Aug 29 2013 12:15pm

James Spader Cast as Ultron in Avengers 2

James Spader, Avengers Age of Ultron

Marvel has wasted no time getting their big bad for Avengers: Age of Ultron lined up, which is good for all of us because we still have to wait until 2015 for the movie—anything they can do to make the wait a little less empty is like a balm to our scorched psyches.

And Ultron is... none other than James Spader!

Most of us remember him as the original Daniel Jackson in the film that launched the Stargate franchise. Or, you know, as every rich jerk in a John Hughes film ever. Also, the guy who won Emmys playing opposite William Shatner in Boston Legal. Point is, Spader has been all over everywhere for a while.

Our real question comes down to how he’ll be used—is this a voice only part? Will they use motion-capture? Just bring him in to act opposite people for charged close-ups? Tell us, Marvel.

We just hope he doesn’t spend the film eating 5th Avenue bars and doing chicken impressions.

Matt Stoumbaugh
1. LazerWulf
Don't forget his upcoming role as "Red" in NBC's The Blacklist.
Alan Brown
2. AlanBrown
The internet seems much happier about this than the Ben Affleck choice. And as an actor, I have seen Spader do arrogant/creepy/scary very well, so I think it will be a good fit.
Wonder if they will do motion capture, or dress him up in some sort of cyberman-type suit?
3. Nicocoer
I love Spader, and have since I was a little girl. One of my first movie dude crushes was him in Stargate. (I say one of because Gary Oldman in Bram Stoker's Dracula.) So I'm pretty excited, regardless of if he's just voicing a CGI or if he's being cyber-costumed up as comment #2 suggests.

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