The Stan Lee tribute event expected since the icon died in November is set: “Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible & Uncanny Life of Stan Lee” will take place Wednesday, January 30, at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre, with both public and invite-only private events, the latter including such speakers as Mark Hamill, Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld, Vincent D’Onofrio and others.
The tribute, presented by Kevin Smith, Legion M and Agents of Mayhem in partnership with Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment, will kick off with a public appreciation of Lee’s life and work at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre forecourt, with “fan-favorite speakers,” an art exhibit by artist Rob Prior, select costumes and props from Stan’s cameos and creations, a musical performance and a special moment of remembrance around Lee’s hand and foot imprints.
After a red carpet arrival of guests, the evening will proceed with the private tribute inside the IMAX Theatre hosted by Smith.
The public tribute is open to fans, with a limited number of tickets available beginning today at 5 pm PT at legionm.com/stantribute. Ticket packages currently on the site include $150 and $200 options.
The tribute was announced today by the presenters.
“Thank you, Stan, for making me not only the boy I was but also the man I am today,” said Clerks filmmaker Smith. “You had great power and you always used it responsibly, fostering billions of dreamers who all know your name – a name written in the stars for all time. You were not just the literary titan of comic books, you were our modern-day Mark Twain.”
Smith will moderate conversations during the private IMAX Theatre tribute with celebrity speakers including Hamill, Liefeld, The Dark Knight exec producer Michael Uslan, D’Onofrio, RZA, and Tom DeSanto, producer of X-Men, and the Transformers franchise), among others. The evening will conclude with video tributes and live performances of Lee’s favorite music and poetry.
The tribute event was announced by Legion M, the fan-owned company that organized Lee’s 2017 hand-and-foot imprint ceremony at the theater. Legion M will produce the tribute with the production and consulting company Agents of Mayhem, whose founder Darren Passarello worked for Lee for several years, according to Legion M.
According to the announcement, Legion M and Agents of Mayhem are working in partnership with Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment, the multimedia company Lee founded in 2001 with Gill Champion. POW! Chief Marketing Officer Bob Sabouni will oversee the tribute day alongside the other event partners.
Net proceeds from the event’s ticket sales will go to the non-profit charitable organization The Hero Initiative, a charity supporting comic book creators, artists and writers in need.
“We are honored for this chance for Stan’s fans and friends to come together in a celebration of his remarkable life,” said Scott D. Williams, CEO of Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment said. “Despite his passing, Stan’s name, work and legacy will continue to flourish and be revealed to the world. We are committed to honor Stan’s extraordinary life and work.”
Said Champion, Stan Lee’s partner and confidante for over 18 years: “Stan was a unique and unforgettable human being, truly adored worldwide. He loved coming to work and creating endless new ideas and stories and in spite of his genius he was a relatable and kind man that his admirers could relate to with ease. He will be dearly missed and his legacy will live on now and for many more generations to come.”
Producer of the event David Baxter, VP Development at Legion M: “Stan Lee played a major cameo in all the lives of the fans he loved, be it through his writing, his acting or his personal interactions. We feel this tribute is a perfect opportunity for Stan’s beloved fans to unite with celebrities and friends of Stan to give the man the grand sendoff he deserves.” Agents of Mayhem founder Darren Passarello called it a “personal honor to be a part of this tribute.”
Additional details for the event will be coming soon.