Bradley Cooper And James Spader Join The Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Hot on the heels of last week's 'Ben Affleck is Batman' news comes even more geektastic casting info. On Thursday (8-29-13) Marvel Studios announced that James Spader would voice the CGI character - Ultron - in the follow-up to 2012's 'The Avengers' - appropriately titled 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'. In the film (targeted for a May 1, 2015 opening), Ultron will battle Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, and Thor, as well as new additions, the enchanting Scarlet Witch and the super-fast Quicksilver.

Ultron (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In the comic books, Ultron is a sentient, maniacal robot created by Henry Pym (Ant-Man), but in 'Age of Ultron' it's rumored that his creator will be Tony Stark. Think of Ultron as a cross between HAL in '2001: A Space Odessy' and The Terminator. Ultron also has a long history of wanting to destroy the Avengers going all the way to the beginnings of Marvel's comic book lore.

Spader is a great addition to the cast and it'll definitely be interesting to see how he approaches such a unique character. Of course, Ultron will be a fully CGI creation, so Spader will only lend his voice talents to the role. For more on the Spader casting, watch the video below.

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Bradley Cooper - Rocket Raccoon - Disney/Marvel
In the other big casting news of the week, on Friday (8-30-13) Marvel announced Bradley Cooper signed on to provide the voice for Rocket Raccoon in Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy'. It's been rumored that Cooper was interested in this role, so this news wasn't a huge surprise. Cooper joins an already impressive ensemble cast, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Glenn Close, and Lee Pace.

Here's the official announcement from Marvel about Cooper voicing Rocket Raccoon -


"Rocket Raccoon has finally found his voice!

Academy Award-nominated actor Bradley Cooper has officially joined the cast of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” lending his voice to the fan-favorite raccoon that will join Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax (Dave Bautista) on their epic adventure.

Cooper has previously starred in “Silver Linings Playbook,” for which he was nominated for an Oscar®, “Limitless,” “Place Beyond the Pines” and the “Hangover” trilogy, the latter of which has grossed $1.4 billion globally. He will next be seen in “American Hustle” which will reunite him with “Silver Linings Playbook” director David O. Russell. “Guardians of the Galaxy” will mark Cooper’s first voiceover work.

In the far reaches of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, an unlikely cast of characters including Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Groot and Rocket Raccoon must join forces to defeat a cosmic force of epic proportions. Directed by James Gunn, the live-action “Guardians of the Galaxy” will take fans to new corners of the Marvel Universe when it hits theaters August 1, 2014, but in the meantime stay tuned to for the latest news as it breaks, including official casting, first looks and more!

In addition to “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including “Thor: The Dark World” on November 8; “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on April 4, 2014; “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015; and “Ant-Man” on November 6, 2015."


For quick roundup of the latest 'Guardians of the Galaxy' news, check out the video below.

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