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James Spader cast as Ultron in Avengers 2

by Greg Belfrage

The latest piece of juicy superhero news is that James Spader has been cast to play Ultron in the upcoming sequel to "The Avengers".  Marvel Entertainment says "Avengers: Age of Ulton" is scheduled to open in theaters May 1, 2015.

Here's more from Marvel's official announcement:

Spader earned three Emmy Awards for his role as Alan Shore on "Boston Legal" and "The Practice," and will return to television this fall in NBC's highly anticipated series "The Blacklist." Most recently Spader was seen in the critically-acclaimed film "Lincoln" directed by Steven Spielberg and has previously worked with a long list of accomplished film directors including David Cronenberg, Curtis Hansen, Sidney Lumet, Mike Nichols, Tim Robbins, Robert Rodriguez, Steven Soderbergh, and Oliver Stone. David Mamet also directed Spader in the Broadway play Race.
"Avengers: Age of Ultron" will bring the Marvel Universe's biggest heroes together again to face one of their biggest villains, with "Marvel's The Avengers" director Joss Whedon returning to write and direct the sequel. "Marvel's The Avengers" was released in 2012 and went on to earn $1.5 billion worldwide, making it the third-largest grossing movie of all time.

There's also a lot of excitement surrounding the upcoming television series, "Marvel: Agents of Shield". Here's a quick peek from the series which will premiere Tuesday, September 24 at 7pm CT on ABC.

Photo credits: Marvel Entertainment

Greg Belfrage is an avid Star Trek fan, serious Batman toy collector and hopeless geek. He hosts the morning show on KELO Newstalk 1320 AM / 107.9 FM.