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Rumor: Baron Von Strucker may be the second villain in The Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Consider this a rumor and nothing more at this point, but with there being an open casting notice for THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON looking for a "physically imposing Caucasian man, aged 40-50" and the likes of Martin Csokas and Dougray Scott being looked at for roles, there seems to be a somewhat significant part still out there for the blockbuster Marvel sequel. Per usual, theories are flying and some inside sources are claiming that the part will actually be for a villain in the movie and one that is familiar to comic fans.

Sources claim that this role is actually that of Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker. Strucker was created by Stan Lee in 1964 as a HYDRA leader and nemesis to Captain America. The villain is ageless and could represent a connection for Steve Rogers to the events in THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. What also makes this intriguing is that the sources also claim that when we meet Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, they will be working for Strucker.

In the comics, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are the children of Magneto and a part of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. With Disney not controlling the mutant/X-Men related characters, shifting the brother/sister duo to being bad guys working for Strucker makes sense. This will start them out as villains and shift them to heroes during the film.

My only concern with another major villain is that THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON is already so packed with new characters that this could bog down the entire film. It already feels like the movie will have to run 4 hours just to fit what we have heard so far. On the other hand, maybe Strucker will be a minor way to introduce Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. Being a Captain America enemy, they can always bring him back for the third movie in that franchise.

THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON starring Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johannson, Cobie Smulders, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Jeremy Renner opens May 1, 2015.

Extra Tidbit: Dougray Scott getting the role after losing out on being Wolverine back in the day would be awesome.
Source: Latino Review

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12:46PM on 12/23/2013
I disagree that the movie is becoming too overcrowded and they'll need to stretch the movie to 4 hours just to fit everything in. They could have von Strucker setup as an initial villain for the Avengers in the first act of the movie and eventually Ultron decides to use Strucker to have access to Hydra for his own schemes. Quiksilver and Scarlet Witch get wise to this scheme and defect to the Avengers to help bring Ultron down.

And aside from the returning characters from the first
I disagree that the movie is becoming too overcrowded and they'll need to stretch the movie to 4 hours just to fit everything in. They could have von Strucker setup as an initial villain for the Avengers in the first act of the movie and eventually Ultron decides to use Strucker to have access to Hydra for his own schemes. Quiksilver and Scarlet Witch get wise to this scheme and defect to the Avengers to help bring Ultron down.

And aside from the returning characters from the first Avengers movie, there aren't too many additions to the cast. Just Quiksilver and Scarlet Witch and now it looks like Baron von Strucker. That's three additional characters, everyone else is just back up characters to help advance the plot.
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8:14AM on 12/23/2013
Cool if they do want to introduce Strucker - he could crop up in a bunch of Marvel movies as an influence, much like Nick Fury does. I'd associate him as much with being an enemy of SHIELD as anything, but a foe of Cap's too. Would be good to see more villainous groups like Hydra and AIM showing up in the Marvel cinematic universe.
Cool if they do want to introduce Strucker - he could crop up in a bunch of Marvel movies as an influence, much like Nick Fury does. I'd associate him as much with being an enemy of SHIELD as anything, but a foe of Cap's too. Would be good to see more villainous groups like Hydra and AIM showing up in the Marvel cinematic universe.
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6:59PM on 12/21/2013

"...so packed with new characters"

Uh... what?

Did I miss a few announcements? I thought the only new characters were Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, who I also heard will not be that big in this film but will be crucial for Avengers 3. And then of course Ultron.

...is that really packing a movie with new characters? That sounds like a mighty hyperbole. Unless of course you're mistaking this for the new Spider-Man film which seems to announce a new character every other week. That movie is up to probably 10 new
Uh... what?

Did I miss a few announcements? I thought the only new characters were Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, who I also heard will not be that big in this film but will be crucial for Avengers 3. And then of course Ultron.

...is that really packing a movie with new characters? That sounds like a mighty hyperbole. Unless of course you're mistaking this for the new Spider-Man film which seems to announce a new character every other week. That movie is up to probably 10 new characters, and that's not even an embellishment.
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11:22AM on 12/25/2013
Cap, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Ultron and now possibly Strucker... Ok, so they're not all new characters, but the point is, with 10 characters already committed to one film, that it may take more than just 2.5hrs to give us a bit of background on the noobies, a continuing story for the returning characters, setting up the villains and then having whatever massive battle will ensue... Just think about it... Yes, they're not NEW characters, but there
Cap, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Ultron and now possibly Strucker... Ok, so they're not all new characters, but the point is, with 10 characters already committed to one film, that it may take more than just 2.5hrs to give us a bit of background on the noobies, a continuing story for the returning characters, setting up the villains and then having whatever massive battle will ensue... Just think about it... Yes, they're not NEW characters, but there are still 10 characters that will be featured prominently and that may turn some people off...
6:30PM on 12/21/2013
Extra tidbit: Scott didn't really lose out on being cast as Wolverine, he opted to be in MI:2 as the baddie instead.
Extra tidbit: Scott didn't really lose out on being cast as Wolverine, he opted to be in MI:2 as the baddie instead.
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10:12PM on 12/20/2013
I just hope Jeremy Renner gets more screen time as Hawkeye this time around and a better arc for his character.
I just hope Jeremy Renner gets more screen time as Hawkeye this time around and a better arc for his character.
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12:50PM on 12/23/2013
It would be cool to see, but I doubt it. Marvel has been doing nothing with the character since Avengers, he hasn't shown up in any of the Phase 2 movies. I don't see why they would write a significant story arc for him when audiences have been following Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor for the past 2 years.

They botched the character in Avengers with Hawkeye's horrible story arc. I think they'll cut their losses and focus on the core 4 characters for the sequel - Iron Man, Cap.
It would be cool to see, but I doubt it. Marvel has been doing nothing with the character since Avengers, he hasn't shown up in any of the Phase 2 movies. I don't see why they would write a significant story arc for him when audiences have been following Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor for the past 2 years.

They botched the character in Avengers with Hawkeye's horrible story arc. I think they'll cut their losses and focus on the core 4 characters for the sequel - Iron Man, Cap. America, Thor, and Hulk. Hawkeye and Black Widow will be around but as supporting characters.
9:27PM on 12/20/2013
What about Baron Zemo? Although I have no objection of Baron Von Strucker as the villain, I just hope I'd get to see a live-action version of Baron Zemo.
What about Baron Zemo? Although I have no objection of Baron Von Strucker as the villain, I just hope I'd get to see a live-action version of Baron Zemo.
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7:25PM on 12/20/2013
In X-Men 162 (as told by flashback) it was Baron Strucker and not Sebastian Shaw (who in the movie was an alias for Dr. Klaus Schmidt) that Xavier and Magneto fought against after they first met.
In X-Men 162 (as told by flashback) it was Baron Strucker and not Sebastian Shaw (who in the movie was an alias for Dr. Klaus Schmidt) that Xavier and Magneto fought against after they first met.
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7:17PM on 12/20/2013
This is cool, I guess. But in reference to the "jam packed" nature of the film, here's to hoping the screenwriters make it up to Jeremy Renner for nullifying his character for most of the first Avengers flick.
This is cool, I guess. But in reference to the "jam packed" nature of the film, here's to hoping the screenwriters make it up to Jeremy Renner for nullifying his character for most of the first Avengers flick.
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6:16PM on 12/20/2013
What is this? 4 hours?
What is this? 4 hours?
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5:57PM on 12/20/2013
Jesus Christ, why is it every time a comic book movie says a new character will get involved everyone goes "What is this? 4 hours?" Movies with big casts come out all the time. Can we stop with the sky is falling nonsense.
Jesus Christ, why is it every time a comic book movie says a new character will get involved everyone goes "What is this? 4 hours?" Movies with big casts come out all the time. Can we stop with the sky is falling nonsense.
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6:19PM on 12/20/2013
I'd agree that it tends to get blown out of proportion pretty quickly. I think the thing here is that unlike a romcom or such film filled with tons of actors/actresses, you have producers that want to see if they can take every character from this upcoming movie and then spin off their own solo adventures afterwards. IE: if we introduce Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, maybe we can give them their own flick. With that in mind, they probably don't want to "limit" anybody's screen time. Kinda
I'd agree that it tends to get blown out of proportion pretty quickly. I think the thing here is that unlike a romcom or such film filled with tons of actors/actresses, you have producers that want to see if they can take every character from this upcoming movie and then spin off their own solo adventures afterwards. IE: if we introduce Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, maybe we can give them their own flick. With that in mind, they probably don't want to "limit" anybody's screen time. Kinda confusingly put, but just my two cents
5:26AM on 12/21/2013
" unlike a romcom or such film filled with tons of actors/actresses, you have producers that want to see if they can take every character from this upcoming movie and then spin off their own solo adventures afterwards."

If this was any other studio that would be true, but Marvel is the exception to the rule as they've clearly that they have no plans to move beyond 2-3 films per year. If they wanted to go the spin-off route they easily could have released Nick Fury, Black Widow and War
" unlike a romcom or such film filled with tons of actors/actresses, you have producers that want to see if they can take every character from this upcoming movie and then spin off their own solo adventures afterwards."

If this was any other studio that would be true, but Marvel is the exception to the rule as they've clearly that they have no plans to move beyond 2-3 films per year. If they wanted to go the spin-off route they easily could have released Nick Fury, Black Widow and War Machine films by now.
5:44PM on 12/20/2013
A four hour Avengers movie would be epic.
A four hour Avengers movie would be epic.
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