When the title of the next Avengers film was announced this summer at Comic-Con, a lot of buzz started circulating about who would play Ultron, the title villain in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Then out of left field last week it was announced that James Spader would comprise the role, leaving many to wonder…why him?
Screenrant.com recently ran an article that highlighted Wheldon’s reason for casting Spader. Here’s his quote, followed by a small follow up from the screenrant.com article:
As for how Spader was selected for the part? That was 100% on writer and director Joss Whedon who had the idea of using Ultron for the sequel while shooting the first Avengers film. He tells Marvel:
‘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. Spader can play all of the levels. He’s the guy to break The Avengers into pieces.’
The Hal namedrop refers to the infamous calm and monotone artificial intelligence from 2001: A Space Odyssey. The more interesting highlight is the “break The Avengers into pieces” which harkens back to Whedon’s previous hints about the story of Age of Ultron being one of deeper, more personal and emotional struggles for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes where “awful” things happen to them. From “twisting the knife” of the team, to adding two new characters in Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch who don’t agree with the methods of The Avengers and teasing the idea of “death” on more than one occasion, the sequel promises to put the heroes of the Battle of New York to the test. If Loki “killing” Agent Coulson in The Avengers had an effect on you, wait until Spader does worse.
Well put Screenrant. And you’re right, it’s setting up to be another incredible installment from the partnership of Disney and Marvel. If anything, this news just ramps up the excitement for the May 1, 2015 release.