|“||I wish that I were the most powerful thing in the entire world.||„|
|~ Mr. Black wishing himself as a giant robot.|
Mr. Carbon Black, simply known as "Mr. Black", is the main antagonist of the 2009 comedy/fantasy film Shorts. He is the president of Black Box Inc..
He was portrayed by James Spader, who also portrayed Mr. Richards in the 1987 film Mannequin, Rip in the 1987 film Less Than Zero, Stewart Swinton in the 1994 film Wolf, Lee Woods in the 1996 film 2 Days in the Valley, and voiced Ultron in the 2015 film Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Mr. Black is a corrupt businessman who invented the Black Box, a device that transforms into any household object. He is also the father of Cole and Helvetica Black, who bully Toe Thompson. Mr. Black does not approve of their bullying and encourages them to behave.
In one scene, during a party at his mansion, he is disappointed that none of his workers have that "go for the throat" spirit. He takes the wishing rock and accidently wishes that each and everyone of his workers had that same "go for the throat" spirit and everyone starts attacking each other. During an argument with Helvetica, she wishes that he would listen to her for a change and he grows large ears. His ears reverted back to normal size after Toe wished for everything to go back to normal.
Later he takes the wishing rock, fires all of his staff and wishes for a giant pile of money, until Helvetica makes him wish he was kidding, causing all of his money to disappear. Completely corrupted by the wishing rocks power, he wish that he was the most powerful thing in the entire world and turns into a giant Black Box robot. He terrorizes the town until the kids use the wishing rock against him. The infant (who was given telepathic powers from the wishing rock earlier) tells everyone that the rock is starting to feel misused and that it would destroy the Earth because of all the petty wishes they made. Together, they get rid of the rock and all its effects are undone. The now reformed Mr. Black has made plenty of changes: He agrees to have Toe's parents work on the marketing plan together and he changes the Black Box to a more environmentally friendly product called the Green Box.