Marvel’s Kevin Feige Says James Spader Will Have “More Than A Voice Role” in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

By October 22, 2013


Since James Spader was officially hired to play Ultron in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, fans have been speculating about how much of Spader we’d see (or hear) in Joss Whedon’s sequel. The dude is playing a robot, after all.

Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige is making the publicity rounds for Thor: The Dark World, and in a recent interview with Mike Ryan at The Huffington Post (via THR), he revealed that Spader was brought on for much more than his voice:

Well, I think it will be more than a voice role — we’ll be capturing his face and his body to create a whole performance. He’s a very unique and incredibly exciting and unpredictable actor. And Ultron in the comics is a robot, but what’s cool about him in the comics — and certainly how Joss Whedon is interpreting him for the movie — is that he is much more than just a robot. That he’s infused with much character. And I don’t want to say too much, but you can imagine James Spader will be very dynamic in his portrayal of this character.

James Spader

When pressed on whether or not Spader would be doing a robot voice, Feige laughed and said, “We did not hire James Spader to do a robot voice.” THR is wondering what exactly Feige means when he says Spader will be “much more than just a robot,” speculating that Joss Whedon may be incorporating a storyline from the comics into the new film in which Ultron creates hundreds of new versions of himself and essentially destroys an entire Eastern European country. A storyline like that might actually work, since the events of the sequel are naturally going to have to go global in order to expand on the massive Battle of New York that wrapped up the first Avengers movie.

I haven’t read the comics in years, so I’m tossing this one to you guys: exactly how involved do you think Spader will be in Age of Ultron? Think we’ll see him in human form? Any chance Whedon is ballsy enough to have Ultron decimate an entire country in the movie? Let us know what you think below.

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