One of the more surprising casting decisions to have dropped in month full of interesting casting announcements, veteran actor James Spader was cast as the main villain in Joss Whedon’s 2015 sequel Avengers 2, titled Avengers: Age of Ultron. Spader will be playing the titular Ultron, but despite the fact that the decision raised some eyebrows, director Joss Whedon said he couldn’t see anyone else playing the role.
Per and interview with Marvel, Whedon said that Spader was his first and only choice to play Ultron.
“Spader was my first and only choice. He’s got that hypnotic voice that can be eerily calm and compelling, but he’s also 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.”
Here’s the full video with Whedon where he gives some further insight into just what Ultron will be and how much he loves Spader for the role of his villain.
It’s hardly the worst decision made this month when it comes to casting a major superhero movie, and frankly Spader seems to fit right into Whedon’s mold for playing a character in his movies.
Whedon has earned the trust of Marvel fans and moviegoers everywhere, so until he has a decision blow up on him, we will go into the theaters fully expecting James Spader to knock out socks off as Ultron.