Uncle Ben
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Uncle Ben

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Uncle Ben with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Spider-Man

Uncle Ben Parker is a major supporting in the Spider-Man series who first appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962). During his lifetime, he had trained in the military, sang in a band and dated a high school acquaintance May Reilly, whom he would later marry and enjoy a life together. When his older brother Richard Parker and his wife Mary were killed, Ben took the couple's son Peter into their home and he and May raised him as their own. Ben looked after Peter as he grew up, becoming a permanent father figure to him. Tragically, Ben lost his life when a burglar tried to rob him and May. It was revealed that Ben's killer was the thief that Peter as Spider-Man didn't stop because he felt it wasn't his job. As a result, Peter felt responsible for his uncle's death and this event would forever drive Peter to fight crime as a superhero, heeding Uncle Ben's words, "With great power comes great responsibility."

Created by UltimateCharm on Sep 3 2012
Special thanks to Music Meister for additional sound clips.
Spider-Man (1967) (1967)
Uncle BenTom Harvey
Tom Harvey
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981)
Uncle BenFrank Welker
Frank Welker
Spider-Man (1994) (1994)
Uncle BenBrian Keith
Brian Keith
The Spectacular Spider-Man (2008)
Uncle BenEd Asner
Ed Asner
Ultimate Spider-Man (2012)
Uncle BenGreg Grunberg
Greg Grunberg
Spider-Man (2017) (2017)
Uncle BenPatton Oswalt
Patton Oswalt

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Lion's Edge
said at 3:43 AM on Mon May 14 2018
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"With great power comes great responsibility." Undeniably, one of THE most important characters in comic book history, even in death and without a costume. This is the man behind Spider-Man at his roots; the loving, tragically-deceased father figure who imparted onto him morality and honour.

Ed Asner and, to my pleasant surprise, Patton Oswalt tie to top my list. Asner is perfect for the older, classic take; his distinctively raspy voice not only sounds incredibly wise, but compassionate and even well-humoured, without every having to raise his voice. It's evocative of Peter Cullen's original Optimus Prime in a way: this larger-than-life giant in legacy comes across so humble and sincere. Plus, he had a fantastic chemistry with Josh Keaton as Peter, which only made the scene they shared together all the more power. Patton Oswalt's voice sounds closer to the age of an uncle and he is able to sound both humorous and warm a the same time; a down-to-earth dad figure, his flashback appearance was one of the best moments of Spider-Man 2017 thus far for me, because of Oswalt's performance. And, again, great chemistry with Robbie Daymond's Peter REALLY helps.

Brian Keith is right behind the two, however. Out of the cheesy and campy (but also super endearing... for the most part) performances of TAS, Keith's Uncle Ben was surprisingly subdued and sincere; he sounded nicely aged and also loving, and the confrontation between him and Spider-Carnage was CARRIED by his fantastic performance. I feel his voice is a little less distinctive than Ed or Patton, but it's still a darn good performance!

Greg Grunberg was another pleasant surprise from Ultimate Spider-Man. As a younger, Ultimate Uncle Ben. His voice may He's got this great caring, fatherly delivery and tone, as well as even a healthy dose of humour ("Hey Pete. Still daydreaming, aren't you?") and a splash of the bravery his nephew has as a hero (unfazed by Nightmare AT ALL).

Frank Welker could be really, really great if he reprised a classic Uncle Ben now... but he sounds a little too young here. Still, his delivery's actually pretty dang good; he's got the attributes down, I'd like to see him reprise! Never really felt Tom Harvey; he always struck me as too old and frail for Uncle Ben, while Ed sounds old, he at least still had gusto and oomph in his performance.

Ed Asner and Patton Oswalt tie for me here, but I'll give my vote to Patton this time, followed closely by Brian Keith!

CASTING CALL: As a sucker for casting gags, Dan Gilvezan and Christopher Daniel Barnes would both be great picks, I think, for respectively a classic and Ultimate Uncle Ben; two of the most iconic takes of Spider-Man getting to voice the man behind the legend. Paul Eiding and Peter Cullen, based off of their Grandpa Max and Optimus Prime, would both also work really well, I think, as a classic Uncle Ben; able to sound aged but wise and loving, as well as injecting a dose of humour into their performances. Charlies Martinet could also be really interesting, using his natural voice or modelling it off of his Skyrim performance. Bryan Cranston and J.K. Simmons (heh heh...) perhaps, even?
Starscreamsfan
said at 7:54 PM on Tue Apr 24 2018
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I kinda get a John Anderson and John Marley vibe at times with Tom Harvey's take. I feel it kinda works for the little material he got, then again, Uncle Ben didn't do much in the original 60's comic either other than be the kindly father figure to Peter.

Frank Welker sounds very good as well. A bit younger than expected, but then again, June Foray did made her voice sound more youthful during those flashback scenes, so it makes sense.

Greg Grunberg works for the Ultimate version. He has a really warm tone to his voice.

Brian Keith is also really good in the role. He has a very warm tone and I really like his delivery.

Ed Asner has a fitting voice and a great attitude, but his delivery could get a bit sluggish at times.

Not really feeling Patton Oswalt in this role, unfortunately.
Anicomicgeek
said at 2:17 PM on Tue Apr 24 2018
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Not my first choice, but Patton Oswalt was good as Ben.
EPA Deane
said at 1:36 PM on Tue Feb 13 2018
"Peter... these are the years when a Man changes into the man he's going to be for the rest of his life. Just be careful who you change into. This guy, Flash Thompson, he probably deserved what happened. But just because you can beat him up, doesn't give you the right to. Remember: With Great power.....comes Great responsibility."

Considering How Many Elements of Spider-Man have been Changed (through both Good Writing and Bad), I am glad that That Uncle Ben's death has Remained a consistent fixture of the Main Marvel Universe.

Here are My Top 5 Favourite Uncle Ben Voices:

5. Frank Welker
4. Greg Grunberg
3. Patton Oswalt
2. Brian Keith
1. Ed Asner

Future VA Suggestions:

Bruce Boxleitner would be Phenomenal as Uncle Ben in Animation or Live Action, Perfect fitting with regards to Age and Voice.

Michael Donovan would also work Nicely in the role if he used a Similar Voice to his Grandpa Gohan.

I also recommend Scott Bakula, Richard Epcar, Nicholas Hammond and William Petersen
The Doctor
said at 1:46 AM on Sat Dec 30 2017
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1. Ed Asner
If you want older sounding man to share fatherly wisdoms, no one is more perfect for the job than Ed Asner! Ed simply embodies everything about Uncle Ben (sounding wise, but still clearly being relatable average joe) and had perfect chemistry with Josh Keaton's Spider-Man. One of the best casting choices in a show full of great casting choices.

2. Brian Keith
On a show that often had little bit too hokey voice acting for its own good, Brian as Uncle Ben is easily one of the most earnest performances of the entire series. The big confrontation between him and Spider-Carnage could have easily fallen flat (and Christopher Daniel Barnes' infamous overacting doesn't help), but gosh darnit he sells it.

3. Frank Welker
Frank sounds little bit too young for the role and didn't have much to work with, but he made the character likeable enough. Would be interesting to see him reprise the role now, when he could probably do more fitting voice.

4. Tom Harvey
Has the same problem as Peg Dixon's Aunt May (i.e. he sounds wayy too old) and doesn't have enough time to leave any kind of impact with his performance.

5. Greg Grunberg
Greg's acting isn't awful or anything, but he sounds and feels more like cool big brother than uncle.
8000 Saiyans
said at 8:06 PM on Thu Oct 19 2017
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I prefer Brian over Ed.
batcool
said at 1:19 PM on Sat Jul 15 2017
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1. Brian Keith was great as Uncle Ben i remember that episode in the clip he really gave a true caring parent performance which worked well

2. Ed asner was really good to maybe a bit old sounding but performance wise he was great

3. Greg Grunberg work for a younger version of the character and props to him

Side note: Steve Kramer and Kent Williams would make good choices for the character
wdf1
said at 12:33 PM on Mon May 29 2017
1. Ed Asner
2. Brian Keith
3. Frank Welker
4. Tom Harvey
5. Greg Grunberg
Shaun Ince
said at 10:37 AM on Sat Apr 1 2017
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Interesting. Ed went from voicing J Jonah Jameson back in 1994, to voicing Ben Parker 14 years later.
GreenGoblin75
said at 6:22 PM on Fri Mar 11 2016
1. Ed
2. Brian
3. Greg
4. Frank
5. Tom
Autovolt
said at 7:14 AM on Sat Jan 16 2016
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"With great power comes great responsibility."

One of the most powerful lines in all of comic book history. Uncle Ben is perhaps one of the greatest uncle characters in all of fiction. Without him where would Spider-Man be right now?

I think my favourite voice here is Brian Keith, he sounds aged without sounding too old and extremely caring and loving.

Ed Asner is great too but I feel he sounds more like a grandfather than an uncle, still he gave a fantastic performance nonetheless.

Greg Grunberg is perfect as the younger Uncle Ben from the Ultimate versions. He sounds very loving and caring.

Tom Harvey sounds too old and frail for Uncle Ben.

Frank Welker's Fred voice doesn't fit at all for Uncle Ben, he sounds way too young, maybe if he was the Ultimate version it'd work but even then all I hear is Fred with this voice. It's too distracting plus he used this voice as Iceman and Flash Thompson in the same show.

Brian Keith gets my vote.

BONUS: I like what Galactic_Cyrus said about Paul Soles being Uncle Ben, it'd be the most fitting casting gag of all time. I could also see Dan Gilvezan being a perfect fit too.
Starscreamsfan
said at 1:32 PM on Thu Jun 25 2015
1) Tom Harvey
2) Frank Welker
3) Greg Grunberg
4) John H. Mayer (1981 Spidey solo cartoon)
5) Brian Keith
6) Ed Asner
HienFan
said at 5:27 AM on Wed May 13 2015
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HOW did I miss out on Peter Parker's uncle?

1 Brian
2 Ed
3 Frank
4 Greg
5 Tom
ArticleTheWasbi
said at 5:27 PM on Sat Mar 14 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
1. Brian Keith Was BOSS In This Role. He Sounded The Most Caring And Put SO Much Emotions, It Could Make A Man Cry, But Not This Man! R.I.P.
2. Ed Asner Was GREAT In This Role, He Did Make Uncle Ben Sound Jolly And Smart But I Didn't Like That Gruff In His Voice.
3. Even Though USM SUCKS TO THE BUTT!!!!!!, Greg Grunberg Was...... Good I Guess.
4. Frank Welker Was Good For That Time, Only That He Made Uncle Ben A TAD Too Jolly.
5.Its UNCLE Ben, Not GRANDPA Ben But It Was 1967 So I'll Give It A Pass. R.I.P
Overall, Brian Keith IS Uncle Ben R.I.P, Ed Asner Did Good, Greg Grunberg Was Good, Frank Welker Was Fine For That Time And So Did Tom Harvey R.I.P.
And Almost Forgot!, R.I.P Ben Parker "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility".
ArticleTheWasbi
said at 2:37 PM on Thu Apr 16 2015
@ArticleTheWasbi Never Mind, Asner Sounded A Tad...TAD Better. But Keiths A VERY Close Second.
ArticleTheWasbi
said at 11:16 AM on Sat Apr 18 2015
@ArticleTheWasbi Agh, Ed Asner Sounds Really Great!, But Keith Sounds More Like An Uncle.
NoxiousSludge
said at 6:30 PM on Sun Feb 1 2015
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1. Ed Asner: I think that out of all the voice actors who have portrayed Uncle Ben, he easily did it the best. His voice was very tender, warm, and absolutely full of wisdom, and god DAMN he nailed the great power line perfectly. Yeah, he's a tad gruff sounding, but I don't think it's distracting or anything.

2. Brian Keith: Another fantastic portrayal, as he was also very warm, wise, and understanding towards Peter's plight. His soft-spoken voice is quite soothing to listen to.

3. Greg Grunberg: He's not quite my favorite, but he was still fantastic as the younger Ultimate incarnation of Ben Parker.

4. Frank Welker: He sounds nice enough, but also a tad goofy which kind of hurts the performance for me. I think Frank would actually make a good Uncle Ben, the shoddy directing back then held him back.

5. Tom Harvey: I think I can tell what he was going for, but he makes Uncle Ben sound like an ancient geezer rather than a wise father figure.

I know he's pretty much sticking with Mario along with a few other games to lend his voice to, but for some reason I think Charles Martinet would make a fine Uncle Ben, mainly going off of his normal speaking voice. I could also see Paul Eiding being good in the role.
ArticleTheWasbi
said at 4:13 PM on Sun Jan 18 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Ed Asner May Be J.Jonah Jameson, But Brian Keith Is Uncle Ben!
Hugmebrotha
said at 12:07 PM on Sun Aug 24 2014
Out of people still Alive?
1:Ed Asner
2:Frank Welker
3: Greg Grunberg(too young, I want Ben to be older)
Archerboy58
said at 2:53 PM on Sun Aug 24 2014
@Hugmebrotha well Tom Harvey died in Janury
Archerboy58
said at 3:15 PM on Wed Jul 2 2014
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Brian Keith
2. Greg Grunberg
3. Ed Asner
4. Frank Welker
5. Tom Harvey
chaosincarnate
said at 9:00 PM on Wed Apr 2 2014
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I really do like Ed Asner, but I have to agree with Cyrus, the real deep voice feels kind of distracting. Brian Keith just screams caring uncle more, and I can legitimately buy him as being Peter's role model.

Frank Welker is OK, but it's really nothing impressive or memorable. Tom Harvey is just terribly fake sounding, whereas I could never get into Greg Gunberg as Uncle Ben. I know he's voicing the younger, Ultimate version, but he's far too young and light sounding, even for this depiction. Surprisingly enough, I actually think Frank Welker could pull off the Ultimate version better if he went for something totally different.
llawliet159
said at 9:57 PM on Wed Feb 5 2014
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I like Brian Keith's and Ed Asner's takes on Uncle Ben...But I prefer the latter because I felt like he did more than talk to Peter about the issues he's experiencing and that episode of SSM was one of the best in my opinion. So my vote goes to Ed Asner haha
spencermalley935
said at 6:18 PM on Mon Feb 3 2014
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How ironic that Ed Asner who voiced Jameson in the previous 90's spidey cartoon voiced Unle Ben in SSM.
Finister2
said at 7:55 AM on Tue Jan 21 2014
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I wonder if Kurtwood Smith would make a good Uncle Ben?
Starscreamsfan
said at 6:51 AM on Sun Dec 8 2013
Harvey and Asner are the greatest.
Fulgore2005
said at 5:54 AM on Thu Oct 10 2013
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I prefer Brian Keith. He sounds more relaxed and fits the 'father figure' character better IMO.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 11:33 AM on Tue Oct 8 2013
 11 Shout Outs!
1. Paul Soles - Never voiced Uncle Ben, but gah, wouldn't he have been perfect?
2. Brian Keith - The closest sounding to Soles voicing Ben.
3. Ed Asner - Sounds great as a kind, loving uncle (his delivery of the "with great power line" is phenomenal!), but the deep, gruff voice can sound unintentionally intimidating at times.
4. Greg Grunberg - Makes a fine young Uncle Ben.
5. Frank Welker - Sounds fake. He could've done better.
6. Tom Harvey - It's UNCLE Ben, not Grandpa Ben!
Metabad
said at 6:47 PM on Mon Oct 21 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus Holy cow, perfect is right, now I want to see Paul Soles as Uncle Ben!

Is he still voice acting?
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 7:00 PM on Mon Oct 21 2013
@Metabad Not that I know of.
Archerboy58
said at 2:50 PM on Wed Jul 2 2014
@Metabad some what
Ross123
said at 2:10 PM on Fri Jul 19 2013
Ed is good as Ben just like he's good at Jamison.

Brian was ok while Greg does a younger version of Ben which I kinda like.

Frank sounds like his character Fred from Scooby Doo but older.

Tom sounds like 1000 years old making him older than Yoda.
coolgeek176
said at 10:17 PM on Wed Jan 9 2013
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I'm going with Ed Asner. He fits the fatherly figure and sounds aged. Brian Keith is good too. Greg Grunberg is good for the ultimate version.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 9:34 PM on Thu Sep 20 2012
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At some points, Asner sounds like John Goodman
Patrick
said at 2:37 AM on Mon Sep 10 2012
John Stephenson From Spider-Man and his Amzing Friends
Nightmare Crusher
said at 5:34 PM on Thu Sep 6 2012
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Wow, Brian Keith and Ed Asner are both REALLY good. It's a tough pick, but I'll go with Ed Asner.
ConfusedPhantom
said at 6:13 PM on Wed Sep 5 2012
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Ed Asner, no contest, but I like Brian Keith too.
Starscreamsfan
said at 8:21 PM on Tue Sep 4 2012
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That's Frank Welker, not John Stephenson!!!!!!
SupremeTarantulas
said at 3:24 PM on Thu Sep 6 2012
@Starscreamsfan Thank You. At least I know I'm not going crazy and neither is Gotham Red.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 5:09 PM on Thu Sep 6 2012
@Starscreamsfan I agree. It doesn't sound like John Stephenson to me; it sounds much more like Frank's Garfield voice.
SmartyBoyboy
said at 12:02 AM on Sat Sep 8 2012
@Starscreamsfan Yep. I knew it sounds more Frank in my ears.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 12:38 AM on Sun Sep 9 2012
@Starscreamsfan Well he John was Shocker in that episode and it sounds like him to me
Starscreamsfan
said at 4:09 PM on Tue Sep 11 2012
@Music Meister Yeah, but if you see the Transformers episode The Ultimate Weapon, Welker provides the voice of the human grandfather that appears at the end of the first act. He uses the same voice with Uncle Ben
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 8:54 PM on Tue Sep 11 2012
@Starscreamsfan I still hear John over Welker
Starscreamsfan
said at 8:13 PM on Thu Sep 13 2012
@Music Meister The only way to tell their voices is that Welker doesn't have the aging cracks that are more noticeable with Stephenson.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 12:20 PM on Tue Sep 4 2012
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1. Brian Keith/Ed Asner- Both are great father figure roles, showing kindess and age without going overbroad. You feel that both have an impact on Peter's life.

2. Greg Grunberg- Okay he sounds a little more like a "fun uncle" then a father figure but not bad. Lacked the aged feel but the kindess and warmth of the character is there so not bad and is a good example of the voice work of US.

3. John Stephenson- Little bland but the aged feeling and the kindess is there. Wish he had more scenes so he could have shown some wisdom but not bad but he has done better.

4. Tom Harvey- Sounds too weak and forced. Also the fact that one scene he's in doesn't really make him seem like an important person to Peter, his one scene and he's not even talking to Peter. It's a shame really.
SupremeTarantulas
said at 2:23 AM on Sat Jan 12 2013
@Music Meister THat's the way it was done in the 60's. A modern version would of course be different.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 9:22 AM on Sat Jan 12 2013
@pete What?
SupremeTarantulas
said at 6:04 PM on Sat Jan 12 2013
@Music Meister I'm referring to your opinion of Tom Harvey. Cartoons didn't really go for a good script or anything. They just tried to do get the job done.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 1:56 AM on Tue Sep 4 2012
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Can't go wrong with the great Ed Asner. :-)
SupremeTarantulas
said at 1:03 AM on Tue Sep 4 2012
Seriously am I the only one hearing Frank Welker in John Stephenson's take?
GothamRed
said at 8:00 AM on Tue Sep 4 2012
@pete no i heard him too
D.A.V.E.
said at 12:47 AM on Tue Sep 4 2012
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All of these did fine, but I'm going with Ed Asner. He brings a great, fatherly warmth to the role without being too "old" or senile.
GothamRed
said at 12:12 AM on Tue Sep 4 2012
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I'm going with Ed Asner here, but to explain why I'll state my opinions on everyone:

Tom Harvey - Wow Tom made ben sound senile, not much wisdom in that voice.

John Stephenson - He's okay, kind bland, but he didn't have as much to work with.

Brian Keith - He's decent, really more gravelly than elderly, and is it just me or did he sound kinda sinister here. Didn't notice that when i watched this before.

Ed Asner - Really the most fitting voice for ben thus far. I has the perfect blend of age and wisdom, while not making him sound too feeble. Plus bonus points for actually defeating the symbiote he went up against (Suck it Brian).

Greg Grunberg - Yeah I know that this show is trying to give us a hip/young ben and may for a change, but I'm really not feeling it. He sounds more like an older brother for peter than for richard. Oh well, what're you gonna do?
SupremeTarantulas
said at 12:44 AM on Tue Sep 4 2012
@GothamRed Actually both Peter nearly destroyed the Venom and Carnage symbiotes but both survived but both of them survived as it was stated the Carnage symbiote would return if Season 6 of TAS was made. While Ed did get it removed that was the only difference.
GothamRed
said at 7:34 AM on Tue Sep 4 2012
@pete that's all the difference you need. Scoreboard.
Anicomicgeek
said at 11:30 PM on Mon Sep 3 2012
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I'm gonna go with Ed Asner for Uncle Ben. As solidejake said, he does sound like the voice of wisdom one would expect. That said, Greg Grunberg and the late Brian Keith were good, too.

Oh, and going ahead and getting this out of the way, much like Aunt May in both The Spectacular Spider-Man and Ultimate Spdier-Man cartoons, Uncle Ben in the Ultimate cartoon is based off of Ultimate Uncle Ben, who like Aunt May is quite a bit younger than classic Uncle Ben.
GothamRed
said at 12:14 AM on Tue Sep 4 2012
@Anicomicgeek I don't think may in Spectacular was based on the younger ultimate version. She was still played as peter's aging aunt in that show.
Anicomicgeek
said at 12:34 AM on Tue Sep 4 2012
@GothamRed

She does have some of Utlmiate May's traits and even her actress stated she was younger than usual.
SupremeTarantulas
said at 12:39 AM on Tue Sep 4 2012
@Anicomicgeek I hear Classic Uncle Ben in Spectacular more.
Anicomicgeek
said at 12:59 AM on Tue Sep 4 2012
@pete

Re-read what I said. I said that Ben in ULTIMATE was based on the Utlimate version. I did not say that was the case for Spectacular Ben.
SupremeTarantulas
said at 11:12 PM on Mon Sep 3 2012
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I'm going with Brian Keith. That scene where he comes in was greatly acted on his part(on Barnes's part as Spider-Carnage it wasn't as great when he broke into tears but still got the job done) I also like Ed Asner as he had a similar role to Brian Keith's as they both dealt with hoim removing a symbiote(Carnage in Keith''s, Venom in Asner's) Greg Grunberg's was used well and the voice gets the job done. Tom Harvey sounds like a stereotyical old man and John Stephenson sounds like Frank Welker so nothing really special about them. Also a shoutout to both Cliff Roberts and Martin Sheen in their live action versions who unfortunately never voiced them in the games based on their movies.
solidejake (Moderator)
said at 11:01 PM on Mon Sep 3 2012
 5 Shout Outs!
Ed Asner sounds like the voice of wisdom that I like from Uncle Ben. I also enjoyed Brian Keith, mainly because that scene moved me.
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