Last month marked one year since legendary comic book writer Stan Lee passed away. Now, ABC is gearing up to honor Lee’s legacy with a new hour-long primetime TV special. Via Marvel.com, ABC announced that it will air Celebrating Stan Lee on Friday, December 20 at 8pm.
ABC News produced the special, which was partially filmed in front of an audience at New York’s New Amsterdam Theater. It promises to showcase never-before-seen footage and interviews with Lee “from deep within” Marvel’s and ABC News’ archives. Fans can also expect to see actors who have shown up in various Marvel films and TV shows. Viewers will see interviews with Tom Hiddleston, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Deborah Ann Woll, and Lauren Ridloff.
The special also boasts other big names as well. Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige, Kevin Smith, Mark Hamill, Seth Green, Jimmy Kimmel, New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley Disney CEO Bob Iger, and rappers Method Man and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels will also make appearances. Additionally, other comic book creators will share how Stan revolutionized their industry, including current Marvel editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski, Todd McFarlane, and Joe Quesada, who now serves as Executive VP and Creative Director of Marvel Entertainment.
“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,” said Quesada in a statement. “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.”
You can check out the artwork for the special below. Will you be tuning in to watch Celebrating Stan Lee later this month? Let us know in the comment section!
Recommended Reading – A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee