James Spader Cast as Villain Ultron in 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron'
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. Marvel has just announced that the actor who stars in the forthcoming NBC series "The Blacklist" has landed the role of the villain Ultron in the forthcoming sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron. This is an unbelievably surprising casting decision, but following his odd, but lively turn in "The Office" in the later seasons, Spader seems like an amazing choice to play one of Marvel's most iconic comic book villains. But this likely means that one of the popular theories on how this villain comes into existence in the cinematic universe is out the window.
Back when Ultron was announced as the villain, there was an interesting theory going around about how Tony Stark may inadvertently create Ultron by way of his digital butler JARVIS. Here's what we wrote:
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.
There's an unsubstantiated rumor going around that Paul Bettany, the voice of JARVIS, was being lined up to voice the villain, thus confirming the previous theory of Ultron's origins (which won't involve Ant-Man, Hank Pym). But with Spader's casting, we're inclined to believe that maybe it's not that simple. Unless that plot point still happens and the voice of JARVIS changes as his personality becomes more villainous. Either way, we're just extremely excited that someone like Spade got a huge role like this in the Marvel universe. His voice is intimidating even when calm, and we can't wait to see he does to The Avengers.