Tom Hiddleston
’s mischievous Loki is not returning to terrorize Marvel’s biggest heroes in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” but that does not mean the team won’t face off with a deadly adversary.

According to the official release, the oft-creepy James Spader will play the titular Ultron in the much-anticipated sequel, due out on May 1, 2015.

The character is an evil robot “with a heavy-duty god-complex, overwhelmed with rage toward his creators and longing to overtake the planet with his own spawn,” Entertainment Weekly” reports.

It’s a busy time for the one-time “Pretty in Pink” star, who also toplines NBC’s new drama series, “The Blacklist,” which plays a key role in the last-place network’s plans to boost ratings this season.

“EW” teases that role “won’t be too intense,” leading to speculation that Spader will instead lend his voice to a computer-generated Ultron.

What do you think of the casting news? With reports that Ultron’s origin story is being altered, which Avenger do you think is most likely responsible for unleashing this new villain? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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