It seems as though the Avengers have finally found their villain, as it has been announced that James Spader will be playing the maniacal killing machine Ultron in the the Marvel sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron!
Spader, who exited the second-to-last season of The Office as the bizarrely sex-crazed boss, will be joining major names such as Robert Downy Jr., Chris Hemsworth, and Chris Evans.
Spader will also be working with writer and director Joss Whedon, who announced at Comic Con that the new sequel will conveniently be named Avengers: Age of Ultron. Whedon also mentioned in a separate statement how excited he was that Spader was involved in the film, and why he chose Ultron as the villian.
"As a character I love [Ultron]," Whedon told Entertainment Weekly. "Because he's so pissed off. I knew right away what I wanted to do with him. He's always trying to destroy the Avengers, goddamn it, he's got a bee in his bonnet. He's not a happy guy, which means he's an interesting guy. He's got pain. And the way that manifests is not going to be standard robot stuff."
In the comics, Ultron is created by scientist Hank Pym, also known as Ant-Man, a hero who can control insects. Eventually, because the machine is self-aware, Ultron becomes evil and decides that he wants to destroy the planet and the man who created him.
It has been reported, however, that Ant-man will not be involved in the new sequal of the Avengers, and therefore it is unclear whether or not Ultron's storyline will remain true to the comic.
"Because we're basically taking the things from the comics for the movies that we need and can use, a lot of stuff has to fall by the wayside" Wheldon said at Comic Con 2013.
Wheldon then commented that Ultron was an obvious choice for the Avengers sequel, saying, "Ultron was their chief villain. He's been the Avengers villain for so long. I was amazed anybody was surprised that it was going to be him in the movie. We are crafting our own version of it where his origin comes more directly from the Avengers we already know about."