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Marvel Announces Unexpected Actor To Play Ultron In The Avengers Sequel


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I think people’s minds go to different places when they hear the name James Spader. If you’re like Susana you said, “AHAHAHAHA THE STARGATE GUY.” On Twitter I’m seeing a lot of Secretary references. Personally my mind goes to Pretty in Pink. That movie sealed the deal for me never liking any character Spader played. So it’s a good thing he’s Marvel’s villain in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Rumors had been swirling for just a short while as to who would take on the main role in the film but it was Marvel who had the pleasure of announcing their own casting for a change.

James Spader will face off against Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as the villain in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the sequel to 2012’s record-breaking “Marvel’s The Avengers.” The Emmy Award-winning actor will play Ultron in the Avengers’ much anticipated return to the big screen from writer/director Joss Whedon. The film comes to theaters on May 1, 2015.

We’re still not exactly sure how Joss Whedon is planning to plot the sequel, it was previously revealed the title did not mean following the storyline of the comic with the same name and that Ultron creator Hank Pym would not be involved, so it’s anyone’s guess how Spader will be utilized. Will he simply voice a CGI robot or will he be generic rich dude who constructs the technology somehow?

What are your thoughts on the casting?

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Jill Pantozzi
Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."

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