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When word came down that Joss Whedon had chosen James Spader to portray evil robot Ultron in the highly anticipated "Avengers" sequel, "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," the casting both came as a shock (him? Like, from "The Office"?) and yet made total sense. Because Spader is a wriggly weirdo who will easily be able to go toe-to-toe with Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark, who, in this iteration of the story, is responsible for creating the rascally robot.

Whedon has since spoken out about exactly why he chose Spader for the role, explaining (per the official Marvel YouTube channel) that the actor "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," the director said. "Ultron is not Hal. Spader can play all of the levels. He's the guy to break the Avengers into pieces."

Break the Avengers into pieces? Gasp! While little is known about the actual plot of "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," you can assume it will involve a lot of punching. Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Iron Man (Downey Jr.) will all be back, this time joined by Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch (supposedly Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen).

"Avengers: Age of Ultron" will destroy the box office when it hits theaters May 1, 2015.

[via Marvel h/t Screen Rant]
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