After last night’s leak, and eventual official release by Disney of Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer that was supposed to be aired for the first time next Tuesday during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Avengers fans have a lot of new Avengery things to discuss. Just getting a good look at the big screen version of Ultron played by James Spader would have been more than enough for most fans in one week, but now we’ve also got a few interesting comments Spader made about Ultron in a recent interview.
Total Film has an interview with Spader hitting news stands October 24th and we’ve got a couple interesting comments from Spader about Ultron.
There’s a humorous aspect to him, which is something that drew me in from the very first conversation I had with Joss [Whedon]. In many ways he’s a child, this character, because he’s a brand new being who’s just come to be. And yet, through artificial intelligence, he has an incredible capacity for knowledge. So he’s a very powerful, smart child.
Spader then compared Ultron to his character on the hit show The Blacklist, Red:
Ultron takes abrupt turns in scenes. Red isn’t pyschopathic but Ultron is. Yes, he is psychopathic. He’s really batshit crazy!
Spader also glowingly commented on Whedon’s directing style:
Besides being just a lovely person, his directions are very precise.
It’s time to take another look at last night’s trailer. This time though, think about what Spader said above while you watch.
That haunting version of the Pinocchio song I’ve Got No Strings in the background of the trailer really sets the mood and reinforces those child like qualites of Ultron that Spader commented about. Spader’s Ultron finishes the song at the end saying:
There are no strings on me…
Is Ultron cutting the last of the strings in his programming that tie him to Tony Stark and humanity itself? Ultron’s story arch will be an interesting one and I hope we get a much closer look at Ultron and his world view as he develops in the movie and not just some huge jumps. I’d like to see some interactions between Ultron/J.A.R.V.I.S. and Stark, perhaps seeing those particular moments and situations that form Ultron’s twisted take on what’s right for the world.
There’s still plenty of time until the May 1st (USA) premiere date. Those pesky Brits will be getting an earlier April 24th premiere so those of us in the states will have to dodge a week of spoilers from those who have seen the entire film.