If you’d told me back in 1986 that James Spader and Robert Downey Jr. would be boss characters in a SECOND ‘Avengers’ movie, I’d have had to toss cherry Slurpees on your head from the mall balcony. There’s just no way you can predict things things. As perfect as Spader is for the role of Ultron in the new ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ blockbuster extravaganza (calling it already), I still see him as that douchebag Steff from ‘Pretty In Pink.’ Screw Robert California, Alan Shore and ‘The Blacklist.’ That dude is Steff! And Steff was on ‘The Tonight Show’ the other night talking to Fallon about Comic Con. And according to him, director Joss Whedon’s version of Ultron is like one of those giants from ‘Clash Of Clans.’
There are always questions concerning various liberties taken over source material, but AOU has a big one, and I’m not just talking about the robot’s size. In the comics, Ultron was created by Hank Pym, an Avenger who was a bit too into his own brain to not nurture a God complex. In the movies, Hank Pym will never be an Avenger and Ultron is created by Tony Stark – the aforementioned Downey Jr. Those things happen, but it looks like creative license doesn’t stop there because apparently this Ultron will be the giant-sized issue. See what I did there? Giant-Sized Issue? Oh just watch the video!
Okay, kinda creepy interview with all that talk about tantric sex, but the meat and potatoes of it all was 8-foot robot. That’s big. That’s Hulk big. And not only that, but Ultron rolls in packs, cloning himself like a more sci-fi ‘Orphan Black.’ So, if those posters have any truth to them, the Avengers will be duking it out with about a hundred or so metal Yao Mings. With hand beams. And an insatiable hate for the human race. And a cool voice. About which Whedon mentioned to Marvel when he chose to cast Spader in the role:
“Spader was my first and only choice, he’s got that hypnotic voice that can be eerily calm and compelling. But he’s also very human and humorous. Ultron is not Hal, Spader can play all of the levels. He’s the guy to break the Avengers into pieces.”
I’m a little wary of the whole “me and my army” Avengers cinema. The movie is gonna be incredible but we just did the whole army thing in the first film and I’m wondering how freshly this approach can present itself. Sure, each Chitauri is an alien ass-clown compared to one Ultron, so it’s gonna be a better fight now matter how you slice it. And while I know the Avengers are based in New York City, that island can’t take much more of a beating before it sinks. And other movies are making it so that destroying New York is boring old hat now. I’m just tired of seeing it. But we’re gonna see it again, yes. Unless for some reason Whedon has the gang shipped off to Russia or Wakanda for the final showdown, which I don’t see happening. Basically, New York is about to get its ass kicked. Again.
(sigh) But it’s cool. It’s not sockless Steff with his shirt unbuttoned and posing with a Scarlet Johansson face, cool. But it’s cool.
Via – YouTube