James Spader and Scarlett Johansson on Avengers: Age of Ultron

With “The Blacklist” having premiered last week on NBC, star James Spader has been doing a lot of interviews and naturally Avengers: Age of Ultron came up. He will play the villain Ultron in Joss Whedon’s sequel, hitting theaters on May 1, 2015.

Spader was asked by The Inquirer whether he had started preparing yet for the role. “I have spoken to Joss Whedon about it,” he said, “And yes, actually, just this weekend I went in for them to take very extensive photographs, head scans, body scans, and all kinds of things in preparation for figuring out how the hell I’m gonna fit in this Ultron character!”

Speaking to The Independent, he added, “I think it’ll be a lot of fun and it’s incredibly nostalgic for me. When I was a kid my best friend had trunks of comics and I didn’t have any so I used to love going for sleepovers at his house. Also I have three sons and two of them have a great interest in comics so they’re excited I’m playing the role.”

Meanwhile, Scarlett Johansson was interviewed by Darren Aronofsky for the October issue of Interview Magazine and gave this update on Avengers: Age of Ultron (via NY Daily News): “We’ll be shooting that in January. I think we’re taking it to the streets this time, I think we’re going overseas.”