James Spader To Play Ultron in Avengers Flick

Lisa Waugh

When I read this on First Showing: Following a scene stealing performance in Steven Spielberg’s historical biopic Lincoln last year, James Spader will return to the big screen in what will likely be the largest role of his career.

He’s going to be playing the ultra villain Ultron in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Here’s what I thought.

He was also pretty terrifying in his lust in Sex, Lies and Videotape.

They haven’t seen Spader in Pretty in Pink. Cause like dude. You have not seen villainry like Spader as the skeezy, upturned collar uber yuppie Steff as he lears and taunts the pale flower that is Molly Ringwald.

The big stir about the casting of Spader, besides “Wuuuut!” is that the film is possibly going to screw with the popular theory of how Ultron came to be.

Here’s I got from First Showing who got this from Marvel’s Kevin Feige:

When Ultron first appeared in the late 60s, he used a brainwashed Edwin Jarvis, the butler of Tony Stark, in plans to take down The Avengers. Remember that Ultron is a living automaton who developed self-awareness and intelligence, turned on his creator and evolved into a supervillain.

What’s really interesting is that Feige has confirmed that the teaser video which revealed the title for The Avengers sequel indeed featured the helmet of Iron Man being slammed into the helmet of Ultron. Do you see what we’re getting at? Perhaps Stark inadvertently creates Ultron by making some modifications to J.A.R.V.I.S. (Just A Rather Very Intelligent System) and the assistant goes rogue.

As far as I’m concerned, just having Spader play Ultron is a great turn for the film and I hope they keep getting weird with the rest of the casting. Very refreshing.