Spider-Man: The Animated Series

Season 3 Episode 1

Sins of the Fathers (1): Doctor Strange

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Apr 27, 1996 on FOX
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Sins of the Fathers (1): Doctor Strange
Peter discovers that Mary-Jane is working with a mysterious cult. Baron Mordo, head of the cult, wants them to steal the Wand of Watoom to free his master, Dormammu. And when Mordo manages to get his hands on the wand, Spider-Man must team up with Doctor Strange and his sidekick Wong, to stop them!moreless

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  • Spider-Man finds Mary Jane after she disappers for awhile, but she's under the mystical influence of Dormammu and Baron Mordo. Spider-Man enlists the help of Dr. Strange and Wong to rescue Mary Jane and stop Dormammu from entering our dimension.moreless

    This was a good one. I'd almost consider it a filler, but there are no real fillers in this series. It answered the question of what happened to Mary Jane at the end of season 2 and it cameos Madame Web at the end, who becomes a major player in the series.

    Dr. Strange is an interesting character. His voice was spot on and much better than his appearance in "The Incredible Hulk" cartoon. I like his powers and his origin was interesting, considering I don't really know much about him. His sidekick, Wong, was also a good addition to Spidey's allies gallery. George Takei provided an excellent voice for him and it was cool to see some martial arts moves in the episode.

    I like the villains in this episode, but they should have just stayed in this episode. Dormammu and Baron Mordo really didn't need a follow-up episode. Even if they had a follow-up, it should not have been the two-part "Venom Returns" and "Carnage" arc. Both villains had good voices and designs, but they should have just stayed in this episode and that's it.moreless
John Vernon

John Vernon

Doctor Strange

Guest Star

George Takei

George Takei


Guest Star

Tony Jay

Tony Jay

Baron Mordo

Guest Star

Rodney Saulsberry

Rodney Saulsberry

Joseph "Robbie" Robertson

Recurring Role

Linda Gary

Linda Gary

Aunt May Reilly-Parker

Recurring Role

Majel Barrett

Majel Barrett

Anna Watson

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Spider-man: (to Doctor Strange after he opens a hole in a forcefield) Remind me to call you if I ever lose my house key.

    • Spider-Man: (About Doctor Strange) He should take that act to vegas. All he needs is a couple of tigers!

    • Dr. Strange: You are a worthy ally in the battle against darkness. May the Vishanti watch over thee.
      Spider-Man: And may your amulets... never... tickle.

    • Dr. Strange: Here we are again, Wong. About to leap into the unknown, to fight the deadliest battle of our lives.
      Wong: Exciting, is it not, Doctor?
      Dr. Strange: It is.
      Spider-Man: No offense, but you guys are really weird!

    • Dr. Strange: I must warn you. The odds against us returning alive are astronomical.
      Spider-Man: Big deal. I've been through the Bronx. I'm ready.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Doctor Strange made his Marvel Comic debut in July 1963 in Strange Tales #110. This was eleven months after Spider-Man had made his original debut.

    • This episode features a TaleSpin reunion of sorts. Ed Gilbert provided the voice of Baloo on that show, and Tony Jay voiced Shere Khan. Similarly, George Takai and Majel Barret appeared on the original Star Trek together.

    • The Center for Reunification is protected by the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak - the same things that give the X-Men's foe the Juggernaut his power.

    • This episode was heavily based on Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2.


    • Spider-Man: He should take that act to Vegas - all he needs is a couple of tigers!
      Spider-Man's comment on the impressiveness of Dr. Strange's powers is a reference to the Las Vegas act of Siegfried & Roy, with their trademark white tigers.