According to Comic Book Movie on Sunday, director of "Avengers 2's" Joss Whedon posted on Twitter a brief progress report in regards to the results of the comic book movie. So far, "Sin City 2's" Josh Brolin has been cast as the voice of Thanos, Edgar Wright has parted ways from "Ant-Man" as options for a replacement director is currently underway, and now Whedon mentions how he's been holding up through this project on Twitter.
The film will return with new characters that pose a threat to The Avengers, however they will have help from two new additions. Aaron Taylor-Johnson will partake the role of Quicksilver/Pietro Maximoff. Just to clarify, this Quicksilver is not to be confused with the last name seen on the residential mailbox in "X-Men: Days of Future Past." Also, Elizabeth Olsen will be taking on the role as Pietro's sister, Scarlet Witch.
The villain they'll be encountering will be played by James Spader. He was solely hand picked by Whedon as it was mentioned by the director a reference to the "2001: Space Odessey" Hal computer analogy. Though Whedon feels that Ultron isn't quite the "Hal" in the vintage film, the mention of the sentient computer character does give an idea of how Spader may portray the villain with a rather "hypnotic voice that can be eerily calm and compelling."
Some may recall when he made his appearance on NBC's "The Office" where his character, Robert California, had what was termed a "freakish level of confidence." A sample of such a performance was made available online in a promotional clip of "The Office." After seeing this, one may get an idea of what Whedon was referring to by "hypnotic" and "eerily calm and compelling."
At any rate, Joss Whedon does feel pretty good about his progress on the film, and made it known online.
"Halfway through shooting! Think I'm holding up better than usual. #yoga."
Of course, the hashtag of #yoga can make anyone feel better than usual as it offers a rather meditative state of mind and can likely allow a reboot of the stresses of filmmaking. Perhaps Whedon will even much more revitalized when "Avengers: Age of Ultron" is seen through to its completion and makes its debut on May 1, 2015.