Whedon explains why James Spader was the 'only choice' to be Ultron

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Sep 12, 2013

When it came to casting one of the Marvel Universe's most dangerous villains, Joss Whedon managed to land his first choice.

We've been living with the news that James Spader will be Ultron in Whedon's upcoming Avengers sequel, Age of Ultron, for about two weeks now, and we're finally starting to hear a bit from Whedon about why he chose the acclaimed star of films like Sex, Lies and Videotape and Stargate and TV series like Boston Legal and NBC's forthcoming The Blacklist (pictured above). As usual, some fans were intrigued by the casting choice, while others were annoyed. For Whedon, though, Spader was the "first and only" option. Here's why:

"He’s got that hypnotic voice that can be eerily calm and compelling, but he’s also very human and humorous," Whedon said, speaking to Marvel's "The Watcher" web series host Lorraine Cink. "Ultron is not Hal. Spader can play all of the levels. He’s the guy to break The Avengers into pieces. Muwahaha."

So it seems Whedon is definitely going for a more layered approach to Ultron, and he thinks Spader is absolutely the man for the job. What do you think? Spader's definitely got range as an actor, and it's hard to argue that his voice is quite compelling, but he can he nail full-blown supervillainy?

Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters May 1, 2015.

(Via Comics Alliance)


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