Chances are by now a few (million) of you have seen Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel’s latest episode in their ever more complex and expanding cinematic universe.
And perhaps some of you, like me, have been fans of Avengers-director and pop-culture-super-force Joss Whedon for a long time, too. Maybe you have watched a couple of interviews with him, or listened to one or two (or all… repeatedly) of his audio commentaries for the numerous TV series or prior movies under his belt.
All of which leads me to this question that has been burning in my mind from the second I first heard James Spader speak as Ultron:
That’s totally Joss Whedon’s voice, right?
Not literally, of course. It’s clearly Spader doing the performance – and quite well, I might add. But the way he is talking, not only what he is saying but how he says it, his intonations, all these small little nuances…
In the film it is said that Ultron’s personality is based on his maker, Tony Stark. But am I alone in feeling that he (through James Spader) is actually channeling his other creator, writer/director Joss Whedon?