With Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening in a few weeks, Marvel president Kevin Feige is out doing press, and the questions can't help but steer toward The Avengers: Age of Ultron, despite the fact that shooting has yet to begin and the sequel is more than a year away from release. In a recent interview, Feige shared some insight on James Spader's performance as Ultron, the sequel's titular adversary.
"I think people are going to be very, very excited to see what we're doing with the voice that [director] Joss [Whedon] is bringing to life with James Spader for Ultron," Feige told Movies.com. "We love Ultron from the comics, and have always loved Ultron, and at no point do we want him to just be a robot. We want him to have an extreme personality and attitude, and James Spader is doing an unbelievable job. Again, for us it's always about subverting expectations. Whenever you think you know what's coming next, we surprise people or deliver it in a slightly unexpected way. And Spader is doing that with Mr. Ultron."
Age of Ultron will also bring more cast members with Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) joining Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). But what about Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Cap's partner in the upcoming Winter Soldier? According to Mackie, it's looking like Falcon will have to sit this one out.
"Chris [Evans] is a good friend of mine," Mackie told MovieWeb. "The movie starts in three weeks. I know he's read the script. He's like, 'Yo, man, I read the Avengers script. It's good.' I was like, 'Really?' He said, 'Yeah, Joss (Whedon) is doing rewrites, but it's good. I was like, 'Great! So... am I in it?' And he says, 'I've got to go. I'll be back.' What do you mean? Why can't you just tell me if I'm in the movie? No one will tell me, not one person, so I gave up on it."
Not sitting out, however, is the Hulk. In fact, according to Mark Ruffalo, the actor has already been hulking out in some motion capture sessions. "I actually already shot a lot of that stuff," Ruffalo explained to Vulture, referring to some behind-the-scenes photos taken from a recent Avengers shoot in Johannesburg. "We did it on motion capture, so we did a lot of that on a stage. So they’re doing all the [background] plates for that now in South Africa, and then I start work in mid-April."
As for recent rumors that Hulk's human half, Dr. Bruce Banner, will have a love interest in Age of Ultron, Ruffalo played coy.
"That may or may not be true," said the actor.