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Chadwick Boseman Tributes You Might Have Missed In Miles Morales

Spider-Man: Miles Morales launched to general acclaim alongside the PS5 on Nov. 12, making it one of two Marvel games, the other being Marvel's Avengers, to release in the wake of Chadwick Boseman's passing in August of this year.

Boseman's filmography is relatively small compared to other A-list actors' over the course of an equivalent span of time, making the number of impactful performances he ultimately contributed during that period all the more impressive. These include a starring roles in films chronicling the lives of American icons Jackie Robinson, James Brown and Thurgood Marshall, in addition to a key part in Spike Lee's latest film, Da 5 Bloods.

Boseman is, of course, most widely known for portraying T'Challa, or Black Panther, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In memory of both the impact Boseman had on fans of Black Panther and his larger contributions to cinema, Spider-Man: Miles Morales includes two notable tributes to the late actor, one within the game world and one at the game's conclusion.

How Miles Morales memorialized Chadwick Boseman

The first tribute to Chadwick Boseman in Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a street sign for a Boseman Way. Miles Morales' game world is basically identical to that of Marvel's Spider-Man, Insomniac Games' previous Spider-Man title. However, user RollieDell, in a highly-upvoted post on the Marvel Studios Subreddit, pointed out that where players of the prior Spider-Man in 2018 would have found a sign for 42nd Street between 1st and 3rd Avenue is now a sign proclaiming that stretch to be Boseman Way.

Jackie Robinson's number as a player for the Brooklyn Dodgers was 42, and thus the title of the Jackie Robinson biopic in which Boseman starred was 42. RollieDell theorized that the street sign's location on what would otherwise be 42nd Street is in reference to Boseman's role portraying Robinson.

Additionally, a more explicit tribute to the late actor accompanies the game's end credits. This means that it's only accessible upon finishing Miles Morales' campaign, but unmissable upon doing so. "A noble king, Chadwick Boseman" is memorialized for how "his honor, strength, and compassion will reverberate for generations to come" in a heartfelt statement befitting of the actor's enduring, substantial impact on popular culture.