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James Spader Is Avengers' Ultron!
He's signed as the robo-baddie for Joss Whedon's sequel

30 August 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Marvel

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James Spader Is Avengers Ultron

Poor old DC. Just when they think they might have control of the superhero news cycle for a day by announcing where Superman/Batman will shoot, along comes Marvel with a casting bombshell that rains on its parade even as it mixes metaphors. What news, you ask? Only that James Spader will play the titular menace in Avengers sequel Age Of Ultron.

Originally announced by writer/director Joss Whedon at Comic-Con, Age Of Ultron will see Tony Stark and the shawarma-gang taking on a brand new threat torn from the pages of Marvel comic lore and given a spit-and-polish origin story for the big screen. Ultron is a criminally insane, sentient robot dedicated to conquest and the extermination of humanity. He comes loaded with several powers, including, strength, agility, stunning intelligence and, oh yes, a rage-filled loathing for our heroes and an intent to destroy them. Bad robot! Bad!

Spader seems like a fine choice to play the role, given his ability to play smarts, snark and menace when required. Plus he should have a proper handle on Whedon’s trademark snappy dialogue, assuming Ultron gets to be quippy. Marvel’s statement doesn’t specify if he’ll be simply voicing the role, suiting up or stepping into a performance capture outfit a la Mark Ruffalo’s take on the Hulk, but we’d guess the latter. Spader's never done cartoon voice work or performance-capture before, so this marks a brave new dawn for the actor. But don't worry: he got a message of encouragement from the last guy to tangle with the supergroup, as Tom Hiddleston tweeted his support (see below).

With Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, and most likely Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner back, the new cast will also include Elizabeth Olsen (assuming her deal closes) and a rumoured Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.

Avengers: Age Of Ultron will be out on May 1, 2015.


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L: Artoo L: elab49 still doing straw men Cause I'd go back to - also, Spader is a pretty decent and often very good actor. Am I really that transparent? pader's not bad, but very samey in everything I've ever seen him in. Slow, contemplative, nerdy, pervy and most importnatly - unlikeable! And Affleck is a pretty good actor too. Look at Boiler Room, Changing Lanes, Hollywoodland, The Town and Argo - all decent performances no? Be unbiased..... ote] I don't th More

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L: elab49 still doing straw men Cause I'd go back to - also, Spader is a pretty decent and often very good actor. Am I really that transparent? pader's not bad, but very samey in everything I've ever seen him in. Slow, contemplative, nerdy, pervy and most importnatly - unlikeable! And Affleck is a pretty good actor too. Look at Boiler Room, Changing Lanes, Hollywoodland, The Town and Argo - all decent performances no? Be unbiased..... More

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Are we still doing straw men?ause I'd go back to - also, Spader is a pretty decent and often very good actor. More

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I think Spader's voice is perfect for this but I don't like him as an actor - never have. Same as someone else mentioned, I see his face and just think of a slimey pervert! It's his work with David Cronenberg that's done it I reckon..... Luckily he's not as tall, dark and handsome as a certain other recent Superhero casting, nor was he ever referred to as an amalgamation of him and a certain celebrity partner he used to bang - so this fit's the criteria to be "a good bit of casting" indeed More

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L: clarkkent Weird. Was kinda hoping those Jarvis rumours were true, but in Marvel/Whedon i trust. Still think Vin Diesel would have been a good shout. Also, how is it the internet broke when Affleck was announced as Batman, but this FAR more controversial casting gets barely a raised eyebrow? Oh, that's right, DC fanboys are pathetic and people still hate Ben Affleck just for being Ben Affleck. hy is it controversial? Is Ultron a voice? Spader has a great voice. More

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