James Spader Will Play Ultron In ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

By August 29, 2013


Marvel announced this morning that James Spader will be playing the diabolical robot Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron. With Robert Downey Jr. still on board as Iron Man, I’m betting I’m not the only Less Than Zero fan that’s more than a little bit gleeful about this news.

Ultron was revealed to be the villain in the upcoming sequel back in July at the Marvel Comic-Con panel. Here’s a snippet of what Marvel had to say in their press release this morning:

James Spader will face off against Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as the villain in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the sequel to 2012’s record-breaking “Marvel’s The Avengers.” The Emmy Award-winning actor will play Ultron in the Avengers’ much anticipated return to the big screen from writer/director Joss Whedon.

Marvel didn’t say whether or not Spader would just be providing the voice of Ultron or if he’d be working a la Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk with a motion capture performance. Internet speculation is that it’ll just be a voice job as Spader is set to star in “The Blacklist,” a new series this fall for NBC.

Whedon had this to say about Ultron in an interview with EW a few weeks ago:

I knew right away what I wanted to do with him, 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.”

The jury is still out on who will be playing Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, but rumors are that Elizabeth Olsen is in talks to play the beguiling daughter of Magneto.

There’s no doubt Spader can pull off a villain role, so I’m completely on board with this casting. Of course I have to confess that my inappropriate childhood crush may be rearing its ugly head. I can’t help myself! For more on Ultron and how the film version of the character may differ from the one in the comics, check out our breakdown here.

What do you think? Are you disappointed? Excited? Let us know in the comments!

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Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin is a Los Angeles based writer and performer. She has appeared in numerous sketch comedy/improv shows at venues in L.A., including the Groundlings Theater, Comedy Central Stage, and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, where she played Squeaky Fromme in the infamous alternative comedy show Comedy Death Ray. Unfinished projects include a memoir and a musical based on the life and death of JonBenet Ramsey. She has lots of other brilliant ideas she might complete. She really just needs more encouragement. You can follow Desi on Twitter: @Desijedeikin Here: truecrimejunkie.com And here too: xoJane.com She likes being followed.