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Marvel has announced that actor James Spader will play Ultron in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers sequel Age of Ultron.

Ultron is the lead villain in the highly-anticipated The Avengers sequel and is scheduled for release on May 1, 2015. Whedon announced the title and lead villain at San Diego Comic-Con in July.

Related: Who is Ultron? Hypable examines the character.

Ultron is a creation of sorts. He was created by Dr. Henry Pym, who we will find out in November of 2015, is also Ant-Man (Marvel movie coming soon!). Pym was experimenting with sentient robots, when he succeeded a bit more than he’d hoped.

Ultron became self-aware by using Pym’s own brain waves, and while he inherited Pym’s superior intelligence, he didn’t take on any of his compassion and his brain was instantly filled with hatred for his creator. Ultron would rebuild himself multiple times, and every time he rebuilt himself, he would become stronger.

While Ultron has quite a bit of backstory already, Avengers 2 director Joss Whedon says that he won’t be going down that road. He’s decided to rewrite Ultron’s origins so that the audiences can be surprised.

The biggest guess right now is that Jarvis will be “turning evil” in Avengers: Age of Ultron and will no longer believe he needs Tony Stark to function. This is a solid guess, almost too perfect, but since Spader will be voicing him, we now know that most likely won’t be happening.

But, maybe once Jarvis turns into Ultron his voice changes, we’re still hanging on to the fact that Jarvis turning evil would be an epic route to go for Ultron’s origins. We’re very interested to see how James Spader voices the role.

Spader was most recently seen in the final season of The Office, and director Steven Spielberg’s Oscar award winning film, Lincoln.

The full press release is below:

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.

Spader earned three Emmy Awards for his role as Alan Shore on “Boston Legal” and “The Practice,” and will return to television this fall in NBC’s highly anticipated series “The Blacklist.” Most recently Spader was seen in the critically-acclaimed film “Lincoln” directed by Steven Spielberg and has previously worked with a long list of accomplished film directors including David Cronenberg, Curtis Hansen, Sidney Lumet, Mike Nichols, Tim Robbins, Robert Rodriguez, Steven Soderbergh, and Oliver Stone. David Mamet also directed Spader in the Broadway play Race.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” will bring the Marvel Universe’s biggest heroes together again to face one of their biggest villains, with “Marvel’s The Avengers” director Joss Whedon returning to write and direct the sequel. “Marvel’s The Avengers” was released in 2012 and went on to earn $1.5 billion worldwide, making it the third-largest grossing movie of all time.

Spader is represented by ICM Partners and his lawyer Melanie Cook at Ziffren Brittenham.

James Spader’s biggest movie hits came during the ’80s, where he starred in a supporting role opposite Charlie Sheen in Wall Street. He also starred alongside Robert Downey Jr. in Less Than Zero, where RDJ was a drug addict, forced to commit some heinous acts by Spader to support his drug habits.

Spader did quite a few of those stamped out films that were the cornerstone of ’80s filmmaking, but his performances were always highlighted. He later moved to television, where he will soon be seen on The Blacklist. He’s an interesting choice, but Marvel is known for pinpointing talent.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron release date is set for May 1, 2015.

  • The507thDoctor

    Wow, well that blows the JARVIS is Ultron theory out of the water. Yeah I’m guessing his performance will be mo-cap with a voice, and Spader has a very distinct voice so this should be good.

    • Azeem

      I disagree. JARVIS becoming Ultron could still be the case, but they probably got rid of Paul Bettany because he doesn’t have a very evil or threatening voice.

      • The507thDoctor

        That’s true, but I would find it strange considering Paul Bettany’s voiced JARVIS in four films. To get rid of him with an actor who’s voice bears no resemblance to him is an odd choice. I dunno maybe JARVIS’s voice gets a reconfiguration in the sequel but I would dislike that.

        • Ultron

          I imagine Paul Bettany will still be in the movie, but probably more toward the beginning. (Assuming the whole jarvis turns into ultron thing is real). And then once he is ultron it will be James Spader who voices him.

      • http://www.twitter.com/matt_mccartr Matt

        Here’s my theory, based on what I’ve seen so far:

        The US Government builds Ultron with the help of Tony Stark, complete with an AI created from a copy of JARVIS. This is the one that goes rogue which Spader will voice.

        • http://ravenclaw1991.tumblr.com/ ravenclaw1991

          I like that theory! I was just thinking maybe JARVIS secretly becomes Ultron and reprograms his voice to disguise it from Tony and then Tony finds out in the film. But I like your theory better!

          • Ultron

            That’s interesting. It’s kind of kind of like how, in the comics, Ultron disguised himself as the crimson cowl and made antman forget he created him. Maybe not but your theory just kinda reminded me of it.

          • Liderc

            Like this idea. I think there’s still a very good possibility that JARVIS turns into Ultron. It makes too much sense. Jarvis could easily change his voice to disguise it, or it could change as he evolves into Ultron. Now that I think about it, I think using Paul Bettany’s voice as Ultron would be hard to take seriously because we’ve heard him so much in Iron Man films. Unless he changed his tone completely, we would keep thinking Jarvis the whole time when we’re supposed to be thinking Ultron.

            I imagine joss wants Ultron to be an entirely new villain, to put his name in the title and whatnot, he wants him to be like a Megatron type character, where he’s a very formidable foe for the avengers.

        • J

          I thought so too, it’s so perfect. I was kind of hoping they would get Jude Law to be Ultron if your theory is right. Jude has a voice that’s similar to Bettany’s, but he can also do a great cheeky, evil thing. Plus, any excuse to have him and RDJ together in any sense is going to be magic. But James Spader is a great actor, I can definitely see him voicing a villain.

          Unless they keep the creator as ant-man and have the slow burn reveal (since his stand alone will come out after, right?)

  • Ultron

    Hmm I need to go see some of this guys movies so I can get an idea as to how Ultron will sound.

  • Mannie Grant

    I tony builds a stand alone suit, since he quit being ironman. he puts his brain patterns on it, with JARVIS programming, it creates.conflicts, he ULTRON goes skynet on the world, seeing humans as their own biggest threat.

    • Ultron

      ooo that’s good.

  • Rebecca

    Ever since his role on the Office, James Spader has been annoying me

  • Caselock

    Spader was in in STARGATE. The movie that launched 3 different spin-offs and a combined total of 17 seasons of content. Kind of a big one you guys missed.

    • Liderc

      but he was in one movie, so 17 seasons doesn’t matter much. Get over yourself.

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