Marvel Studios has officially announced who will be playing the iconic villain in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Not to be undone by Warner Bros. huge announcement last week (Ben Affleck as Batman, if you forgot already), Marvel has announced that the villainous Ultron will be played by none other than James Spader, known for a huge body of work in both Movies and TV. This announcement came early this morning from Marvel along with a glowing list of accomplishments for the actor.
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. The film comes to theaters on May 1, 2015.
Spader earned three Emmy Awards for his role as Alan Shore on “Boston Legal” and “The Practice,” and will return to television this fall in NBC’s highly anticipated series “The Blacklist.” Most recently Spader was seen in the critically-acclaimed film “Lincoln” directed by Steven Spielberg and has previously worked with a long list of accomplished film directors including David Cronenberg, Curtis Hansen, Sidney Lumet, Mike Nichols, Tim Robbins, Robert Rodriguez, Steven Soderbergh, and Oliver Stone. David Mamet also directed Spader in the Broadway play Race.
The casting news may come as a shock to those who recently followed the rumor that Paul Bettany (who voices JARVIS in the MCU) might evolve his role into that of Ultron. We already know the character’s origin will differ greatly from the comics, where the ultimate villain was created by Henry Pym AKA Ant-Man.
For the film version, Ultron will be created by Tony Stark, which led many to believe an evil evolution of the JARVIS AI might be the first step in creating the evil robotic villain, but that is all conjecture at this point. The only thing we currently know for certain is that James Spader will bring his considerable talent to the film and present a unique and probably terrifying version of the fan favorite villain.
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