While speaking with the Huffington Post, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige teased Spader's role in the production of the Avengers sequel.
"Well, I think it will be more than a voice role—we'll be capturing his face and his body to create a whole performance.
"He's a very unique and incredibly exciting and unpredictable actor. And Ultron in the comics is a robot, but what's cool about him in the comics—and certainly how Joss Whedon is interpreting him for the movie—is that he is much more than just a robot. That he's infused with much character. And I don't want to say too much, but you can imagine James Spader will be very dynamic in his portrayal of this character."
This is starting to sound like the movie adaptation of Ultron will not only not be created by Dr. Hank Pym—as in the comic universe—but Ultron could be more humanoid than fans will expect. Perhaps a little more cyborg than full robotic villain.
Just a guess, of course, but Ultron's head was teased as part of the movie title announcement by Joss Whedon at Marvel's 2013 SDCC panel, in August (see above image). Using Spader's face could mean Ultron may have a face under a helmet. Again, just making guessing and spitballin' right now.
Feige's comment is definitely something to think about, unless he's doing that whole Marvel Studios thing where misleading things are said in order to create more of a word-of-mouth buzz online and in social media. Marvel is very good at doing this so until more information is revealed, fans can only read in between lines right now.
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