The Marvel Cinematic Universe definitely has a ton of villain problems, but James Spader’s Ultron was not one of them. When it was announced that the popular actor would be lending his voice to the genocidal robot, the world went nuts. And despite the film’s middling quality, Spader’s performance was almost unanimously praised. Now, if a new rumor is to be believed, he will return as Ultron in a future Marvel Cinematic Universe installment.
That’s right. Gossip writer Daniel Richtman is now bringing word that James Spader may be returning as Ultron in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not only that, but he revealed that Marvel Cinematic Universe architect Kevin Feige wants him to face off against Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch. It is not clear where, when, or how Spader’s villain will make his triumphant return, but Richtman seems pretty confident that talks are actually happening behind the scenes. Still, though, it is important to remember that this is just a rumor at this point. Please take it as such. And while Richtman’s scoops have proven accurate in the past, there is definitely something to be said about him potentially speaking too soon when it comes to this stuff. He is hearing things through the grapevine just as we are.
If you’re sitting there wondering how James Spader’s Ultron could possibly fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s future stories, consider that the only way he could return in a way that makes sense is via Wanda. Tony Stark is dead, meaning that Wanda is next in line to receive Ultron’s rage. If you have seen Avengers: Age of Ultron, then you will remember that Wanda has some serious beef with Ultron. And why wouldn’t she? He did, after all, kill her brother. But she mostly got revenge, even if it was Vision who ended up dealing the killing blow to James Spader’s deliciously evil villain.
It will be interesting to see how James Spader fits into the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s future. He does not really have a clear place in the story moving forward, but who knows what Marvel Studios is cooking up? Again, the key to his return could be Wanda. If early word that Wanda would be the focus-or at least a major part of-Phase 4, turns out to be true, then this would certainly be an interesting direction in which Kevin Feige and his creative team could take the story.
In addition to word of James Spader’s return to one of his biggest and best roles, there are other Marvel rumors still swirling. Many of the most popular ones revolve around the upcoming Spidey sequel Spider-Man: No Way Home, but there are others circulating about the Marvel/Netflix shows-and their star characters- being brought into the fold in some way. Only time will tell, though, and it likely will not tell us anytime soon.
What do you think, though? Should James Spader return to terrorize Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, or should the Marvel Cinematic Universe move on to bigger and better villains?