Stan Lee’s Lucky Man Review

The creator of so many characters and the world-renowned comic book writer Stan Lee “the man” (Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four) would stop making his famous cameos in the Marvel movies.

The truth is that given the advanced age of this master of comics, it is not surprising that this decision saw the light of day. But that’s not why he has stopped doing the things he has always liked. And from time to time he writes scripts again, either for comics or, as on this occasion, for television series. As such, he made in collaboration with his multimedia entertainment production POW! Entertainment. This is the first series he has made for the UK. Let’s break down what they all are about.

Brief Introduction

  • Episode release: 2016-2018
  • Creators: Stan Lee, Neil Biswas
  • Number of series: 3
  • Original platform: Sky1
  • Cast: Harry Clayton, Steve Orwell, Amara Karan, Eve Best
  • IMDb Rating: 7.1/10

This is a production that begins with a rather suggestive premise that revolves around luck, good and bad, and exploits it wonderfully. Luck plays a crucial role in many spheres of our lives, yet when we hear the word, the first thing that comes to mind is the notion of playing in casinos. Even if we take a game like poker, where an Ignition starting hands guide and other rules are essential knowledge before sitting at the table, the lucky factor is impossible to neglect. What to say about slot machines that are called chance-based games for a reason.

But behind this idea in Lucky Man there is much more plot: it is the story of a man who acquires a superpower that affects his life and those around him, and how he accepts it. The season lasts ten episodes and the story takes time to pick up the pace in the first ones, causing us to wonder what it wants to be.

Harry Clayton’s Super Power

As we have said earlier, the movie revolves around the usual question that everyone asked the filmmaker: if you had a superpower, what would it be? He always answered “luck”. However, luck is not something that accompanies detective Harry Clayton (played by James Nesbitt), and along with his gambling addiction it can be a terrible combination. It is something that is reflected in his life in general: it cost him his marriage to Anna (played by Eve Best) and his relationship with his daughter, in the non-promoted work, and he is extremely indebted. But this changes the day when a mysterious woman, named Eva (played by Sienna Guillory), appears in a game room in which he is.

But in the next morning as he wakes up, his luck begins to improve, and not only in the game, but in any risky situation. So much so that he begins to be reckless, that’s why his partner Suri Chohan (played by Amara Karan) begins to doubt whether he is suicidal, and his colleague Steve Orwell (played by Darren Boyd) suspects that he is corrupt. All this will be a few of his problems, since Harry will realize, the hard way, that luck is something you can’t possess.

More Reasons to Watch Lucky Man

Beyond the surface level understanding of luck, the movie holds a number of other strengths that could give a somewhat different perspective and fresh view. Here are a few more reasons to give it a watch: 

Visual Section

This series, in the visual section, has very good photography. Even though it is not its strongest point either, it remains in a good overall line. It is not a production that needs a lot of special effects, but it is a police series with certain doses of action, and these are well carried out.

Cast of Actors

In the cast of actors we do not find anyone completely famous (except for James Nesbitt probably, who did appear in the three parts of The Hobbit). With that being said, it does not mean that his performance ceases to be good. In fact, I have always felt a predilection for performances in Anglo-Saxon series, sometimes they are seen breathing more feeling.

Direction & Script

The original script and part of the direction is in charge of Stan Lee, who makes us see that, although he is so old, he has not lost his touch. And it shows that not everything that comes out of his mind are superheroes.
It is also worth noting that among the executive producers are Richard Fell of Carnival Films and Anne Mensah and Beverley Booker on behalf of Sky. Stan Lee and his production partner Gill Champion are executive co-producers alongside lead writer and co-creator Neil Biswas (along with Bradford Riots), which adds to the expertise.


Among the movie’s other strengths is the city of London itself, which is shown to us alive and in all its splendor. It could be said that he is one more character, giving a special varnish to the protagonists and the plot itself. Another good thing about showing slums in London is that some touch of jazz will reach your ears.


For those looking to branch out with their viewing habits, Lucky Man offers an exciting introduction to a surprisingly multifaceted narrative – a bold deviation from the standard template seen of late in Stan Lee’s works. In a nutshell, it’s definitely worth giving this series a shot.
Adeptly crafted by the usual collection of British talent, the beloved metropolis gives life to a storyline rife with intrigue and possibility. Our hero, under the tutelage of Nesbitt, acquires an almost superhuman ability that resolves this dramatic plot like Spiderman himself.