James Spader cast as villain Ultron in Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

Aug. 29, 2013 | 9:15 a.m.
James Spader, left, has been cast as the titular villain in "The Avengers: Age of Ultron." (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images; Marvel)

James Spader, left, has been cast as the titular villain in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images; Marvel)

James Spader will play the titular villain Ultron in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Joss Whedon’s upcoming sequel to 2012’s “The Avengers,” Marvel announced Thursday.

The film is set for release May 1, 2015.

Spader joins the “Avengers” franchise as a respected, Emmy-winning actor (“The Practice, “Boston Legal”) with an extensive filmography that includes projects directed by the likes of Steven Spielberg, David Cronenberg and Steven Soderbergh, among others. He’s returning to television next month as the star of a new NBC series “The Blacklist,” playing an international criminal.

Whedon is to film his highly anticipated sequel to “The Avengers” at Britain’s venerable Pinewood-Shepperton facility, the same soundstages that played host to Marvel’s upcoming “Thor: The Dark World,” set for release later this year.

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It’s unclear how closely the film will tie to the recently finished “Age of Ultron” story in Marvel Comics, or whether Ant-Man (the protagonist in another upcoming Marvel film, directed by Edgar Wright) will be part of the film.

In the comics, Ultron is an insane, sentient robot who tries to destroy his creator, Dr. Henry Pym, the original Ant-Man.

— Gina McIntyre


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4 Responses to James Spader cast as villain Ultron in Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

  1. Cliffhanger77 says:

    Wow, it's a "Tuff Turf"/"Less Than Zero" reunion (Robert Downey Jr. co-starring with James Spader, back in the day…)!

    Love Spader and I'm sure he'll make a great Avengers villain, in whatever form the villain takes.

  2. vadertime says:

    I like James Spader, too. I just saw Stargate again last week on Netflix. However, Ultron was a robot and not a cyborg or android like Data from Star Trek:TNG. So, how will Spader fit in? Will Joss Whedon reform the character as a humanoid robot played by Spader or is Spader going to be the voice of Ultron? Very curious, indeed.

  3. MarcusStrong85 says:

    I think he's perfect! He's starred as a villain in most of the movies I've seen him in (except Stargate and The Watcher)! So I think it cool to see him take on the role of a Supervillain!

  4. El Zorro says:

    It'll be Spader's voice perfoming. Ultron is a sentient ROBOT. Depending on the art direction for the character, they may "infuse" some of Spader's physical essence to Ultron. But I'm just speculating. Time will tell. Once thing is certain…Spader does "bad" sooo good! Can't wait!

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