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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Ratchet & Clank. The film is an adaptation of the popular video game series. It features the voice talents of James Arnold Taylor as Ratchet, David Kaye as Clank, Jim Ward as Captain Qwark, and Vincent Tong as Brax.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today marks the four-hundredth anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, who died on this day in 1616 at the age of fifty-two. The famed English poet is considered the greatest writer in English language history and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. His works have been adapted numerous times and referenced many more.

    • Beast quoted the Bard of Avon's works The Merchant of Venice in "Enter Magneto" and Romeo and Juliet in "Death Do Us Part, Part One".
    • Doctor Octopus quoted Romeo and Juliet in "Doctor Octopus: Armed and Dangerous".
    • Mary Jane Watson participated in a Shakespeare Festival in "Day of the Chameleon".
    • In "Flash Memory", Mary Jane Watson was impressed by Flash Thompson's interpretation of Shakespeare when he had increased intelligence…
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  • ARTaylor

    Earth Day 2016

    April 22, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is Earth Day, a day where events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection.


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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of The Huntsman: Winter's War. The sequel to the 2012 film follows the title hero as he gets caught in the middle of a war between sisters. The movie features the talents of Fred Tatasciore taking over the voice of Mirror Man.

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  • ARTaylor

    George Takei Turns 79

    April 20, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is the seventy-ninth birthday of George Takei. Primarily known for his work as Hikaru Sulu in the Star Trek franchise, he voiced Wong on Spider-Man, Galactus on The Super Hero Squad Show, and the elder monk on Ultimate Spider-Man.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of The Jungle Book. The latest film by The Walt Disney Company is the most recent adaptation, including one by Marvel Comics, of the famous Rudyard Kipling novel and a remake of the Walt Disney Animation Studios classic. The feature follows Mowgli as he journeys through the Indian jungle, meeting anthropomorphic animals, and learning valuable lessons all the while being hunted by a vengeful tiger. It features the talents of Dee Bradley Baker doing various animal voices.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Barbershop: The Next Cut. This is the fourth film in the series and a direct sequel to the second film. The story follows Calvin and the others as they attempt to stop trigger-happy gang members in the neighborhood. The film features the talents of Eve Jihan Jeffers returning to the role of Terri Jones.

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  • ARTaylor

    Ron Perlman Turns 66

    April 14, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is the sixty-sixth birthday of actor Ron Perlman. He is known for many iconic roles including Walt Disney Animation Studios' Tangled, Sons of Anarchy, and Pacific Rim. Comic book fans will remember him as Hellboy in the film franchise as well as DC Comics roles including Deathstroke, Clayface, Bane, and Killer Croc. Marvel fans will know him as Reinhardt on Blade II as well as Wizard, Bruce Banner, and the incredible Hulk on Fantastic Four and Iron Man.

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  • ARTaylor

    RIP Don Francks

    April 4, 2016 by ARTaylor

    The world lost another great acting talent yesterday. Don Francks passed away at the age of eighty-four following a battle with lung cancer. Marvel fans will remember Francks as the voice of Sabretooth, Puck, and Shaman on X-Men as well as the voice of Kalek on Silver Surfer. He is also known for roles in Mission: Impossible, Mannix, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and the first person to play Boba Fett in The Star Wars Holiday Special as well as his jazz music. He is survived by his wife Lili and his children Cree Summer, Rainbow, Trane, and Tyler.


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  • ARTaylor

    Clark Gregg Turns 54

    April 2, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is the fifty-fourth birthday of Clark Gregg. Known for playing the role of Agent Phil Coulson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he reprised the role on Ultimate Spider-Man.

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  • ARTaylor

    April is here so that means the the March poll results are in. Last month we asked which series you would like to see Netflix revive if they were to.

    1. First place was a tight race but it came down to a tie with 42%: Wolverine and the X-Men and The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Wolverine and the X-Men was the shortest-lived series of the choice having only one season. The last episode ended with a tease of the Age of Apocalypse but financial problems, and a rumored dispute between Marvel and Fox over the film rights, kept it from continuing. The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes was beloved by fans but cancelled to make way for the less-popular Avengers Assemble. The second season teased the looming threat of Surtur, but ended with the defeat …
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  • ARTaylor

    X-Men '92 Begins

    March 30, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is the first day for the ongoing comic book series X-Men '92. It is the first in the ongoing series, following a short stint as part of last year's Secret Wars. In the issue, the X-Men reopen the Xavier School for Gifted Children but encounter Omega Red and the Soviet Super Soldiers.

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  • ARTaylor

    15 Years of Spy Kids

    March 30, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the release of Spy Kids. The film follows two siblings who discover that their parents are actually spies and must join them to save the world. The film features the talents of Danny Trejo in his first turn as the heroic Uncle Machete and Dick Clark as a financier.

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  • ARTaylor

    Easter 2016

    March 27, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is Easter Sunday, the holiest day in the Christian faith. It is the observation of the day that Jesus, the son of God, rose from his tomb having been crucified on the cross three days before for the sins of mankind.

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  • ARTaylor

    Good Friday 2016

    March 26, 2016 by ARTaylor

    In the Christian faith, today is Good Friday. It is the observed day when Jesus, the son of God, was crucified on the cross for the sins of humanity only to rise from the dead three days later.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Following up on the highly divisive 2013 film, the movie features the two iconic superheroes battling it out because of the over-the-top destruction in Man of Steel. It is intended to launch their own cinematic universe, because they are trying desperately to play catch-up to Marvel Studios. The movie features motion capture and voice talents by Robin Atkin Downes as Doomsday.

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  • ARTaylor

    Will an Avenger Die?

    March 19, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Comic Book Resources spoke to Steve Wacker, vice president of animation at Marvel Entertainment, about the third season of Avengers Assemble. He teased that one member of Earth's mightiest may not survive the season. The season, retitled Avengers: Ultron Revolution, features the Inhumans, World War Hulk, Ultron of course, Civil War, and the addition of characters like Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and Ms. Marvel.

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  • ARTaylor

    15 Years of Memento

    March 17, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today marks the fifteenth anniversary of the release of Memento. The landmark film, told in reverse, explores the life of a man who constantly loses his memory while trying to avenge the death of his wife. The movie features the talents of Carrie-Anne Moss as Natalie, a bartender who manipulates the protagonist.

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  • ARTaylor

    Alan Tudyk Turns 45

    March 17, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is the forty-fifth birthday of actor Alan Tudyk. He is known to Marvel fans as the voice of the red herring "villain" Alistair Krei on Big Hero 6. Most fans would know him as Wash on Firefly and Serenity as well as his other Disney works Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, and Zootopia.

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  • ARTaylor

    FitzSimmons Interview

    March 11, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Marvel Entertainment spoke to Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecker about their upcoming appearance on Ultimate Spider-Man, reprising their role from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. The duo makes their animated debut on Disney XD this Sunday at 9:00 AM ET.

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  • ARTaylor

    Zootopia Released

    March 4, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Zootopia, the fifty-fourth feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Set in a world where animals inhabit the world like humans do, the story follows a rabbit police officer who stumbles across a conspiracy threatening the city. The film is the second to use Hyperion, a software developed for Disney's previous film Big Hero 6, to create realistic lighting. It features the talents of J. K. Simmons as Mayor Leodore Lionheart, Alan Tudyk as small-time crook Duke Weaselton, Maurice LaMarche as crime boss Mr. Big, John DiMaggio as ice cream parlor owner Jerry Jumbeaux Jr., and Kath Soucie as the young version of main character Nicholas P. Wilde.

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  • ARTaylor

    Remember in 2014 when the world gave us Big Hero 6, the first superhero film to win an Academy Award? Well true believers, we're getting more of San Fransokyo's favorite superhero team. A Big Hero 6 animated series is coming to Disney XD. It will follow the events of the film as Hiro attends the Institute of Technology facing academic challenges while the team protects the city from scientifically enhanced villains. Currently set for a 2017 release, Kim Possible alums Mark McCorkle, Bob Schooley, and Nick Filippi will create the series.

    President and Chief Creative Officer of Disney Channels Worldwide Gary Marsh said "Our colleagues at Walt Disney Animation Studios have created a brilliant new world, inspired by Marvel, with vivid, unique charac…

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  • ARTaylor

    March is here which can only mean that the February poll results are in. Last month we asked visitors which decade they felt Marvel's animation most shined in.

    1. It was a landslide victory with 50% for the 1990s. That was an amazing decade for superhero animation. DC Comics had landmark series like Batman, Superman, and Batman Beyond. Marvel had their own acclaimed series with X-Men and Spider-Man, which still remain their longest two running animated series with five seasons each and are still considered among Marvel's best efforts. Fantastic Four and Iron Man were both criticized for their first seasons but saw significant improvements in their second. Conversely, The Incredible Hulk was praised for its first season but criticized its second. Silver Sur…
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  • ARTaylor

    Lacey Chabert is Expecting

    February 29, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Lacey Chabert, the voice actress known as Gwen Stacy on The Spectacular Spider-Man and Quake on The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, is pregnant with her first child. The thirty-three year-old actress revealed on her Twitter account that she and her husband Dave Nehdar are expecting.

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  • ARTaylor

    Triple 9 Released

    February 26, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Triple 9. It is about a group of criminals who are blackmailed into performing an extremely challenging heist. The film features the talents of Norman Reedus as Russell Welch.

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  • ARTaylor

    Anyone familiar with Marvel's television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. knows the scientific duo Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons. The two actors, Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge, are joining their co-star Clark Gregg to reprise their roles on Ultimate Spider-Man. In the episode, Spider-Man and the other S.H.I.E.L.D. recruits take a class taught by Fitz and Simmons. The episode airs Sunday, March 13th at 9:00 am ET on Disney XD.

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  • ARTaylor

    Actor Jonathan Frakes is set to return to Marvel animation by voicing J'Son on Guardians of the Galaxy. J'Son is Star-Lord's father and ruler of Spartax. Despite their relationship, the two are often enemies. Frakes, known for his role as ladies-man William Riker in the Star Trek franchise, previously voiced High Evolutionary on The Super Hero Squad Show.

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  • ARTaylor

    Writers Talk X-Men '92

    February 25, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Newsarama interviewed X-Men '92 writers Chad Bowers and Chris Sims about the series. The two talked to the site about maintaining continuity with the series X-Men and expanding with characters and situations the show never got to.

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  • ARTaylor

    Presidents Day 2016

    February 15, 2016 by ARTaylor

    In the United States of America, today is Presidents Day, celebrating the forty-three individual Presidents of the country.

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    Valentine's Day 2016

    February 14, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is Valentine's Day, a day to show that special someone just how much you love them. There's plenty of couples in the Marvel Universe. "Till Death Do Us Part, Part One" and "The End of Time" both showed the marriage between Scott Summers and Jean Grey. "The Wedding of Iron Man" had Tony Stark marry Julia Carpenter. "The Wedding" is the famed union of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson. Fantastic Four explored the relationship between Reed and Susan Richards. Ultimate Avengers II showed the somewhat darker side of marriage between Hank and Janet Pym. Of course you can always watch Planet Hulk for the growing love of Hulk and Caiera.

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  • ARTaylor

    Tara Strong Turns 43

    February 13, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is the forty-third birthday of actress Tara Strong. Any and every animation fans knows her, even if they don't know the name. She's been in hundreds of works across films, video games, and animated series. Her delightful personality and openness to talk with fans have made her a fan favorite. Marvel fans would most know her as Illyana Rasputin and Paige Guthrie on X-Men, psychotic stalker Christina on Spider-Man: The New Animated Series, April Strange on Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme, Marrow and X-23 on Wolverine and the X-Men, Invisible Woman and Scarlet Witch on The Super Hero Squad Show, Sif on Thor: Tales of Asgard, Mary Jane Watson on Ultimate Spider-Man, and Nova Prime on Guardians of the Galaxy.

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  • ARTaylor

    Deadpool Film Released

    February 12, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Deadpool. The latest film from 20th Century Fox, this is the first solo film for the character after his disastrous appearance in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. This movie redoes Wade Wilson's origin and follows him as he seeks revenge on those who kidnapped his girlfriend. The film features the talents of T. J. Miller as Deadpool's sidekick Weasel as well as Stan Lee in another famous cameo as a strip club disc jockey.

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  • ARTaylor

    Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has come to a close and Phase Three is gearing up with Captain America: Civil War. So it seemed a good a time as any to rank the many films and television series that currently comprise Earth-199999, all twelve films and four series. I decided to forgo the One-Shots because only two are worth watching and of those one was contradicted by the series it inspired.

    16 - Iron Man 2: Let's start with the easy one. This one is a mess that was an early embodiment of all that can, has, and will go wrong with the universe. It wants to do so much and has so much promise. Unfortunately, it has become just another example of studio interference ruining artistic vision. And honestly, when has that ever worked out?…
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    RIP Daniel Gerson

    February 8, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Writer and actor Daniel Gerson has passed away. He was known for working with Walt Disney Animation Studios films Chicken Little and Meet the Robinsons as well as Pixar films Monsters, Inc., Cars, Up, Monsters University, and Inside Out. Marvel fans would know him as the screenwriter of Big Hero 6 as well as the actor who played the annoyed desk sergeant who Hiro and Baymax go to. Gerson died of brain cancer at the age of forty-nine in his home in Los Angeles.


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  • ARTaylor

    Miguel Ferrer Turns 61

    February 7, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is the sixty-first birthday of The Spectacular Spider-Man actor Miguel Ferrer. Marvel fans will recognize Ferrer as the voice of Silvermane and the treacherous Vice-President of Iron Man 3 while others will probably remember for his roles in RoboCop, Twin Peaks, Mulan, Young Justice, and NCIS: Los Angeles.

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    Hail, Caesar! Released

    February 5, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Hail, Caesar!. The film follows a Hollywood fixer in the 1950s as he tries to maintain the image of various movies being made. It features the talents of Wayne Knight as an extra and Clancy Brown as an actor.

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  • ARTaylor

    Batman: Bad Blood Released

    February 3, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is the physical release of Batman: Bad Blood. The third direct-to-video feature in the series following the Dark Knight and his son, this one follows the caped crusader's allies after he disappears. The film features the talents of Steven Blum as Firefly and Black Mask, John DiMaggio as Blockbuster and Tusk, Robin Atkin Downes as Mad Hatter and Electrocutioner, Vanessa Marshall as Renee Montoya, Matthew Mercer as Hellhound and Chuckie Soi, Kari Wahlgren as Kori and Ms. Bannister, and Travis Willingham as Heretic.

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  • ARTaylor

    Brent Spiner Turns 67

    February 3, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is the sixty-seventh birthday of Brent Spiner. The actor is primarily known for his works in the Star Trek franchise as the android Data and various members of his "family." He is known to Marvel fans as Purple Man on The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes and Silver Surfer on Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H..

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  • ARTaylor

    January 2016 Poll Results

    February 1, 2016 by ARTaylor

    February is here and the January poll results are in. Last month we asked which Marvel location you would like to visit. While almost every choice got a vote, there was one clear winner.


    1. Coming in first with 40% of the votes was Asgard, the realm eternal and home of mighty Thor. Home of the gods and ruled by Odin, it is considered the most beautiful of the nine realms. Though there is the occasional attack by frost giants. Asgard has been a major part of Thor's appearances, having been the setting to Hulk vs Thor and Thor: Tales of Asgard while a recurring location for The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
    2. A tie for second place with 15% were Atlantis and Wakanda. One is ruled by Namor while the other by T'Challa. Both are generally peaceful th…

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  • ARTaylor

    Kung Fu Panda 3 Released

    January 29, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Kung Fu Panda 3. It is the third film in the much beloved animated series that follows an unlikely martial arts master. In this movie, Po reunites with his lost family and teaches his fellow pandas to fight against a fighter who uses the spirits of kung fu masters. The film features the addition of J. K. Simmons as the villain Kai, Wayne Knight as Big Fun/Hom-Lee, and Fred Tatasciore as Master Bear.

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  • ARTaylor

    The Finest Hours Released

    January 29, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of The Finest Hours. Based on a dramatic real story, a group of U.S. Coast Guards struggle to save the lives of the crews of two ships that have been destroyed by a nor'easter in 1952. The film by The Walt Disney Company features the talents of Graham McTavish as Frank Fauteux who is captain of one of the lost ships.

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  • ARTaylor

    James Cromwell Turns 76

    January 28, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is the seventy-sixth birthday of James Cromwell. The Oscar nominated actor is known for many films including Farmer Hoggett in Babe, Zefram Cochrane in Star Trek: First Contact, Warden Moores in The Green Mile, and President George H. W. Bush in W. He is known to Marvel fans as Captain Stacy in Spider-Man 3 and Yokai in Big Hero 6.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the fifty-fifth anniversary of the premiere of the classic animated feature One Hundred and One Dalmatians. The seventeenth film from Walt Disney Animation Studios, it follows two canines who embark on a rescue mission to get their children, and many others, back from the dreaded Cruella De Vil. The film features the talents of Paul Frees as Dirty Dawson, the villain of the television serial that the dalmatians watch.

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  • ARTaylor

    Marvel Animation revealed the dates for Ultimate Spider-Man's fourth season and Avengers Assemble's third season. Spider-Man, which will be renamed this season to Ultimate Spider-Man Vs. The Sinister Six, will air with a one-hour special on Sunday, February 21st at 9:00 AM ET. Avengers, which will be renamed to Avengers: Ultron Revolution, airs on Sunday, March 13th at 8:30 AM ET.

    In Spider-Man, Peter finds that his greatest enemies have banded together to stop him. He must team up with new heroes including Miles Morales, Agent Venom, Iron Spider, and Scarlet Spider. In Avengers, Earth's mightiest face the return of Ultron and face an upcoming Civil War while facing new threats like Baron Zemo, the Masters of Evil, the Inhumans, and Kang the Conque…

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  • ARTaylor

    Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the premiere of Batman. The classic series, best remembered for its camp style and upbeat music, help revive interest in the failing sales of the superhero. It was the first live action superhero media to become ingrained in the public consciousness paving the way for series and movies to come. The series featured Adam West in his most iconic role as Batman himself, Gary Owens as a radio announcer, and Dick Clark as a citizen.

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  • ARTaylor

    Norman Reedus Turns 47

    January 7, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is the forty-seventh birthday of Norman Reedus. Rising to fame as Murphy McManus in The Boondock Saints, he is now best remembered as arrow-shooting zombie killer in The Walking Dead. He is known to Marvel fans as Punisher on Iron Man: Rise of Technovore.

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  • ARTaylor

    With the new year also comes the closure of another month's poll. Last month we asked what people thought of the new Guardians of the Galaxy series.

    1. 50% of the voters gave the series an 8 rating. This is good though not great for the new series. It has gotten decent reviews though several criticisms have kept it from being something special.
    2. 20% gave it a 9 rating. Following in the wake of the highly successful film, the show has expanded on the characters and gone further into their histories.
    3. Just 10% gave it a rating of 7, 6, and 1. This gives the series a good though not great rating overall. From the same producers as Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers Assemble, the show has many of the same criticisms such as the childish humor and poor charac…
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  • ARTaylor

    New Year's Eve 2015

    December 31, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is New Year's Eve, that time of the year when we look back at the past year and celebrate a new one arriving. Remember to watch the Times Square Ball dropping and give a kiss to that special someone when the clock strikes midnight.

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    Eliza Dushku Turns 35

    December 31, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the thirty-fifth birthday of Eliza Dushku. The actress is known for numerous live-action roles such as in True Lies, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Angel. She is known to Marvel fans as the voice of She-Hulk on Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. and Ultimate Spider-Man.

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  • ARTaylor

    A Look Back at 2015

    December 30, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Well my fellow true believers, the year is coming to a close and another is just around the corner. It's that time when we look back over what happened over the last twelve months as we move forward.

    The biggest Marvel animated news this year was the huge success of Big Hero 6. The film may have come out in 2014, but it was 2015 that was most kind to it. Most notably, it became the first superhero film to win an Academy Award, for Best Animated Feature. It became the highest grossing film for Walt Disney Animation Studios after the previous year's Frozen and the highest grossing animated feature released in 2014.

    Ultimate Spider-Man continued with its third season with a multi-universe crossover that tied in with the Marvel Comics series Spider-V…

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