james spader ultron avengers James Spader cast as Ultron in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'Big news out of Marvel Thursday morning (Aug. 29) — James Spader (“The Blacklist,” “The Office”) has been cast as Ultron, the villain taking on The Avengers in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” heading to the big screen May 1, 2015.

Joss Whedon is returning to write and direct the sequel to the 2012 mega-blockbuster, which earned $1.5 billion worldwide, making it the third-highest grossing movie of all time. Hopefully all your favorite superheroes will be back as well, though only Robert Downey Jr. has signed on officially so far.

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Spader is an award-winning actor, having earned three Emmys for his work on “The Practice” and “Boston Legal.”

What do you think, “Avengers” fans? Good casting choice?

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