Joss Whedon, the director of 2012’s The Avengers and who will also be directing Avengers: Age of Ultron, spoke out about choosing James Spader to play the title Ultron. Whedon said “Spader was my first and only choice, he’s got that hypnotic voice that can be eerily calm and compelling, but he can be 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. Bwah ha ha ha.”
In case you are wondering about the villain Ultron and what he’s all about, well let me try to explain more about this evil foe of the Avengers. Ultron is the creation of Dr. Henry “Hank” Pym, aka Ant-Man. Ultron in case you were wondering is a robot. His intelligence comes from Pym who was able to use his own brain waves. Now just to make things clear Ant-Man is one of the good guys and one of the founding members of the Avengers. So you are probably wondering why a founding member of the Avengers would create a robot that would set out to do evil. This wasn’t his plan whatsoever. Ultron over time started to develop his own intelligence and rebelled. As his intelligence grows he gains a Oedipus Complex, whereby he feels irrational hatred for his “father” Hank, and demonstrates an interest in Hank’s partner Janet van Dyne, the Wasp. Eventually, Ultron then hypnotizes Pym and brainwashes him into forgetting that the robot had ever existed. Ultron’s ultimate goal though is to destroy humanity.
There are a few questions though about Spader and his character. All sources just keep saying Spader will play Ultron, but Ultron is a robot so wouldn’t he just voice the character? In Guardians of the Galaxy, Bradley Cooper is always referred to as voicing the character of Rocket Raccoon. I would think if he was just going to voice it they would say it. Is it a possibility that maybe the movie will steer away from the comic series? I’m sure as time goes on we will learn more and as we find or hear information we will be sure to pass it along.
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