox, Uatu is owned solely by Fox.[21]
  • James Gunn has confirmed that the "Stan Lee is a Watcher" theory inspired him to write something similar into the Marvel Cinematic Universe: "I actually read the Marvel fan sites and the Marvel message boards out there and a lot of times people have ideas that are somewhat off-base or silly or whatever. But one thing I found very funny and interesting is the fact that people thought Stan Lee is a Watcher… and that all of these cameos that he’s doing are part of him being a Watcher. So I thought that was one of the greatest things the fans came up with. So, Stan Lee, as a guy who is either a Watcher – or probably a guy who is working for the Watchers – was something that I thought was fun for the MCU." However, one line that seemed to create a continuity error was the Watcher Informant telling the Watchers of his time working for FedEx, since Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 takes place two years before Captain America: Civil War. Gunn admits that this was a mistake on his part: "And yes, I know I made a mistake. People have written and asked me, and I'll own up to my mistake because Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 theoretically happens in 2014 which is before [Captain America Civil War]. And Stan Lee in the movie says, "That time I was the FedEx guy," which is what he is in Civil War. I screwed up; I wasn't thinking. That’s all that is. But I'm going to say that – probably – Stan Lee used the guise of a FedEx guy more than one time. So it’s a mistake, but it can easily be explained away!"[22]

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