Okay, so I'd like to start by saying just how hyped I am for May 1st this year - I simply cannot wait for Marvel's next Avengers installment to hit the big screens. As an already huge fan of their comic base, I think that [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035) looks to be one of the most promising Marvel movies ever made.
And not just because of the Hulkbuster armor.
That's right - because of this guy. Voiced by James Spader, the homicidal AI that is Ultron is set to tear apart our favorite squad of superheroes in a few months' time. And to me - that's pretty awesome.
In my mind, I always envisaged Spader playing some kind of villainous role were he ever to join the MCU, and the fact he's playing Ultron is fantastic. I mean, who better?
When I was a kid, I used to live in Los Angeles. I was stopping by Johnny Rocket's with my mom for a chocolate milkshake (hey, c'mon, I was three years old) and suddenly the front door swung open - and quite vigorously too.
In strolled the A-lister actor James Spader - obviously in some kind of hurry to get to some kind of shoot (how awesome.) He was, say, a little annoyed, as his burger hadn't been cooked in time and he was "going to be late," as we heard him exclaim multiple times.
Anyways, he got his burger and walked out. Since then, that's been my little claim to fame. I like to pretend he noticed me and gave me his autograph (he didn't, but just don't tell anyone.)
So - now that I finally have a reason to write about this dude - let's finally get into it. Here's why James Spader will be the perfect supervillain.
1. James Spader Gets Into Role Very Well
James Spader has been labelled, in the past, as the strangest man on TV. He's never too far from absurdity in his roles, and a quote he once gave goes a little like this:
It can never, ever, ever get weird enough for me.
Which is awesome - because Ultron is going to be (as I'm sure you know) a villain that's arguably more psychopathic than most. So yeah, Ultron's a little weird.
He is though. Mr Spader has always been known for not only getting into a role, but letting the role get into him. In a lot of ways, he plays himself. That's not at all to say that in real life he's a villainous Chitauri program (hopefully), but the fact he's so great at mastering personalities will bring a sense of gravity to the next Avengers adventure.
Although, I did used to think he'd make a great SPADERman.
Okay, sorry, that was bad.
In truth, I think it'll be interesting to see how James (after that burger experience, him and I are on first name terms now) manages to put his own personality into the Stark-designed killer machine - I sure as heck can't imagine anyone else doing it.
Which brings me to my next point...
2. James Spader was the Only Actor Considered by Joss Whedon for the Role
So it isn't just me who thinks this - turns out Joss (we're on first name terms too, James put me in touch with him) only ever saw Spader here playing the homicidal tin can (well, it's more like vibranium can, but still...)
When asked about initial casting discussions recently, Whedon announced:
I told them it had to be James Spader. No other options were being considered. It had to be him.
Which is pretty cool, actually. With Ryan Reynolds having just come clean about that tragic Green Lantern film - stating it had virtually no planning at all - it's nice to know one of the highest grossing events of this year will have had a lot of thought put into it.
Which, again, links to my next point!
3. James Spader is Very Aware of who Ultron is as a Villain
Which, again, is brilliant. I mean, I've talked about his spectacular role playing abilities - but what's that compared to background knowledge of your character? When speaking to the folks over at SuperHeroHype, he said:
There’s a humorous aspect to him, which is something that drew me in from the very first conversation I had with Joss (Whedon). 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.
So it definitely looks like Mr. Spader has done his reading. Which is great, because it's given him a sense of the character. When asked about that very sense, he quoted:
Ultron takes abrupt turns in scenes ... Yes, he is psychopathic. He’s really batsh*t crazy!
His own idea of who he's voicing on screen will bring away a lot of corny-ness that some fans are expecting from a cliche villain like Ultron. As I've mentioned before, I think that because of who he is, James will really make our least favorite Siri into a gravitational role.
So - what do you guys think? Is James Spader going to be an excellent enemy - or is he going to be a ferocious failure? Let me know in the comments - or take the poll!
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