10/21/2013 11:32 am ET

What To Expect From James Spader's Ultron In 'Avengers' Sequel


Back in July at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel announced that the title of the next Avengers movie would be "The Avengers: Age of Ultron." In the comics, Ultron was a robot created by Ant-Man that eventually wreaks havoc on The Avengers; that mythology will change for the film, as Edgar Wright's "Ant-Man" movie comes out three months after "Age of Ultron." (Wright has already confirmed that Ultron has nothing to do with his "Ant-Man" script.) So, what will the movie version of Ultron look like?

Well, he'll sound like James Spader -- Marvel hired Spader for the role back in August -- but as Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige told us, fans should expect Spader's involvement to include much more than his voice.

You hired James Spader to play Ultron in the next "Avengers" movie, what kind of voice were you looking for?
Well, I think it will be more than a voice role -- we'll be capturing his face and his body to create a whole performance. He's a very unique and incredibly exciting and unpredictable actor. And Ultron in the comics is a robot, but what's cool about him in the comics -- and certainly how Joss Whedon is interpreting him for the movie -- is that he is much more than just a robot. That he's infused withmuch character. And I don't want to say too much, but you can imagine James Spader will be very dynamic in his portrayal of this character.

So he won't be doing a robot voice, I assume.
[Laughs] We did not hire James Spader to do a robot voice.

Look for the full interview with Kevin Feige to run closer to the Nov. 8 release of "Thor: The Dark World."

Mike Ryan is senior writer for Huffington Post Entertainment. You can contact him directly on Twitter.

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