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James Spader will play the villianous robot Ultron in the next 'Avengers' film

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The next Avengers film is going to benefit from the serious acting chops of James Spader. Marvel has just announced that Spader will assume the role of the titular villain Ultron in Joss Whedon's upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. Spader has an excellent pedigree, with three Emmy wins for his TV work as well as a number of critically-acclaimed film roles, but the Avengers sequel will mark his first foray into the superhero / comic book world. How exactly he'll portray Ultron is still in question, given that the character is a giant, metal-clad robot. While Spader could certainly voice and act the part, a traditional take on Ultron would mean the audience never sees his face. Regardless of how Whedon ends up adapting Ultron to the big screen, we're hopeful that Spader's trademark acting style comes through one way or another. Fans will have to wait to find out how the pairing works: Avengers: Age of Ultron doesn't open until May 1st, 2015.