Palms Celebrates Iron Man 2 & Creator Stan Lee
The biggest blockbuster of the summer debuts this weekend in Vegas

The summer blockbuster season is officially kicking off this year with Iron Man 2. There are even predictions that it could break The Dark Knight's opening-weekend record of $158.4 million. Though, I think the Iron Man-folks would rather just stop being compared to that film, seeing as the massive success of the Christian Bale flick definitely put a damper on the almost-as-massive success of the first Iron Man.

The Palms is holding a three-day celebration in honor of Iron Man 2 and the real comic book hero behind it all, Stan Lee.

"He is an entertainment icon," said Johnny Brenden, owner of Brenden Theaters. "We will present him with his own Brenden Celebrity Star. He is the legend when it comes to comics and comic book heroes."

Stan will join the ranks of Michael Jackson, Sylvester Stallone, Hugh Hefner, Dennis Hopper, Shaquille O'Neal, Dwayne Johnson, Kid Rock, Robin Leach, and others who have also received this honor.

Stan has been changing the pop culture environment for over half a decade with the creation of hundreds of comic book characters, including some you'll probably recognize. Spider-Man, the Hulk, Fantastic Four, X-Men -- all came to be thanks to Stan.

Vegas icon Robin Leach introduced the Marvel legend to the VIP audience at Brenden Theaters last night as well as moderated a Q&A with him. Following the screening, the official Iron Man 2 launch party was held at Moon.

Today, the journalist will also emcee the star-studded red carpet featuring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Mickey Rourke, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Stan will be presented with his star at a public ceremony at 7:30.

The tribute continues on Saturday with a reception and dinner hosted by Walt Disney Studios and emceed once again by (guess who!) Robin Leach. The night will feature Stan's digital comic Time Jumper in addition to preview clips of With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story.http://www.joonbug.com/admin/blog/article/new

There will also be an exhibit of Marvel Comics memorabilia assembled by Comic Link and Desert Wind Comics, worth over $1 million.

Stars from all of Stan's works have been invited to attend and pay tribute to the legend.