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  • ARTaylor

    Mother's Day 2015

    May 10, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is Mother's Day, honoring one's own mother, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. There have, of course, been many mothers in the Marvel Universe, though not all of them have been seen in animation.

    • Mary Parker and Madeline 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 mother, his Aunt May.
    • Felicia Hardy's mother Anastasia was a recurring character on Spider-Man.
    • Several episodes of X-Men dealt with Mystique and her relationships to her biological children Nightcrawler and Graydon Creed Jr. as well as adopted daughter Rogue.
    • Julia Carpenter's daughter Rachel was …
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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the seventieth anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. It is the day that representatives from the United States of America, United Kingdom, France, Soviet Union, France, and Germany agreed to the unconditional surrender of Nazi forces to the Allied powers. This meant the official end of World War II in Europe though the battle in the Pacific would still rage on against Japan.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the seventy-fifth birthday for actor Lance Henriksen. He is a beloved actor known for appearances in many popular franchises including The Terminator, Aliens, Pumpkinhead, and Mass Effect. Henriksen is known for Marvel fans as the voice of Grim Reaper in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

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  • ARTaylor

    Another month has come and another has gone. The April poll results are in. We asked how you choose to view an episode for the first time.

    1. It was a three-way tie with 27.3%. People choose to view episodes equally between when it first airs on television, watching through a streaming subscription service, and downloading illegally through file sharing.
    2. In second place with 18.2% was watching a rerun on telelvision.
    3. Apparently no one bothers to buy or rent it on DVD or purchase it through an online downloadable source.

    Check out this month's poll to vote for which alternate universe you would like to see a series or feature set entirely in: 1602, 2099, Earth X, House of M, MC2, Noir, or Zombies.

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  • ARTaylor

    In the greatest event ever to occur or will ever occur in theatrical films, at least until the next Marvel movie, today is the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron by Marvel Entertainment and The Walt Disney Company. In the eleventh installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Tony Stark and Bruce Banner create a machine to help save the world that ultimately tries to destroy the Avengers along with the rest of humanity. The film features the talents of Stan Lee doing the latest of his famous cameos as himself.

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  • ARTaylor

    226 Years of Presidents

    April 30, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the two-hundred twenty-sixth anniversary of the first President of the United States of America. On this day in 1789, George Washington was sworn in as the first of currently forty-four men to hold the illustrious position.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the seventieth anniversary of the death of Nazi Germany leader Adolf Hitler. On this date, with the German army facing defeat Hitler killed himself with a shot to the head while his wife took a cyanide capsule. Soon after, the forces of Nazi Germany surrendered ending World War II in Europe.

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  • ARTaylor

    Spider-Man Movie Coming

    April 23, 2015 by ARTaylor

    It looks like we haven't seen the last of theatrically released animated features from Marvel. And it's not just the rumored Big Hero 6 sequel.

    Fresh out of CinemaCon, news broke that Sony officially will be making the Spider-Man animated feature that was rumored about last December. The film will be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller who are known for their work on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (featuring previous Spider-Man actor Neil Patrick Harris), 21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie, and 22 Jump Street.

    The film is currently slated for a release on July 20th, 2018.

    Here is the official press release:

    On July 20, 2018, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller the directors of The Lego Movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and 21 and 22 Jump Str…
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  • ARTaylor

    Stan Lee, the Great and Powerful, spoke to The Toronto Sun about upcoming movies from Marvel. At one point he had this to say:

    "After Ant-Man, we're going to start playing around with Doctor Strange, the Black Panther, the Inhumans, and then we have to come back for Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Big Hero 6, The Avengers, Captain America."

    Catch that? All but one of those franchises currently has a movie in production. But did Lee let is slip that Big Hero 6 is getting a sequel? It should be noted that, for the most part, Lee's role as Executive Producer is largely honorary and he has little to do with the films outside his cameos. However, in 2013 he mentioned the production of the Black Panther film before it was officially announced. Directors of …

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  • ARTaylor

    George Takei Turns 78

    April 20, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the seventy-eighth 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 an elder monk on Ultimate Spider-Man.

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  • ARTaylor

    Adolf Hitler Turns 126

    April 20, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the one-hundred twenty-sixth birthday of the most infamous of historical figures Adolf Hitler. "Uncle Adolf" was the leader of the Nazi party, ruler of Germany, and instigator of World War II. He eventually committed suicide shortly before the defeat of Nazis and surrender of Germany.

    In the comics, Captain America was introduced by punching Hitler in the face. Human Torch killed him but was cloned. Wolverine mentioned him in the X-Men episode "Old Soldiers" and Captain America alluded to his suicide in Ultimate Avengers.

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  • ARTaylor

    Writer and artist Ty Templeton has suffered a heart attack and been hospitalized. His wife reported the news yesterday on his Facebook page. Templeton worked on the comic book tie-ins of both The Avengers: United They Stand and Ultimate Spider-Man.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the premiere of In Living Color. The sketch comedy show was fairly unconventional at the time as it featured a primarily black cast presenting humor from the ghetto in a time when black comedy was more upscale because of shows like The Cosby Show. The series featured an appearance by Peter Cullen.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the one-hundred fiftieth anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln. Shot by John Wilkes Booth in Ford's Theatre the night before, he passed away early in the morning becoming the first acting president to be killed. Following his untimely demise, Lincoln has become one of the most beloved and respected figures in American history, eventually being immortalized on currency and Mount Rushmore.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today would have been the ninety-third birthday of actor Michael Ansara, who played Hiawatha Smith on Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. Ansara died on July 31, 2013 following a prolonged illness.

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  • ARTaylor

    RIP Herb Trimpe

    April 15, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Herb Trimpe, the artist who first drew Wolverine in the pages of The Incredible Hulk, has passed away. He was seventy-five years old. Primarily an artist, and sometimes a writer, Trimpe worked on many titles including The Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers, Iron Man, Captain America, X-Men, Ghost Rider, Guardians of the Galaxy, Silver Surfer, among many others.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Batman vs. Robin. The sequel to the last year's Son of Batman, the film features the talents of Troy Baker as an owl lieutenant, Robin Atkin Downes as Grandmaster, and Grey Griffin as Samantha.

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  • ARTaylor

    Ron Perlman Turns 65

    April 14, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the sixty-fifth birthday of actor Ron Perlman. He played Wizard, Bruce Banner, and Hulk on Fantastic Four and Iron Man.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the thirty-sixth birthday of Jennifer Morrison. Morrison is known as the voice of Wasp on The Super Hero Squad Show.

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  • ARTaylor

    In the United States, today is National Siblings Day. It is a day to honor the relationship between brothers and sisters. In the Marvel Universe, there are several siblings. There are the biological siblings such as Invisible Woman and Human Torch, Cyclops and Havok, Northstar and Aurora, Bishop and Shard, Colossus and Magik, the Stepford Cuckoos, Sif and Heimdall, Thor and Balder, Wolverine and Sabretooth (possibly), Wonder Man and Grim Reaper, Cannonball and Husk, Medusa and Crystal, as well as Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and Polaris. Then there's adopted siblings such as Rogue and half-brothers Nightcrawler and Graydon Creed as well as Thor and Loki. The series X-Men changed cousins Banshee and Black Tom Cassidy into brothers while the f…

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  • ARTaylor

    In their latest step in global domination, today is the release of Daredevil from Marvel Entertainment and The Walt Disney Company. The series follows Hell's Kitchen's favorite superhero. It is currently only available on Netflix Instant streaming.

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  • ARTaylor

    25 Years of Twin Peaks

    April 9, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the premiere for Twin Peaks. The popular series was a massive critical success. It featured the talents of Miguel Ferrer as FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield, David Warner as Thomas Eckhardt, and Tony Jay as Dougie Milford.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the thirty-fifth birthday of Katee Sackhoff. She was the voice of She-Hulk on The Super Hero Squad Show.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the twentieth anniversary of A Goofy Movie. The movie features the talents of Jason Marsden as Max Goof, Jim Cummings as Peter Pete, Rob Paulsen as P. J. Pete, Frank Welker as Bigfoot, as well as Corey Burton and Elizabeth Daily doing additional voices.

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  • ARTaylor

    A couple of months ago I wrote a blog called Whatever Happened to Marvel Animation?. Since then I've thought a lot about what could be done to fix it. What would need to happen in order to return to the seriousness of the 1990s and 2000s? What could happen?

    What I've come to realize is that this is no easy fix. There is no one answer.

    Both Stephen Wacker, vice president of animation at Marvel, and Ryan Penagos, Marvel's executive editorial director, have said on Twitter and Tumblr that they love where Marvel Animation is at. They and the others at Marvel seem to believe that this is the best possible thing Marvel Animation could be at, and basically dismiss all criticisms against it. Honestly, it's kind of sad to see people at Marvel dismiss th…

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  • ARTaylor

    Easter 2015

    April 5, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is Easter Sunday. It is 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

    Furious 7 Released

    April 3, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Furious 7. The latest film in the popular franchise features Djimon Hounsou as Jakande.

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  • ARTaylor

    Good Friday 2015

    April 3, 2015 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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    Clark Gregg Turns 53

    April 3, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the fifty-third birthday of Clark Gregg. Gregg plays S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson on Ultimate Spider-Man, a role he reprises from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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  • ARTaylor

    April is here and the March poll results are in. We asked what was the best good guy gone bad moment.

    1. First place was a tie between two moments, each with 28.6% of the votes. One was when Iron Man attacked and defeated War Machine during the Iron Man episode "The Armor Wars, Part Two" while the other was when the Phoenix-possessed Jean Grey attacked the X-Men during the X-Men episode "The Dark Phoenix". Both are based on beloved stories from the comics, though only the mutant-based betrayal is directly lifted from the pages.
    2. In second place with 14.3% of the votes was the recent film Big Hero 6 when main character Hiro Hamada took out Baymax's nursing protocols and ordered him to kill the villain Yokai. The scene from the Academy Award winning fi…
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  • ARTaylor

    Ian Ziering Turns 51

    March 31, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the fifty-first birthday of Ian Ziering. He was the voice of Harry Osborn on Spider-Man: The New Animated Series.

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  • ARTaylor

    In the United States, today is National Doctor's Day. It is a day on which the service of physicians to the nation. While there have been many individuals called doctor in the Marvel Universe, there have been only a handful of physicians. The most well known is Doctor Donald Blake, the alter ego of the Asgardian Thor.

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  • ARTaylor

    Home Released

    March 27, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Home. The film features the talents of Jim Parsons as Oh.

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  • ARTaylor

    Spider-Verse Interview

    March 27, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Marvel Entertainment spoke to Vice President of Marvel Animation Steve Wilcox and Ultimate Spider-Man supervising producer Harrison Wilcox about the show's third season story arc Spider-Verse.

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  • ARTaylor

    D. C. Fontana Turns 76

    March 25, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the seventy-sixth birthday of Dorothy Catherine Fontana. Largely known for her work in the Star Trek franchise, she also wrote the Silver Surfer episode "The Forever War".

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  • ARTaylor

    10 Years of The Office

    March 25, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the tenth anniversary of the premiere of The Office. Based on the British series of the same name, it eventually surpassed its inspiration for a total of nine seasons, becoming a ratings giant, and winning numerous awards. The series featured Scott Adsit as a photographer and Jennifer Hale as Donna Muraski.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the release of Pretty Woman. The hugely successful film is one of the most popular romantic comedies ever made. It features the talents of Hank Azaria as a detective.

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    25 Years of Cable

    March 22, 2015 by ARTaylor

    This month marks the mutant Cable. Though appearing four years earlier as an infant, the grown up Cable appeared in a cameo in New Mutants #86 and made a full appearance in New Mutants #87. Initially he was going after the terrorist organization known as the Mutant Liberation Front. He took command of the New Mutants before it was discovered that he was the child of Scott Summers and Madeline Pryor, the clone of Jean Grey, who had been taken to the future to be raised. Eventually, time travel became very common for him as he traveled between the future and present to fight the ancient villain Apocalypse.


    Cable has made only one appearance in television or film, and that is in the X-Men animated series voiced by Lawrence Bayne. In his first appea…


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  • ARTaylor

    This month marks the fiftieth anniversary of the debut of Absorbing Man. Carl Creel first appeared in Journey into Mystery #114. Given an Asgardian potion by Loki, the boxer and criminal known as Crusher Creel found he could take on the properties of anything he touched and crossed paths with the mighty Thor.


    Being one of the earliest villains, Creel first appeared in The Marvel Super Heroes, voiced by an uncredited actor.

    He next appeared on The Incredible Hulk, voiced by Jim Cummings. This version features him as the criminal enforcer for Miss Allure before crossing Mr. Fixit and She-Hulk.

    Next, he appeared in The Avengers: United They Stand, voiced by Oliver Becker. This time he was a member of the Masters of Evil.

    He had a recurring role on The …


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  • ARTaylor

    50 Years of Medusa

    March 22, 2015 by ARTaylor

    This month marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Inhuman Medusa. She first appeared in Fantastic Four #36. Originally a member of the Frightful Four, she was eventually revealed to be the wife of Black Bolt and queen of Attilan.


    Medusa first appeared outside the comics in the 1978 animated series Fantastic Four, voiced by an uncredited actress. This version featured her as a villain who tried to take over the world even before joining the Frightful Four.

    She next appeared as purely a hero in the 1981 Spider-Man series, voiced by B. J. Ward. This version had her become a love interest for Spider-Man. In the companion series Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, Mona Osborn dressed like the heroine for Halloween.

    Her most significant appearance came in …


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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of The Divergent Series: Insurgent. The second of four planned films features the talents of Ray Stevenson returning to his role as Marcus Eaton.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is Saint Patrick's Day, a cultural and religious celebration held on this day, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Marvel Comics most prominent Irish hero is the mutant and occasional X-Man Banshee as well as his cousin and rival Black Tom Cassidy. Both most prominently appeared as brothers in the X-Men episode "Cry of the Banshee". In the comics, Banshee has a daughter named Siryn who has yet to appear in animation.

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  • ARTaylor

    This week, Big Hero 6 crossed the $600 million mark worldwide. This makes the movie the top animated film of 2014.


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  • ARTaylor

    Cinderella Released

    March 13, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Cinderella by The Walt Disney Company. While not a direct remake, it takes many inspirations from the 1950 animated film that was the twelfth from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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    Run All Night Released

    March 13, 2015 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Run All Night. The film features Genesis Rodriguez as Gabriela Conlon.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of The Wrecking Crew. A documentary covering the Los Angeles-based group of session musicians, it features appearances by Dick Clark and Adam West.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the thirty-eighth anniversary of the release of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. The movie, actually three previously released featurettes combined with new footage, is the twenty-second from Walt Disney Animation Studios. It started a large franchise that included several sequels, television series, and theme park attractions.

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  • ARTaylor

    Just because you are enjoying the Academy Award winning film Big Hero 6 in your home does not mean the it is no longer in theaters. In fact, just this weekend the film crossed the $600 million mark. It is the twelfth film from 2014 to do so.


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  • ARTaylor

    Today is International Women's Day. Started in 1909, the celebrations for the day ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation, and love towards women to a celebration for women's economic, political, and social achievements.

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    January is upon us and the February poll results are in. We asked what your favorite married couple is.


    1. The winner was never contested. With 75% of the votes the winner was Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson. The couple originally married in 1987, which was adapted into the Spider-Man episode "The Wedding". The two have been in one of the most memorable and one of the more longer lasting marriages. The recent eraser of the marriage in the comics is one of the most controversial and hated stories in comics, and Spider-Man has had more than his fair share of those. Regardless, the two have ranked among the most loved couples in any media.
    2. Distant second, with 10% of the votes, is Reed Richards and Susan Storm. The two married in 1965 and have sta…

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