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Joss Whedon comments on the casting of James Spader for The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Sep. 11, 2013by: Paul Shirey

The recent announcement of James Spader taking on the villainous role of Ultron in THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON was met with resoundingly positive feedback and director Joss Whedon was recently quoted on the topic in the latest episode of Marvel's The Watcher. With rumors of Paul Bettany's JARVIS potentially being the voice of Ultron being quashed with Spader's casting, Whedon clears up that it was never in the cards.

“Spader was my first and only choice. He’s got that hypnotic voice that can be eerily calm and compelling, but he’s also very human and humorous. Ultron is not Hal (from 2001: A Space Odyssey). Spader can play all of the levels. He’s the guy to break The Avengers into pieces. Muwahaha.”

It may be the popular thing to agree with Whedon, but so be it. The casting of Spader is spot on, especially since it's for voice work. I don't suspect we'll see Spader in a robotic suit (perhaps a mo-cap one?), which is fine as what we really need from him is that smooth, evil voice to embody the "unkillable" villain. As per the usual, Whedon seems to have the pulse of this moving forward, in what will likely be one of the three biggest films of 2015 (can you guess the other two?)

THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON hits theaters on May 1, 2015.

Don't know shit about Ultron? Here's your guide...

Extra Tidbit: What other Avengers villains would you like to see the heroes tussle with on the big screen?
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5:57AM on 09/13/2013
Extra tidbit: I wanna see Hulk vs. She-Hulk which can either in The Avengers or new Hulk movie.
Extra tidbit: I wanna see Hulk vs. She-Hulk which can either in The Avengers or new Hulk movie.
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8:23AM on 09/12/2013
I would like to see a hyper-violent, super destructive, bleak, emotionally draining take on Apocalypse. Preferably directed by Francis Coppola. I have no interest in what mamby pamby dog shit Bryan Singer might do with him.
I would like to see a hyper-violent, super destructive, bleak, emotionally draining take on Apocalypse. Preferably directed by Francis Coppola. I have no interest in what mamby pamby dog shit Bryan Singer might do with him.
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7:42AM on 09/12/2013

Tidbit: MODOK

Mostly because I loved how goofy he was in the Marvel Ultimate Alliance game :)
Mostly because I loved how goofy he was in the Marvel Ultimate Alliance game :)
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10:55PM on 09/11/2013
Ultron will be for the Avengers what Bane was for the Dark Knight Rises..
Ultron will be for the Avengers what Bane was for the Dark Knight Rises..
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7:12AM on 09/12/2013
A step down from the Joker?
A step down from the Joker?
7:32AM on 09/12/2013
A terrible ending to an otherwise great franchise?
A terrible ending to an otherwise great franchise?
7:36AM on 09/12/2013
He'll create an overly elaborate plan to blow up the city with a nuclear bomb, and then after he wins he'll set the bomb's timer for half a year to give the Avengers time to regroup, take a summer vacation, eat, pray, & love?
He'll create an overly elaborate plan to blow up the city with a nuclear bomb, and then after he wins he'll set the bomb's timer for half a year to give the Avengers time to regroup, take a summer vacation, eat, pray, & love?
8:15AM on 09/12/2013
Except James Spader doesn't sound like Otis from Superman.
Except James Spader doesn't sound like Otis from Superman.
10:39PM on 09/12/2013
I loved Bane at TDKR.. For me is the best villain after the Joker in the ranks of all comic book movies...
I loved Bane at TDKR.. For me is the best villain after the Joker in the ranks of all comic book movies...
10:03PM on 09/11/2013
Whedon knows what he's doing. Was able to catch the pilot episode of Agents of SHIELD and it is one of the best-written things I've ever seen. I hope the rest of the show lives up to it because the bar has been set pretty high.
Whedon knows what he's doing. Was able to catch the pilot episode of Agents of SHIELD and it is one of the best-written things I've ever seen. I hope the rest of the show lives up to it because the bar has been set pretty high.
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9:28PM on 09/11/2013
It's good casting. Spader is a good actor and a very inspired choice.
It's good casting. Spader is a good actor and a very inspired choice.
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5:57PM on 09/11/2013

Tidbit: Korvac!

Korvac makes the most sense, logically, because of his initial human status and later gaining essentially unlimited power forcing the Avengers to unite with the Guardians. Plus, it would be a great reflection of a human gaining power and instead of using it for good, turns into a full blown egotistical lunatic.
Korvac makes the most sense, logically, because of his initial human status and later gaining essentially unlimited power forcing the Avengers to unite with the Guardians. Plus, it would be a great reflection of a human gaining power and instead of using it for good, turns into a full blown egotistical lunatic.
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5:29PM on 09/11/2013
I want to see Ultron kick the shit out of every Avenger.
I want to see Ultron kick the shit out of every Avenger.
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5:24PM on 09/11/2013

I'm not going to lie

I'd rather hear what Robert California has to say about Ultron.
I'd rather hear what Robert California has to say about Ultron.
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8:17AM on 09/12/2013
James Spader famously hates everything, and views acting as nothing but a job. He takes on shitty roles because he wants the money, and doesn't care about content.
James Spader famously hates everything, and views acting as nothing but a job. He takes on shitty roles because he wants the money, and doesn't care about content.
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5:10PM on 09/11/2013
As long as they change the stupid looking face of this goofy character I guess it could work.
As long as they change the stupid looking face of this goofy character I guess it could work.
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8:18AM on 09/12/2013
The new CGI Godzilla stands upright and waddles like a man in a suit. You think they're going to change Ultron? Don't bet on it.
The new CGI Godzilla stands upright and waddles like a man in a suit. You think they're going to change Ultron? Don't bet on it.
5:05PM on 09/11/2013

Neat.

Avengers 2 : Age of Farts
Avengers 2 : Age of Farts
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3:44PM on 09/11/2013

Just a quick question...

Definitely looking forward to this, but does anybody know if Marvel is allowed to mention adamantium, given that is what Ultron is historically made of?
Definitely looking forward to this, but does anybody know if Marvel is allowed to mention adamantium, given that is what Ultron is historically made of?
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3:50PM on 09/11/2013
No the are not, they will use vibranium instead.
No the are not, they will use vibranium instead.
5:26PM on 09/11/2013
If the writers are smart enough to draft a script that artfully avoids bringing that up - the script will have bigger problems.
If the writers are smart enough to draft a script that artfully avoids bringing that up - the script will have bigger problems.
7:41AM on 09/12/2013
Pretty interesting question...I have a feeling Marvel's lawyers have actually got files and files full of these little details. Did the rights to "Adamantium" go with Wolverine or not? He may arguably be the most associated character with that metal, but it is still just a metal and part of the greater Marvel world...

I'm sure someone thought of it before the sold the Xmen to Fox.....
Pretty interesting question...I have a feeling Marvel's lawyers have actually got files and files full of these little details. Did the rights to "Adamantium" go with Wolverine or not? He may arguably be the most associated character with that metal, but it is still just a metal and part of the greater Marvel world...

I'm sure someone thought of it before the sold the Xmen to Fox.....
2:24PM on 09/11/2013
Sander is the perfect choice for a villain. Even when he plays a good guy he's still kinda creepy. I can't wait to see the 1st clip of him as Ultron.
Sander is the perfect choice for a villain. Even when he plays a good guy he's still kinda creepy. I can't wait to see the 1st clip of him as Ultron.
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2:13PM on 09/11/2013

why do we need to know about Ultron when he's not the same in this movie?

why do we need a guide to Ultron when this is not Ultron from Ant-Man?
why do we need a guide to Ultron when this is not Ultron from Ant-Man?
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2:08PM on 09/11/2013
Extra Tidbit: Unlikely to happen, but Doctor Doom or Galactus.
Extra Tidbit: Unlikely to happen, but Doctor Doom or Galactus.
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