So with apologies to Paul Bettany, Marvel have announced that Ultron will be played by James Spader in Avengers 2: Age of Ultron.


Yes, Alan Shore himself! Marvel.com announced the news themselves, via an ‘exclusive’ (which they gave… themselves? I can’t help but love that) on the website. Currently in pre-production, the sequel to Joss Whedon’s massively successful first film is due for release in Summer 2015. Whedon will return to write and direct.

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Spader is an amazing actor, especially when given the right part. This suggests that we’re going to get a lot more from Ultron than just “rraaarrgghh” noises – as why would you cast James Spader if you’re not giving him lots of fast-paced juicy dialogue?

Fingers crossed they also cast William Shatner as Hank Pym. I know Marvel have said Pym isn’t appearing – but please?



  1. Spader killed it on Boston Legal, looking forward to him as Ultron. But will he just do the voice-over for a CGI-created robot body?

  2. Spader will be great as Ultron.
    And Bettany could still be Vision. He may not particularly enjoy superhero flicks but a role as an actual Avenger in the Avengers 2 or 3 would help him get greenlights for more of the films he does like.

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