The Avengers: The Age Of Ultron finally has an actor to portray its villain, Ultron, as three-time Emmy winner James Spader will play the angry automaton.
Marvel, making the announcement online today, will find the actor portraying the mechanical being as the Avengers attempt to stop Ultron from taking over the universe. Last seen on the big screen in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, Spader also stars on the NBC's drama The Blacklist, which returns to the small screen on September 23.
Marvel's president Kevin Feige didn't specify whether or not James Spader will perform motion-capture to play Ultron (as Mark Ruffalo does for The Hulk), or simply provide the character's voice. In the company's cinematic universe, Ultron will not be created by Dr. Hank Pym (also known as Ant-Man), but instead will be pieced together by Iron Man Tony Stark. There is speculation as to whether or not Pym will make a cameo in the picture, but director Edgar Wright will have plenty of questions heading his way as he prepares the Ant-Man movie for release.
Ultron, an artificial intelligence (using Hank Pym's brainwaves) with a heavy-duty god-complex, becomes enraged toward his creators and begins a plot to overtake the planet with his own spawn.
"I knew right away what I wanted to do with him," director Joss Whedon told Entertainment Weekly. "He's always trying to destroy the Avengers, goddamn it, he's got a bee in his bonnet. He's not a happy guy, which means he's an interesting guy. He's got pain. And the way that manifests is not going to be standard robot stuff. So we'll take away some of those powers because at some point everybody becomes magic, and I already have someone [a new character, Scarlet Witch] who's a witch."
With speculation about James Spader's contribution, how Ultron will actually come to be, and who will play Scarlet Witch, there's plenty of meat on this bone. We'll just have to wait until word breaks from the camp.
The Avengers: The Age Of Ultron will land into theaters nationwide on May 1, 2015.
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