I know that Stan Lee's final cameo was in Avengers: Endgame. However, I would assume that the MCU is still going to honour him in some way: whether it be some clear cut reference or something a little more minor.

Was there a reference to Stan Lee in WandaVision?

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The one possible reference that I noticed (and also found to be referenced on the internet) about Stan Lee was in Episode 7: Breaking the fourth Wall.

In the episode’s opening theme, a license plate is shown (image below) with a six-digit number on top 122822. This is possibly a nod to Stan Lee's birthday which is on December 28th, 1922 (written 12/28/1922 in the US).

WandaVision license plate
Opening scene from Wadavision Episode 7: Breaking the fourth Wall (click to enlarge)

In an interview with ScreenRant, WandaVision director Matt Shakman has confirmed this Easter Egg dedicated to Stan Lee.

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    It would be an unbelievable coincidence if that weren't deliberate.
    – Barmar
    Mar 11, 2021 at 14:38

The director for WandaVision, Matt Shakman, said in an interview for ScreenRant that there is at least one reference to Stan Lee: a license plate.

Matt Shakman: I mean, there certainly are some that folks have noticed that are important. A certain license plate, perhaps, in an opening title recently. We have to honor Stan Lee, of course.

But we were very careful about the breadcrumbs that we left, because it is a mystery and a puzzle box. You want to make sure that all the pieces of evidence add up. And then there are fun little easter eggs on the side - many of which people have found already, if not all of them, and then analyzed. We were trying to build this story, and make sure that we were putting out all the little pieces that would eventually add up to complete the puzzle.

ScreenRant, WandaVision's Stan Lee Easter Egg Confirmed

Here, he is referring to the license plate we see on one of the cars in the opening credits to episode 7, "Breaking the Fourth Wall". The license plate reads "WANDA" with the number "122822" above it. This is referring to Stan Lee's date of birth which is 28th December 1922 or 12/28/[19]22 (MM/dd/[yy]yy).

The license plate

In the following episode, "Previously On...", we have another reference to Lee. During the flashbacks to Wanda's past we witness her drive from S.W.O.R.D. to Westview and the license plate for her car. Under the normal details the word "EXCELSIOR" is written which is clearly referencing Stan Lee's motto and sign off.

A yellow box highlights the license plate on Wanda's car Image taken from this ScreenRant article.

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    Excelsior is the NY state motto and standardly available on plates (dmv.ny.gov/plates/excelsior-plates), so that's not obviously a deliberate reference. On the other hand, the Excelsior plates are new and so fitting I can't imagine they weren't chosen deliberately
    – Arcy
    Mar 10, 2021 at 15:00
  • @TheLethalCarrot +1 for the excelsior note! I didn’t even know this was there
    – Shreedhar
    Mar 10, 2021 at 18:06
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    Except Westview is in New Jersey, not New York - I guess she hasn't gotten new plates yet? And the WANDA plate looks like Connecticut, even though the state name is replaced by Stan's birthday... Mar 10, 2021 at 19:24
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    @DarrelHoffman There's no reason to believe the car needs to be registered in New Jersey. Wanda drove there because of the deed(?) she found on the passenger seat. The car is most likely a rental anyway. (She's only been back from the Blip for a few weeks and lived in a government compound prior to that; it's unlikely she owns her own car anyway.)
    – chepner
    Mar 10, 2021 at 22:20
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    As long as the drop-offs balance the pick-ups, I don't think there's any attempt to return one-way rentals to their original location. A car registered in one state could end up far from that state.
    – chepner
    Mar 11, 2021 at 14:20

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