You might think that I’ve written on the new PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 title Spider-Man: Miles Morales a fair amount recently. You’d be absolutely right and I’m not about to stop anytime soon. This time around, we’re discussing some moving tributes to two Marvel heroes who passed away: Stan Lee and Chadwick Boseman.
The Stan Lee tribute can be found outside of Mick’s Diner in the Miles Morales game. Those who played the first Marvel’s Spider-Man game will remember that Stan Lee made an in-game cameo appearance in this diner back in 2018. He now has a bronze statue as a tribute to his memory outside of the diner. You can also trigger a trophy- the “Best Fries in Town” trophy- and some dialogue from Miles if you approach the statue and interact with it. The trophy description reads “Pay your respects to a legend in the Upper West Side.” Couldn’t have described him better myself. It is great to see that Stan Lee is still being memorialized within Marvel entertainment of all kinds even two years after his death. You can see exactly where you need to go to get this trophy and find the memorial Easter egg in YouTuber PowerPyx’s video below.
The second tribute comes after the credits of the game have rolled. If you stick around until the end, you’ll see a black screen with text that reads “In Loving Memory of a Noble King, Chadwick Boseman. His honour, strength, and compassion will reverberate for generations to come. Wakanda Forever”. This is a poignant tribute to the actor, who passed away in August of this year at age 43 after a secret four year battle with cancer. Both deaths were devastating but Boseman’s was incredibly sudden due to his young age and the unknown nature of his illness. Boseman became a worldwide star for his portrayal of King T’Challa of Wakanda in the 2018 Black Panther film as well as in Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame and Captain America: Civil War.
Both Lee and Boseman have contributed a significant amount to the Marvel universe, with Lee co- creating a huge amount of the Marvel world that we know and love and Boseman portraying a hero who showed black children globally that they too had a voice, they deserved to be heard and they could be the hero of their own stories.
To Stan Lee and Chadwick Boseman: May you rest in peace and be forever remembered for what you have done for popular culture in our world. Excelsior!