A few days back, we learned that James Spader will be playing the misanthropic robot Ultron in the next Avengers movie. To be honest, I do not know what to make of this. I love Spader, but I am not sure if even he can portray such an inhuman character.
For those who do not know, Ultron was the creation of one of the Avengers, Dr. Henry Pym, also known as the superhero Yellowjacket. To make a long story short, Ultron quickly developed a psychopathic intelligence, then turned on his creator and the Avengers, and then dedicated himself to the destruction of all mankind. It is a cautionary tale, really.
I thought of Ultron today as I heard about how Dick Armey and other Republican leaders have expressed dismay at the behavior and tactics of Senator Ted Cruz (R-Alberta) now that their golden boy seems to be taking years of extremist rhetoric seriously. There is a metaphor in here somewhere.