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Kevin Feige says James Spader as Ultron will "subvert expectations"

03.17.2014

It has been a while since we have heard about Ultron in THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON aside from knowing that Joss Whedon is planning a revision to the robotic villain's origin story. With the Marvel Cinematic Universe playing fast and loose with all sorts of origins and stories, why not give Ultron an update to keep pace with where the various superhero franchises are headed. Since ANT-MAN won't be out until after THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, some changes would be needed. But, that makes you wonder what else may be altered about the bad guy.

Kevin Feige, always willing to share a tidbit here and there, was asked about Ultron during a press junket for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER.

"I think people are going to very, very excited to see what we're doing with the voice that Joss [Whedon] is bringing to life with James Spader for Ultron... We want him to have an extreme personality and attitude, and James Spader is doing an unbelievable job. Again, for us it's always about subverting expectations. Whenever you think you know what's coming next, we surprise people or deliver it in a slightly unexpected way. And Spader is doing that with Mr. Ultron."

If you look back at the Marvel Cinematic Universe, successfully subverting expectations has not exactly been the strongest suit for the films. I mean, Robert Downey, Jr may have been a successful choice but the Mandarin twist in IRON MAN 3 angered more than others. Maybe I am missing something, but most of the the MCU films have been solid, but also pretty by the numbers. High quality productions yes, but nothing shockingly outside the box as of yet. That may all change with CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, but I am still expecting Ultron to be just a robot.

THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON hits theaters on May 1, 2015. ABC's MARVEL STUDIOS: ASSEMBLING A UNIVERSE special airs tomorrow night.

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1:31PM on 03/18/2014
At some point later:
1- A clone would be made as Wonder Man.
2- Captain Marvel (him or her), Nova, or Star Fox would have to show up in Guardians 2.
3- The Infinity Gauntlet be completed by Avengers 3 AND by then Fox, Disney & Marvel would make up and put everyone together for the ultimate battle. (FAT CHANCE!)
At some point later:
1- A clone would be made as Wonder Man.
2- Captain Marvel (him or her), Nova, or Star Fox would have to show up in Guardians 2.
3- The Infinity Gauntlet be completed by Avengers 3 AND by then Fox, Disney & Marvel would make up and put everyone together for the ultimate battle. (FAT CHANCE!)
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10:43AM on 03/18/2014
give me a smug Spader. That's a good Spader.
give me a smug Spader. That's a good Spader.
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10:28AM on 03/18/2014

At least everyone's looking forward to the treatment of Vision.

JARVIS becoming Vision to coincide with Ultron being a product of Stark and allowing Paul Bettany to play a physical character is an excellent creative choice.
JARVIS becoming Vision to coincide with Ultron being a product of Stark and allowing Paul Bettany to play a physical character is an excellent creative choice.
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9:10AM on 03/18/2014
I'm excited for Spader as Ultron. It will be epic, like RDJ as iron Man or Bale as Batman. He is going to own that role like no one else.
I'm excited for Spader as Ultron. It will be epic, like RDJ as iron Man or Bale as Batman. He is going to own that role like no one else.
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7:33AM on 03/18/2014

Subverting expectations thread

Utlron is really going to be James Spader wearing a suit made out of Miller Lite 12-pack cartons, and he's going to spend most of the movie drunkenly chasing underage girls at Jazzfest in New Orleans.
Utlron is really going to be James Spader wearing a suit made out of Miller Lite 12-pack cartons, and he's going to spend most of the movie drunkenly chasing underage girls at Jazzfest in New Orleans.
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5:08AM on 03/18/2014

Agree with Alex

All the movies of Phase 2 have been completely by the numbers so far. You can't say they're particularly horrible, like Fantastic Four for example, because they have good to really good performances, coherent plots and strong visual effects but there's something repetitive in them, lack of tension and excitment. A person can look at explosions and find them cool for a few seconds but if you don't put any stakes on them they become boring and predictable. Stale, much like Marvel's recent
All the movies of Phase 2 have been completely by the numbers so far. You can't say they're particularly horrible, like Fantastic Four for example, because they have good to really good performances, coherent plots and strong visual effects but there's something repetitive in them, lack of tension and excitment. A person can look at explosions and find them cool for a few seconds but if you don't put any stakes on them they become boring and predictable. Stale, much like Marvel's recent films.

I'm still waiting for Avengers 2 because of how much fan the first one was, and for Guardians of the Galaxy, because that at least looks original and fresh, but I have zero interest in Cap 2 or 3 for that matter, or Thor 3, etc.
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1:46AM on 03/18/2014
Subvert expectation as in... He's going to sound more gay than Raoul Silva, and spend half the movie preferring to be called Jocasta? Well, that could either be good or bad.
Subvert expectation as in... He's going to sound more gay than Raoul Silva, and spend half the movie preferring to be called Jocasta? Well, that could either be good or bad.
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1:04AM on 03/18/2014
A dude playing the dude disguised as another dude?
A dude playing the dude disguised as another dude?
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10:18PM on 03/17/2014
Well, first of all, it seems that JARVIS will not become Ultron: JARVIS will become the Vision. I suspect somebody else (other than Tony Stark) is going to put AI in an Iron Man suit and create Ultron. Who could that be? Perhaps an aging SHIELD agent? Somebody who has already been cast for another film?
Well, first of all, it seems that JARVIS will not become Ultron: JARVIS will become the Vision. I suspect somebody else (other than Tony Stark) is going to put AI in an Iron Man suit and create Ultron. Who could that be? Perhaps an aging SHIELD agent? Somebody who has already been cast for another film?
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10:44PM on 03/17/2014
Robert Redford?
Robert Redford?
10:02PM on 03/17/2014
I'm expecting this to be as amazing as The Dark Knight if not better. That's the quality I'm expecting from this film after The Avengers being one of the greatest films I've ever seen and perhaps being the greatest superhero film of all time.
I'm expecting this to be as amazing as The Dark Knight if not better. That's the quality I'm expecting from this film after The Avengers being one of the greatest films I've ever seen and perhaps being the greatest superhero film of all time.
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9:38PM on 03/17/2014

subverted expectations?

Ultron only speaks Spanish...
Ultron only speaks Spanish...
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6:44PM on 03/17/2014

??

He must mean a robot that's a person due to some extreme AI advancements. Nothing else makes sense.
He must mean a robot that's a person due to some extreme AI advancements. Nothing else makes sense.
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6:27PM on 03/17/2014
Didn't they have to do a little damage control with that Mandarin twist? I haven't seen the short they made about Ben Kingsley's character, but didn't it sort of hint that there was a Mandarin out there and that it wasn't Guy Pearce?
Didn't they have to do a little damage control with that Mandarin twist? I haven't seen the short they made about Ben Kingsley's character, but didn't it sort of hint that there was a Mandarin out there and that it wasn't Guy Pearce?
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7:28PM on 03/17/2014
In the short, theres a line where he says "You stole his name, and now he wants it back" whether or not they take that some where is any ones guess. But the REAL Mandarin is out there some where in this Universe. With the Iron Man series appearing to be done, not sure where he would fit now.
In the short, theres a line where he says "You stole his name, and now he wants it back" whether or not they take that some where is any ones guess. But the REAL Mandarin is out there some where in this Universe. With the Iron Man series appearing to be done, not sure where he would fit now.
8:21PM on 03/17/2014
"With the Iron Man series appearing to be done"

in Bane's voice

"for now..."
"With the Iron Man series appearing to be done"

in Bane's voice

"for now..."
10:45PM on 03/17/2014
Would honestly love to see Iron Man 4. Only this time it's the real Mandarin and this time it's Iron Man and the Hulk vs the Mandarin since we haven't seen Ruffalo since Avengers.
Would honestly love to see Iron Man 4. Only this time it's the real Mandarin and this time it's Iron Man and the Hulk vs the Mandarin since we haven't seen Ruffalo since Avengers.
6:04PM on 03/17/2014

How can they subvert my expectations

If I have none so far, other than expecting the movie to be awesome.
If I have none so far, other than expecting the movie to be awesome.
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6:07PM on 03/17/2014
maybe they'll subvert your expectations by making the movie suck
maybe they'll subvert your expectations by making the movie suck
5:46PM on 03/17/2014

??

He must mean a robot that's a person due to some extreme AI advancements. Nothing else makes sense.
He must mean a robot that's a person due to some extreme AI advancements. Nothing else makes sense.
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