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In a press release announced earlier today it was revealed that James Spader, best known for his role as Alan Shore on “The Practice” and its spin-off “Boston Legal” (which earned him three Emmys), will be playing Ultron in the upcoming Avengers sequel “Age of Ultron.”

One thing to note with the announcement of who’s playing Ultron is how he will be incorporated into the cinematic universe. In the comic book continuity, Ultron was created by Hank Pym aka Ant-Man. While Edgar Wright’s film dealing with the character is set to be released in November of 2015, writer/director Joss Whedon has stated that the origin of the movie version of Ultron will differ from the comic version:

“We don’t have to have him [Hank Pym]. It works very simply — this is Marvel cinema, not Marvel comics. One thing [Marvel Studios head] Kevin Feige has a genius for is knowing what to hold onto and what to let go of. You can invoke the feeling you had and play with the characters you love and remain true to the needs of the film…You’ll have to wait and and see, but you don’t need a Pym to create an Ultron.”

It seems we’ll have to wait and see the results when “The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron” is released on May 1st, 2015.

What are your thoughts on James Spader playing Ultron? How do you think they’re going to explain Ultron in the Marvel cinematic universe without Hank Pym? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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