Well… this was unexpected. We’ve known since Comic-Con that the Big Bad in The Avengers: Age of Ultron would be, well Ultron, the villainous A.I. with the nigh-indestructible robotic body. Further, it was easy to assume that Ultron would likely be conveyed via some kind of motion-capture CGI, and voiced by someone known for a deep, booming baritone. Which is why the casting of James Spader as Ultron comes as such a surprise.
While Spader excels at playing creepy or morally vacuous characters, it’s likely that no one had him pegged to portray the destructive and monstrous creature that is Ultron. It’s doubtful that Spader will be required to walk around in a robot suit (quite simply, Spader isn’t in the most intimidating shape), and will most likely be simply providing a voice for the character, and possibly some sort of motion capture performance. Even then, it’s hard to imagine Spader’s typically cool monotone as the voice of a murderous robot, but then, writer-director Joss Whedon does enjoy playing against expectations.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for a May 1, 2015 release, and will be the final film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “Phase Two.”
What do you think of the Ultron casting?