​Blizzard Immortalises Stan Lee In 'World Of Warcraft' With Touching Tribute

2018 provided a number of Marvel epics, starting with Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, ending with the PS4-exclusive Marvel's Spider-Man and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.

Despite this, fans will remember 2018 for one heartbreaking reason. It was the year when comic book legend, and creator of many Marvel superheroes, Stan Lee, aged 95, sadly passed away. Without him, both those titles, and hundreds more on all platforms, would simply never have existed.

His impact on adults and children around the globe was equally as influential as his impact on the media and entertainment industry. And it's because of this that fans, and now developers, paid tribute to his long, brilliant legacy.

If you head into World of Warcraft now, you can bump into a new NPC named Stanley strolling round Alliance's Stormwind Keep, rocking Lee's famous sunglasses and moustache combo.

And if you hang round him a little longer, every now and again Stanley will shout "Excelsior". This was real life Stan Lee's most iconic and favourite catchphrase, meaning onward to greater things, and Blizzard's way of saying thanks to the genius that paved the way for modern day superheroes, and so much more.

It's reported that there's another two Stanley NPC models dotted in the game files. But, as of yet, they haven't been found in-game. Blizzard is currently preparing WoW update 8.1.5, so a couple more virtual Stan Lees could pop up once the patch rolls in.

You can also visit a video game rendition of Lee in Sony's previously mentioned Spider-Man. The Insomniac Games-developed web-slinger features a cameo of the late legend near the start of its campaign, where he states that Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson "always were my favourites".

And, of course, he's in almost every Marvel movie and what not of the past decade. Lee's never usually on screen for longer than ten seconds but, always, he'll have something funny, sweet, or Stan Lee-ish to say.

Director Joe Russo confirmed that Lee had shot another, possibly last, Marvel appearance for Avengers: Endgame, too. And with Captain Marvel set to release before the fourth Avengers instalment, where Lee will no doubt show up, there's absolutely no chance you'll be forgetting him any time soon. Like we could, anyway.

What do you think about this news? Have you found Stanley? What's been your favourite tribute so far? Are you looking forward to his upcoming cameos? Let us know.

Rest in peace, Stan Lee.

Featured Image Credit: Blizzard

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.

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