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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, a reissue of the four iconic and revolutionary video games collecting Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3, and the prequel Gears of War: Judgment. The series stares John DiMaggio as lead character Marcus Fenix, Fred Tatasciore as his teammate Damon Baird, Nan McNamara as Marcus's teammate and love interest Anya Stroud, Robin Atkin Downes as original Delta Squad leader Minh Young Kim, Dee Bradley Baker as the first game's main villain General RAAM, Nolan North as squadmate Jace Stratton, Dwight Schultz as the manipulative Chairman Prescott, Rick D. Wasserman as squadmate Michael Barrick, Ali Hillis as young squadmate Sofia Hendrick, Laura Baily as Alex Brand, and with Wally Win…

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    Today is the tenth anniversary of The 40-Year-Old Virgin. It was the first directoral effort by Judd Apatow and established star Steve Carell as a film star. The film features the talents of Jane Lynch as Andy's (Carell) manager Paula.

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    Jonathan Frakes Turns 63

    August 20, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the sixty-third birthday of Jonathan Frakes. He is most well known as William T. Riker in the Star Trek franchise, where he also directed many episodes of the various series and two of the films. Frakes is known to Marvel fans as the voice of High Evolutionary on The Super Hero Squad Show.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the fortieth birthday of Roger Craig Smith. He is known as the voices of Captain America on Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., and Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United; Captain Marvel on The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes; and Forge on Wolverine and the X-Men.

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    Will Friedle Turns 39

    August 12, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the thirty-ninth birthday of Will Friedle. Comic fans will best remember him as the voice of the teenage caped crusader in Batman Beyond while Marvel fans will know his as the voice of Deadpool and Star-Lord in Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., and Guardians of the Galaxy.

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    Wayne Knight Turns 60

    August 9, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the big sixtieth birthday for actor Wayne Knight. He has done many significant roles in well known features and series. He was a recurring character on the hit shows Seinfeld and 3rd Rock from the Sun while currently on The Exes. He was a major character in hits like Jurassic Park, Toy Story 2, and Basic Instinct. He is known to Marvel fans as the voice of Egghead on The Super Hero Squad Show.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'. It is the latest film based on the extremely popular anime franchise. Kyle Herbert returns to voice Son Gohan and the narrator.

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    Fantastic Four Released

    August 7, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Fantastic Four. It is the latest attempt to get Marvel's first family into film following a movie not intended to see the light of day and two mediocre films. Those looking for quality story, interesting characters, exciting action, and faithfulness to the comics have best look elsewhere. After months of bad press during the production, the film is getting ravaged by critics and fans who have seen it. In fact, it is shaping up to be one of the worst comic book movies ever made. It is based on characters created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby while Lee and Avi Arad serve as executive producers.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the seventieth anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, the first of only two nuclear weapons used in warfare. It was this day during World War II that the United States of America dropped the first nuclear device, called Little Boy, on the nation of Japan killing an estimated 72,000 to 148,000 people in an instant. The ethics of the bombing are still a controversial subject. Proponents have argued that given the fierceness of the Japanese forces many more would have had to die using standard invasion techniques, while opponents argue that it was a war crime. Either way, it's one of the final factors that eventually ended the war.

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  • ARTaylor

    20 Years of Babe

    August 5, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the twentieth anniversary of Babe. The beloved Academy Award winning film, and nominated for Best Picture, tells the story of a piglet who wins the hearts of his owners by becoming a sheepdog. The film features the talents of James Cromwell as farmer Arthur Hoggett, Roscoe Lee Browne as the narrator, and Neil Ross doing additional voices.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the fifty-sixth birthday of John C. McGinley. He was the voice of Richard Damien on Spider-Man: The New Animated Series.

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    Today is the thirty-fourth birthday of Travis Willingham. He is the voices of Hulk, Piledriver, Grey Hulk, Human Torch, Iron Fist, Skurge, Zeus, Hyperion, and Balder on The Super Hero Squad Show; additional voices on Iron Man: Rise of Technovore; Mastermind on Marvel Anime: X-Men; Ramon Zero in Marvel Anime: Iron Man; a Yakuza agent on Marvel Anime: Wolverine; and Thor in Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H..

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    Corey Burton Turns 60

    August 3, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the sixtieth birthday of Corey Burton. He is known as the voices of Lizard on Spider-Man (1981), John Grey on Wolverine and the X-Men, and Dracula and High Evolutionary on Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H..

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  • ARTaylor

    July 2015 Poll Results

    August 1, 2015 by ARTaylor

    August has come and the July poll results are in. Last month we asked who you thought the best actor to portray Captain America was.

    1. The winner by a narrow margin of 46.2% is Roger Craig Smith. He plays the character on Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.. With Avengers returning for a third season, he will be the longest running actor for the character.
    2. In a close second with 38.5% is Brian Bloom who played Captain America on The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. The beloved though short-lived series gave Bloom the chance to also play the evil Skrull impersonator of Steve.
    3. Distant third with 7.7% are Justin Gross and Tom Kenny. Gross was the character in Ultimate Avengers and its sequel. Kenny played him …
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  • ARTaylor

    Vacation Released

    July 31, 2015 by ARTaylor

    In the latest unnecessary rehash of a once-beloved and best-left-alone franchise, today is the release of Vacation. The film features the talents of Norman Reedus as a truck driver.

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  • ARTaylor

    This month marks the fiftieth anniversary of the debut of the Destroyer armor. It first appeared in Journey into Mystery #118 in July of 1965. Less a character and more a weapon, whoever has their consciousness transferred into the mighty armor becomes virtually invincible with enough power to defeat Thor. It was first introduced being possessed by Loki in an attack on the thunderer. Over the years it has been used by Loki several times, Thor, Odin, and others.


    The first time Destroyer appeared outside the comics was in The Mighty Thor segments of The Marvel Super Heroes. Since the series was basically motion comics, the armor's appearances were faithful adaptations of its early appearances.

    The armor made a small cameo appearance in Thor: Tales o…


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  • ARTaylor

    David Warner Turns 74

    July 30, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the seventy-fourth birthday of David Warner. He played Herbert Landon on Spider-Man and Arthur Dearborn on Iron Man.

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    Today is the twenty-eighth birthday of Genesis Rodriguez. She played Honey Lemon on Big Hero 6.

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    As incredible as it may seem, some comic book companies still release direct-to-video features based on their works. I know, crazy. Today is the release of Justice League: Gods and Monsters. In this latest feature, the Justice League are murderous alternate universe counterparts who are framed for killings they for once didn't commit. It features the talents of Dee Bradley Baker as Ray Palmer and Tin, Eric Bauza as Ryan Choi, Grey Griffin as Platinum, Josh Keaton as Orion, Yuri Lowenthal as Jor-El and Jimmy Olsen, and Kari Wahlgren as Livewire.

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  • ARTaylor

    75 Years of Bugs Bunny

    July 27, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the debut of one of the classic and iconic figures in animation: Bugs Bunny. The character first officially appeared in the short A Wild Hare premiering on this day in 1940, though an early prototype appeared in Porky's Hare Hunt released on April 30, 1938. In his long history, he has become one of the most recognizable icons in pop culture and even became the mascot for Warner Brothers Entertainment. Mel Blanc, who played Barney Rubble and Dino in the Flintstones segments of Fred and Barney Meet the Thing, was the original voice of the character for fifty years until his death in 1989. Billy West is one of seven men to take over the role having played Bugs in several works including the film Space Ja…

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  • ARTaylor

    Maya Rudolph Turns 43

    July 27, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the forty-third birthday of Maya Rudolph. She is known to Marvel fans as the voice of Aunt Cass in last year's animated hit Big Hero 6.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the thirtieth anniversary of the release of Pee-wee's Big Adventure. The film follows Pee-wee Herman as he crosses the country to get his bicycle back from his thieving neighbor. It was the first of three film featuring Paul Reubens' child-like character and launched the directoral career of Tim Burton. Elizabeth Daily played Dottie, Pee-wee's girlfriend.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of The Vatican Tapes. The film features the talents of Djimon Hounsou as Vicar Imani.

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    Pixels Released

    July 25, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Look, if you're the kind of person who cares about quality stories and movies that get good reviews, then you're going to steer away from whatever is the latest dreck from Adam Sandler and Kevin James. But if you're really a fan of the two then you couldn't care less what critics say and you're going to pay, one way or another, to see it regardless. To that end, today is the release of Pixels. The film features the talents of Matt Frewer returning to his 1980s iconic role Max Headroom.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the premiere of Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!. The third film in the terrible yet entertaining franchise features the talents of Ian Ziering as Finley Shepard and Lou Ferrigno as Secret Service Agent Banner (named after the alter-ego of his most famous role).

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the forty-sixth birthday of actor James Arnold Taylor. He is known as the voices of Bucky in Ultimate Avengers, Harry Osborn and Frederick Foswell among others in The Spectacular Spider-Man, Leader and Blastaar and others in Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., and Yondu and Cosmo on Guardians of the Galaxy.

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    Kari Wahlgren Turns 38

    July 13, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the thirty-eighth birthday of actress Kari Wahlgren. She is known to Marvel fans as the voice of Enchantress and Jane Foster on Hulk vs Thor and The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes; Emma Frost, Sybil Zane, Magma, Christy Nord, and computer voice on Wolverine and the X-Men; Maria Hill on Iron Man: Rise of Technovore and Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher; and Invisible Woman on Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H..

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  • ARTaylor

    Tom Kenny Turns 53

    July 13, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the fifty-third birthday of actor Tom Kenny. While most famous as the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, he is known to Marvel fans as the voices of Iron Man, Captain America, M.O.D.O.K., Juggernaut, Colossus, and Fandral on The Super Hero Squad Show and currently the voices of Doctor Octopus, Wizard, Vulture, Merlin, Aries, Curt Connors, and Impossible Man on Ultimate Spider-Man and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.

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    Phil Lord Turns 40

    July 12, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the fortieth birthday of Phil Lord. Known for his work with Christopher Miller, he is writing, producing, and possibly directing the upcoming film Spider-Man for Sony Pictures.

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    Today is the thirty-eighth birthday of Gwendoline Yeo. The Chinese-born actress is known to Marvel fans as the voice of Li Mei on Invincible Iron Man; Domino, Master Mold, Madeline Drake, and Mariko Yashida on Wolverine and the X-Men; Yui Sasaki on Marvel Anime: X-Men; and she reprised the role of Mariko on Marvel Anime: Wolverine.

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    Minions Released

    July 10, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Minions. The third film in the popular franchise features the voices of Lori Alan, Jess Harnell, and Tara Strong doing additional voices.

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    Today is the thirty-eighth birthday of actor Milo Ventimiglia. He is known as the voice of Wolverine on the Marvel Anime series Wolverine, Iron Man, and Blade while most recently playing Spider-Man Noir on Ultimate Spider-Man.

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  • ARTaylor

    Marvel Entertainment has announced the premiere date for Guardians of the Galaxy. Catch a sneak peak of the first episode titled "Road to Knowhere" on Saturday, September 5th at 9:00 PM ET on Disney XD. They will also show the ten two-minute shorts detailing the backstory of each of the main characters throughout August. The series will begin regular airings with an hour long premiere, the second titled "Knowhere to Run", on Saturday, September 26th, at 9:30 PM ET.

    The shorts will start on August 1st with the two Star-Lord pieces. Groot's two will air August 8th. August 15th will feature the Rocket Raccoon shorts. Drax gets his on August 22nd. Gamora finishes them off on August 29th.

    The announcement also revealed that the series would focus …

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  • ARTaylor

    In the United States of America, today is Independence Day. A day celebrating when the nation's founders declared their independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain by signing the Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson. Most cities and people celebrate with barbeque and a fireworks display, so enjoy the show.

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    Grab your case of Pepsi Free, get in your DeLorean, and get that Flux Capacitor fluxing. Today is the thirtieth anniversary of Back to the Future, the immortal classic about a boy who travels back in time thirty years to help his own parents get together. The film was an immediate classic and launched two sequels, an animated series, video games, musicals, and a theme park ride. The trilogy featured Thomas F. Wilson (Stan Carter of The Spectacular Spider-Man) as the bully and primary villain Biff Tannen while going on to play his own grandson Griff Tannen and grandfather Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Terminator Genisys. The fifth film in the iconic franchise features the talents of J. K. Simmons as Detective O'Brien and Courtney B. Vance as Miles Dyson.

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    Today is the release of Magic Mike XXL. The sequel to the hit 2012 film features the talents of Donald Glover as Andre.

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  • ARTaylor

    Another month has come and gone, and the June poll results are in. Last month we asked how people felt about the recent announcement that an animated Spider-Man film would be made by the directoral duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

    1. 61.5% of the voters were very excited. Last year the duo made the hugely successful The Lego Movie and have made hits like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (coincidentally featuring Spider-Man actor Neil Patrick Harris), 21 Jump Street, and its sequel 22 Jump Street. All of their movies have been successful while featuring plenty of humor and action, seemingly the perfect mix for the wallcrawler.
    2. 15.4% felt that the idea was good though not great, while the same amount worried about the number of Spider-Man films. In …
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    Brain Bloom Turns 45

    June 30, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the forty-fifth birthday of Brian Bloom. He most famously played Captain America on The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes and then went on to play Hyperion on Avengers Assemble and Punisher on Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher.

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    This month is the fiftieth anniversary of the debut of Mary Jane Watson. She first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #25, which was released in June of 1965, where her face was obscured by a flower. She continued to be mentioned throughout the comics as Aunt May constantly tried to set up Peter with her. She eventually made her first full appearance seventeen issues later in November of 1966.


    With her famous line "Face it, Tiger, you just hit the jackpot!" she became an instant hit with both Peter Parker and audiences. She became one of the most famous superhero love interests, rivaled only by Superman's Lois Lane. The two dated until he and her rival Gwen Stacy became more serious. In one of his most famous stories, failed to save Gwen from…


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    This month marks the fiftieth anniversary of the debut of Spencer Smythe. He first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #25 where he promised to destroy Spider-Man for J. Jonah Jameson with his series of Spider-Slayers. Following his initial defeat, he became obsessed with defeating the wallcrawler creating bigger and better robots. Eventually he discovered that the radioactive materials he used to power the Spider-Slayers were killing him. He then handcuffed Spider-Man and Jameson together with a bomb. However, he died before the bomb could go off and the hero escaped. Eventually his son Alistair became a thorn in the webslinger's side.

    Spencer first appeared in the 1967 series Spider-Man episode "Captured by J. Jonah Jameson" voiced by Henry R…

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  • ARTaylor

    Today would have been the eighty-fourth birthday of actor Ed Gilbert. Gilbert was the voice of Mandarin, Ultimo, and Grey Gargoyle on Iron Man as well as Dormammu and Philip Watson on Spider-Man. Unfortunately, he died in 1999 following a battle with lung cancer.

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    Today is the thirty-third birthday of actor Matthew Mercer. He was the voice of Iron Man on the anime features Iron Man: Rise of Technovore and its sequel Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher.

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    Drake Bell Turns 29

    June 27, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the twenty-ninth birthday of Drake Bell, the actor known as Spider-Man on Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H..

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    Ted 2 Released

    June 26, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Ted 2. The sequel features the talents of Michael Dorn as Rick with Tara Strong returning as the toy voice of the titular Ted.

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    Today is the release of Batman: Arkham Knight. The fourth, and supposedly final, video game in the well-received Arkham franchise features the Dark Knight battling his greatest foes as his enemies make it their mission to kill him. It features the voice talents of Matthew Mercer as Tim Drake/Robin, Scott Porter as Dick Grayson/Nightwing, Grey Griffin as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Tara Strong as Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn, Troy Baker as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, Jason Todd/Red Hood, and the Arkham Knight, Nolan North as Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin, Wally Wingert as Edward Nigma/Riddler, Crispin Freeman as Garfield Lynns/Firefly, Jean-Benoît Blanc as Edward Burke, David Boat as a cop, and Mark Hamill reprising his famed role as Joker one more time.

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    20 Years of Pocahontas

    June 23, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the twentieth anniversary of Pocahontas, the thirty-third animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios. The Academy Award winning film focuses on the real life Native American and her famous encounter with European settlers. It features the voices of Frank Welker as Pocahontas's pet hummingbird Flit as well as Jim Cummings as the singing voices of Powhatan, her father, and Kekata, the tribe's shaman.

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    Tim Russ Turns 59

    June 23, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the fifty-ninth birthday of actor Tim Russ. He was the voice of Prowler on Spider-Man.

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    This month marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of "The Best of Both Worlds", the third season finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The landmark episode helped establish the series on its own popularity, previously being criticized for just leeching off the success of the original series, while also becoming the modern basis of the idea of ending a season on a cliffhanger. The episode focuses on Jonathan Frakes's character, Commander Riker, as he deals with his promotion while fighting their enemy the Borg. The most memorable part came at the end when Riker ordered the destruction of his captain-turned-enemy. The regular cast included Brent Spiner as Data, LeVar Burton as Geordi La Forge, Michael Dorn as Worf, and Majel Barrett-Roddenber…

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    Father's Day 2015

    June 22, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is Father's Day, celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. There have, of course, been many fathers in the Marvel Universe, though not all of them have been seen in animation.

    • Richard Parker and Philip Watson both appeared in flashbacks on Spider-Man, while the show's fifth season dealt with Peter clearing the names of both parents. And there's always his relationship with his adopted father, his Uncle Ben.
    • The show also explored in depth the relationship between Harry Osborn and his father Norman.
    • The Venom Symbiote is technically the father of the Carnage Symbiote.
    • Felicia Hardy's father John Hardesky appeared briefly on Spider-Man.
    • One episode of X-Men saw Rogue being turned away from her father for …
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