Marvel exec teases revolving Avengers 2 cast, 'extreme' take on Ultron

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Mar 17, 2014, 5:50 PM EDT

The company is taking a big step forward with Phase 2, and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige teases Avengers: Age of Ultron could shake things up even more.

For fans worried they'll keep milking the existing franchises to death, Feige told they’ll be introducing some of those comic-inspired concepts of a revolving roster for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Sure, fans love Iron Man and Captain America, but Feige admits they have to start mixing in some fresh faces to keep the cinematic universe from getting stale.

He also touched on the addition of new big bad Ultron, played by James Spader. Feige promises the big screen version of Ultron will have a lot more personality than just a regular ole’ killer robot, and with Spader on tap, we’d have to believe him.

Here’s an excerpt from his comments:

"Introducing the new characters is going to be a lot of fun for the movie. That ever-changing roster is very important in the Avengers comics, and so how do we start to play with that [on the big screen]? Also our bad guy is great. I think people are going to very, very excited to see what we're doing with the voice that Joss [Whedon] is bringing to life with James Spader for Ultron. We love Ultron from the comics, and have always loved Ultron, and at no point do we want him to just be a robot. We want him to have an extreme personality and attitude, and James Spader is doing an unbelievable job. Again, for us it's always about subverting expectations. Whenever you think you know what's coming next, we surprise people or deliver it in a slightly unexpected way. And Spader is doing that with Mr. Ultron.”

Marvel hasn’t disappointed us yet, and it sounds like they’re at least trying to up the ante with Age of Ultron. Do you think Joss Whedon can trap lightning in a bottle a second time?