There is more exciting news for fans of the Marvel Universe this morning. Marvel Entertainment announced this morning that they have cast James Spader to play Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the sequel to their recording breaking 2012 smash Marvel’s The Avengers.
For those of you who don’t know quite who he is, Ultron is a very self-aware robot who develops quite the lust for power.
Just like most robotic characters, Ultron has a long list of special abilities; speed, stamina, mind control, super-human strength, flight, a coma ray, and of course, a genius intellect.
However, according to an interview that director Joss Whedon did with Entertainment Weekly, the Ultron you see on the screen in the new Avengers realm will be slightly different than the Ultron you have seen in the past.
I knew right away what I wanted to do with him,” Whedon says. “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 who’s a witch.”
This shouldn’t be much of a stretch for Spader who seems to thrive in roles that allow him to use his quick wit. Take for example his time as lawyer Alan Shore on the television series Boston Legal, of which Spader won three Emmy Awards for. Spader has a voice that sounds silky smooth, but can quickly turn to maliciousness should the situation arise.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is scheduled to hit theaters on May 1, 2015.