A new mashup combines James Spader’s villainous “Age of Ultron” performance with audio from his work as caustic boss Robert California on “The Office,” and makes all kind of sense.
Ultron is so tired of the Black Eyed Peas.
James Spader brought memorable charisma and flair to his performance as Tony Stark’s bastard brainchild in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” marking one of the few times a Marvel-movie villain has rivaled the magnetism of Tom Hiddleston’s Loki. In the film, Ultron displayed a natural, if extreme, extension of the put-upon condescension periodically flashed by Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, who was responsible for bringing the killer robot to life (with help from Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner). In a movie sprawling with subplots and action sequences and seeds planted for MCU stories to come, Spader’s snug fit within the role, which was both menacing and comical, stood out.
Over the course of eight-plus seasons of NBC’s The Office, we’re learned a lot about Dwight Schrute: He operates a successful beet farm, and a not-so-successful bed and breakfast, he’s served as a volunteer deputy sheriff, his grandfather may or may not be a Nazi war criminal.
But last night’s episode provided viewers with perhaps the greatest revelation of all: As a child, Dwight spent time at a special school for children hated and feared by humanity for no other reason than … they are mutants!
That chapter from Dwight’s past surfaced as he interviewed candidates for a job at Dunder Mifflin — a pool that included his cousin Mose, his former babysitter/lover, and one of his classmates from “X-Men School.”
Perhaps the most poignant moment in last night’s Christmas episode of The Office came when an insecure Pam (Jenna Fischer) finally presented husband Jim (John Krasinski) with The Adventures of Jimmy Halpert, the comic she created for him. While the audience could only catch brief glimpses of the book as Pam showed it to her unsupportive co-workers, NBC has now made the first three pages available online.