Following the tragic death of comic book scribe Stan Lee just over a year ago, the co-creator of countless Marvel Comics characters was given a televised tribute in special fashion. The Primetime special Celebrating Marvel's Stan Lee premiered on ABC chronicled his more than seven decades in the industry, during which he co-created characters such as Spider-Man, Ant-Man, Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, The Avengers, The X-Men, and Black Panther, and fans at home reacted accordingly to the emotional memorial.
The special was partially filmed in front of a live audience at New York's New Amsterdam Theater earlier this fall, and featured an array of actors and comic professionals paying tribute to Lee. Phil Coulson actor Clark Gregg hosted the event which featured many other Marvel actors including Loki actor Tom Hiddleston, Vision actor Paul Bettany, Maria Hill actress Cobie Smulders, Agent May actress Ming-Na Wen, Karen Page actress Deborah Ann Woll, and Makkari actress Lauren Ridloff. Other celebrities that attended and spoke included Mark Hamill, Jimmy Kimmel, Method Man, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, Kevin Smith, Joe Quesada, Seth Green, Bob Iger, CB Cebulski, Todd McFarlane, Kevin Feige, and Gerry Conway.
Read on to see how fans at home reacted to the Stan Lee special. Check out the fans that were annoyed they couldn't see the special by clicking here.
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We love you 3000
#CelebratingStanLee— Atharva Sohani (@AtharvaSohani) December 21, 2019
Stan Lee has always been an inspiration for all of us. For me, He is the Greatest God. The God who created the best universe of all time.
He was, is and always be a LEGEND.
STAN, I LOVE YOU 3000.
The 8 year old in me is beyond excited right now! One of my idols right here! — watching Celebrating Marvel’s Stan Lee— George Lee (@Echo73) December 21, 2019
Crying after 10 minutes
The #CelebratingStanLee special is great, beautiful tribute.December 21, 2019
The great escape
Thank you Stan Lee for making a world where I can escape to when the real world gets to be to hard and where it’s ok to be a grown adult and still be reading comic books 💔😭#CelebratingStanLee pic.twitter.com/HLs483EeLz— Jaime Murray ♿ (@GeekWoman20) December 21, 2019
couldn't even watch it
i didnt watch the stan Lee tribute on abc because i knew it would make me emotional so i might watch it tomorrow on hulu if im up to it— ☂︎ (@vanexmias) December 21, 2019
Stan's legacy is forever
I tried to watch #CelebratingStanLee, but I got so emotional, I had to turn it off.December 21, 2019
Awww, Stan Lee 😢— Highly Favored 🔥🙏🏾♿ (@tokingblackgirl) December 21, 2019
I can't believe he's gone. He made a positive impact in many people's lives. He taught us that everyone has a super hero inside them.
Rest in Power, Stan.
Excelsior! 💥☝🏾 #CelebratingStanLee pic.twitter.com/J0ctBejr9z
Things Were Emotional The Night It was recorded too
Sadly, the most emotional and heartfelt tribute by @Todd_McFarlane wasn’t aired. But maybe that’s for the best. Those of us in the audience experienced something beautiful.— chris eliopoulos (@ChrisEliopoulos) December 21, 2019
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