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Thursday, October 23, 2014

James Spader Calls Ultron A "Powerful, Smart Child"

Last night's trailer gave us our first real lookat Ultron, the big title villain of Avengers: The Age of Ultron. And to be frank, he may have the potential to be the first truly exciting villain Marvel Studios has produced since Loki (oh Ronan, what could have been...).

James Spader, the voice behind Ultron, spoke today with TotalFilm about the role and how he sees the character:
There’s a humerous aspect to him, which is something that drew me in from the very first conversation I had with Joss [Whedon],” Spader revealed. “In many ways he’s a child, this character, because he’s a brand new being who’s just come to be. And yet, through artificial intelligence, he has an incredible capacity for knowledge. So he’s a very powerful, smart child...Ultron takes abrupt turns in scenes...He’s really batshit crazy!

While I still have some concerns that Ultron is really just a plot device to lead to strife amongst the Avengers and set up whatever the Civil War-esque status quo that will ride through their Phase 3, I'm excited to see what an actor of Spader's calibre can bring to the role. That voice is pretty magnetic.
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