by Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY
James Spader will play the villain Ultron in the next Avengers flick, Avengers: Age of Ultron due out May 1, 2015.
Spader will play the powerful robot villain in the film to be written and directed by Joss Whedon, who made the first Avengers in 2012.
The sequel will bring together the impressive superheroes, including Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man and Chris Hemsworth as Thor, who brought in $1.5 billion in worldwide box office for Avengers.
Spader earned three Emmy Awards for his role as Alan Shore on Boston Legal and The Practice. He will return to villainy this fall in NBC's The Blacklist.