Kevin Smith took to his social media accounts to share a photo of himself crying after he saw Captain Marvel. The film, set in the '90s, contained a great Easter egg referencing the nerdy filmmaker and one of his early movies.
This is your spoiler warning. Turn back if you haven't seen the movie yet and don't want to know about parts of the film.
There is a part of the film where Captain Marvel is searching for the shapeshifting alien Skrull on a train. As she moves from car to car, she looks over each passenger, stopping on a kind old man hidden behind a movie script. He winks at the hero and goes back to trying to memorize his lines.
That man is Stan Lee in one of his well-known cameos.
And the script he's reading is Mallrats.
Smith, a massive Marvel fan, was understandably touched by the moment.
The photo shows Smith with tears in his eyes, presumably having just seen the film.
He says in his caption,
"I am a blubbering mess. After a lifetime spent referencing the movies, the movies just referenced me!"
Followers on Instagram were very supportive of Smith's fortune.
Mallrats was a film by Smith which followed slacker friends on an adventure through a mall. At one point in the film, one of the main characters runs into Stan Lee, who gives him romantic advice.
Captain Marvel didn't just have a tribute to Kevin Smith, but to Stan Lee himself.
Captain Marvel is the first MCU film since the passing of Stan Lee. At the start of the film, when the Marvel Studios logo comes on screen, the scenes of Marvel films are replaced with Stan Lee's beloved cameos.
The two tributes are enough to bring a tear to your eye.
@ThatKevinSmith @captainmarvel @MarvelStudios @TheRealStanLee @Marvel I screamed in the theater!!!! BEST Stan Lee c… https://t.co/AavFxZ8KQb— Michele (@Michele)1552113027.0
So Awesome for @ThatKevinSmith Well deserved. https://t.co/1uJ6hHGoOk— Chip Boyes (@Chip Boyes)1552286615.0
One of Stan's last cameos is in #CaptainMarvel + to hit it home that it was the 90's, aka my angsty teen years, he'… https://t.co/Liyi5OIMcY— Kelly (@Kelly)1552143230.0
However, Smith's post ends with an important question.
"But if I'm now part of the @marvel Universe, I have only one question: Did I survive The Snap?"
That is a good question. However, the content of Mallrats being in the MCU leads to other difficult questions.
@ThatKevinSmith @captainmarvel @MarvelStudios @TheRealStanLee @Marvel Wait so if you exist within the MCU does that… https://t.co/S8qv0XKNK6— Robert James (@Robert James)1552173532.0
@Maverickjake @ThatKevinSmith @captainmarvel @MarvelStudios @TheRealStanLee @Marvel Oh my God I hope so— Teela79 (@Teela79)1552094948.0
@ThatJunkman @ThatKevinSmith @captainmarvel @MarvelStudios @TheRealStanLee @Marvel No it’s an alternate universe wh… https://t.co/UKJiUgabfF— Henry Feil (@Henry Feil)1552147876.0
I was myself in a marvel show that takes place in the MCU, but as background. I often ask the question if who I pla… https://t.co/83TwnwPz5q— shark (@shark)1552262603.0
Captain Marvel opened last week to a massive $150 million domestic box office, with a $455 million world wide opening weekend.
The film stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law and Lashana Lynch.