UPDATE: James Spader And Scarlett Johansson Talk Prepping For THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

James Spader's first time discussing playing the titular villain of Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron dishes on The Blacklist actor's preparation for the role and meeting Joss Whedon. Check it out!

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 9/29/2013
Since James Spader was announced last month to be joining the cast of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, we've heard from director Joss Whedon and some supporting cast members on the unexpected casting. But speaking with Inquirer Entertainment about his new NBC series The Blacklist, Spader himself discussed how he's started prepping the titular villainous role. “I have spoken to Joss Whedon about it,” he says. “And yes, actually, just this weekend I went in for them to take very extensive photographs, head scans, body scans, and all kinds of things in preparation for figuring out how the hell I’m gonna fit in this Ultron character!” Not much, but it does offer a little insight as to how Marvel and Joss Whedon plan to "humanize" Ultron in the film.

UPDATE: Spader offered The Independent a little more about joining The Avengers sequel. Admitting that he's not a planner and likes to try something different, to just see what happens, James Spader explains why he agreed to play Ultron: “I think it'll be a lot of fun and it's incredibly nostalgic for me. When I was a kid my best friend had trunks of comics and I didn't have any so I used to love going for sleepovers at his house. Also I have three sons and two of them have a great interest in comics so they're excited I'm playing the role.” What do you think?

Meanwhile, Black Widow actress Scarlett Johansson, who has a “huge part” in the Age of Ultron, also recently discussed prepping the Marvel sequel. “We’ll be shooting that in January,” she told Interview mag. “I think we’re taking it to the streets this time, I think we’re going overseas.”

So far starring Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson and James Spader, with Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen in negotiations to join, The Avengers: Age of Ultron is directed by Joss Whedon from his screenplay, and is slated to begin production in March 2014 and release on May 1, 2015.
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xcrementus - 9/29/2013, 8:35 AM
Ha man can't wait!! he IS Ultron, the guy is a walking charismatic creepy robot.
SuperCat - 9/29/2013, 8:59 AM
@ Blackjack

Has "The Blacklist" aired yet? If so, gotta catch it on Hulu. Spader and Downey in a film together again should be great.
Canon108 - 9/29/2013, 9:02 AM
http://www.wolverineliberationarmy.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/fat-c3po1.gif

So I guess with Spader's build, Ultron will look like that...
blackagar94 - 9/29/2013, 9:05 AM
Wow I used to hear him with a french voice over in France, but I heard his real voice in the Blacklist, he has one strong and creepy voice. I understand the choice now.
Rulk - 9/29/2013, 9:07 AM
Can't wait for this!
MrCBM56 - 9/29/2013, 9:07 AM
So he's doing mo-cap? Awesome.
MrCBM56 - 9/29/2013, 9:09 AM
Canon

Lol
MrCBM56 - 9/29/2013, 9:10 AM
If Mark Hamil and Mel Gibson can get in shape, So can Spader.

And they shoot January?! Wow. I thought they were filming in March.
TopCat89 - 9/29/2013, 9:12 AM
This is Spader's and Downey's screen reunion since Less Than Zero isn't it?



He can nail a villain role, interested to see how it plays out via mo-cap etc
IM53 - 9/29/2013, 9:19 AM
Top Cat lol I was thinking just that.


Marvel logo photo: marvel logo marvel.jpg

Ultron photo: Ultron Ultron.jpg

Scarlet witch and quicksilver photo: The Lensher Offspring ultimates8.jpg



Let's rock
McNyagano - 9/29/2013, 9:19 AM

IM53 - 9/29/2013, 9:23 AM
Joss Whedon photo: Whedon Untitled.png
IM53 - 9/29/2013, 9:26 AM
Too bad Gellar is committed to CBS. Bring the Joss Hoes back. ( cougars now) Joss Whedon photo: Faith/Off FaithOff.jpg
Reni - 9/29/2013, 9:32 AM
Spader's voice seems like a good fit for Ultron but god i want Whedon to stop forcing his fake 'strong female' characters on this, i really hope Widow dies.
McNyagano - 9/29/2013, 9:35 AM
@Reni

what do you mean "fake" strong female characters?? -_-
Reni - 9/29/2013, 9:53 AM
@McNyagano

He obviously is trying to make female characters like Black Widow look strong or useful (and i believe he's adding Scarlet Witch in this one) but in my opinion they come off as bland, useless and cheap, and the lines, oh god, those lines. Black Widow made me cringe. I'm not saying he can't write fun characters but when it comes to take someone serious or care for he just falls flat.
SpectacularJoShFest - 9/29/2013, 9:55 AM
LOL 53, true that...Sarah Michelle Gellar makes my funny parts feel...well,funny =)
MementoMori - 9/29/2013, 9:58 AM
Spader is cool. Always respected the guy. And to hear that he is doing more than just the voice is awesome if surprising news.
Ocelot - 9/29/2013, 10:01 AM
Dushku > Buffy

Acker > Buffy
Xandera - 9/29/2013, 10:09 AM
Spader as Ultron will be EPIC... his voice is PERFECT! The Mo-Cap makes it even more exciting...
marvel72 - 9/29/2013, 10:09 AM
@ BlackJack10

i definitely believe that we will see an actual robot,the teaser trailer showed that.

if the design of ultron is as good as the iron man armours we should be in for a treat.

maybe even motion capture suit with spader's voice.
SuperCat - 9/29/2013, 10:09 AM
@ BlackJack

Thanks! Will catch it tomorrow at work.
Ranger14 - 9/29/2013, 10:11 AM
Reni@ That's your opinion, but I find Black Widow anything but weak and bland. To each their own.
Ranger14 - 9/29/2013, 10:13 AM
Whedon's female characters in Firefly were also strong characters that you took very seriously.
MercwithMouth - 9/29/2013, 10:15 AM
Spader is gonna kill it! Can't wait for this movie! The king of 2015!
ALmazing - 9/29/2013, 10:17 AM
McNyagano - 9/29/2013, 10:17 AM
@Reni

I'm guessing you've never watched Buffy, Firefly and Angel??
Reni - 9/29/2013, 10:20 AM
@Ranger14 Well i sort of liked Dollhouse. Never cared for Firefly or Buffy. I just can't take Black Widow serious, she is just there (like Hawkeye). I guess because the team needed a female member.
patrat18 - 9/29/2013, 10:21 AM
@im53 why is Cap ahead we all know Ironman is supposed to be in the spotlight all the time.
MsDarkPhoenix - 9/29/2013, 10:22 AM
Will they start filming earlier or Scarlett didn't pay attention to details?? Spader will kill it!!! I hope they confirm Elizabeth and Aaron soon!
HulkbusterNYC - 9/29/2013, 10:23 AM
Can't wait to see Ultron on the big screen.. Epic!!
McNyagano - 9/29/2013, 10:23 AM
@Reni

"I just can't take Black Widow serious, she is just there (like Hawkeye)."


Yep because those two served no purpose to the story at all.
JoJo1982 - 9/29/2013, 10:29 AM
Need a strong female superhero?!

Just put Ms Marvel in it then..... She can keep up with the 4 main big boys.

I always find Black widow uninteresting when you have cap, hulk, iron man, and Thor.
Reni - 9/29/2013, 10:32 AM
@JoJo1982

Same here. Ms Marvel would be a better fit but finding someone that would fit her is as hard as making Black Widow interesting.
JoJo1982 - 9/29/2013, 10:32 AM
Plz dont turn Ultron humanoid..... That's a big fail!!!

Ultron hates humans, just the thought of seeing them makes him sick. But making look human is pretty stupid for the character
Reni - 9/29/2013, 10:34 AM
@McNyagano Yeah, they were totally necessary to the story.
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 9/29/2013, 10:39 AM
Yeah, if Ultron makes himself appear as a human, I could REALLY see that bringing up LMD's and Coulson, which would push the Avengers and SHIELD farther apart. I love it.
SageMode - 9/29/2013, 10:40 AM
its only a matter of time.

TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 9/29/2013, 10:42 AM
If this is Ultron's final form.... My God.

Ranger14 - 9/29/2013, 10:42 AM
I have found Black Widow to be interesting since she was first introduced in IM2. She played an important role in The Avengers and will be playing an important role in CAP 2. Sometimes I think people are watching completely different films than I am. Different strokes. I am happy and that is all that matters to me. :-D
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