Get ready to spend the holidays with Stan “The Man” Lee. ABC will air the special ‘Celebrating Marvel’s Stan Lee’ on December 20. Portions of the special were filmed in front of a live audience, and that footage will be mixed in with archival interviews and footage of the comic book giant, as well as interviews with stars of various Marvel TV shows and movies, and other pop culture figures, all paying their respects to the man who co-created most of the famous characters that populate the Marvel comic books and adaptations.
Among the Marvel stars that are confirmed to be included are Tom Hiddleston, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, and Clark Gregg, as well as ‘Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.’s Ming-Na Wen and ‘Daredevil’s Deborah Ann Woll. Also featured will be Disney CEO Bob Iger and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, comic book creators Joe Quesada (the Executive Vice President and Creative Director of Marvel Entertainment), Todd McFarlane, CB Cebulski, and Gerry Conway, and pop culture figures Mark Hamill, Method Man, Kevin Smith, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, and Seth Green.
As Quesada said:
“As a young man, Stan ‘The Man’ Lee always dreamed of writing, going on to create some of the greatest heroes of our modern times. Stan showed each of us how to be a hero in our everyday lives, and the stories he wrote will go on to influence generations of fans for decades to come. We can’t wait for all you True Believers out there to see this special to honor and celebrate Stan’s incredible life and all the lives he has touched.”
Among Lee’s co-creations are the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, Doctor Strange, the original X-Men, and Groot. These and other characters were co-created by Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko.
Lee passed away on November 12, 2018. He has appeared posthumously in cameos in ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’, ‘Captain Marvel’, and ‘Avengers: Endgame’.
‘Celebrating Marvel’s Stan Lee’ is scheduled to air on Friday, December 20th at 8 pm EST on ABC.