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Thomas Kretschmann will play Baron Von Strucker in The Avengers: Age of Ultron!

01.15.2014

The cast for THE AVENGERS sequel continues to grow, with German actor Thomas Kretchmann has signed on to play a "major villain" role in Joss Whedon's THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. Although it has yet to be confirmed which villain Kretchmann would be playing, it's likely that it will be Baron Von Strucker. Kretchmann previously starred in Peter Jackson's KING KONG, WANTED, VALKYRIE, OPEN GRAVE, and most recently appears in the Dracula TV series as Abraham Van Helsing.

From THR:

Sources say that Kretchmann will play Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, an antagonist for both Captain America (Chris Evans) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). In the comics, the man was a Nazi officer who becomes one of the heads of HYDRA, a terrorist organization.

We heard rumor of Strucker being the villain before and this seems to be the confirmation. Kretschmann IS German, so he's certainly got the right nationality for Strucker, but beyond that he's kind of perfect villain material with strong, rough features. I think he'll be a formidable villain for our Earth's Mightiest Heroes. With Scarlett Johansson's earlier comments on the script and the casting coming together, the anticipation for another Avengers film continues to boil under the kettle.

THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON hits on May 1, 2015.

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Extra Tidbit: Could this mean a possible appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier?
Source: THR

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11:59PM on 01/16/2014
Magneto fought Baron Strucker in X-Men #163. He also fought the Red Skull in Captain America #367. Magneto will @#$% up Nazis whenever he gets the chance.
Magneto fought Baron Strucker in X-Men #163. He also fought the Red Skull in Captain America #367. Magneto will @#$% up Nazis whenever he gets the chance.
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10:17PM on 01/16/2014
i hope he has the Satan Claw
i hope he has the Satan Claw
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2:43AM on 01/16/2014

Um, can you say "FUCK YEAH!"

Pretty big fan of Kretschmann and, like BigMatt said, always cool when a kick-ass character actor gets a major role in an awesome franchise.

As for how Whedon & Co. could handle the character himself...This is Fury's #1 Nemesis. Think of it this way...what Von Strucker is to Nick Fury is what The Joker is to Batman.

Hopefully, they'll also choose to include from the comic book lore...is the fact that it was the good Baron who originally trained Scarlett Johannson's Natasha Romanoff (Black
Pretty big fan of Kretschmann and, like BigMatt said, always cool when a kick-ass character actor gets a major role in an awesome franchise.

As for how Whedon & Co. could handle the character himself...This is Fury's #1 Nemesis. Think of it this way...what Von Strucker is to Nick Fury is what The Joker is to Batman.

Hopefully, they'll also choose to include from the comic book lore...is the fact that it was the good Baron who originally trained Scarlett Johannson's Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) to be a master assassin.

Fuck Yeah! (sorry, had to say it again) Sooo stoked that Baron is now confirmed to be in "Ultron"!...Hurry up May 1st, 2015!
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8:13PM on 01/15/2014
Very encouraging casting.
Very encouraging casting.
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6:09PM on 01/15/2014
Great casting, this guy has been good in most of what I've seen him in (especially that tv movie about Pope John Paul II). However, this brings me to a question I've been thinking about. Does Ultron create an army of robots or something to battle the Avengers? It will seem strange to have 5-7 Avengers fight one villain. I don't read the comics.
Great casting, this guy has been good in most of what I've seen him in (especially that tv movie about Pope John Paul II). However, this brings me to a question I've been thinking about. Does Ultron create an army of robots or something to battle the Avengers? It will seem strange to have 5-7 Avengers fight one villain. I don't read the comics.
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4:09PM on 01/15/2014

I wonder if he'll be introduced in a post-credit scene for Captain America

Reports have indicated that he's only going to be in the opening of Age of Ultron with the Avengers assembling to defeat him which leads to us being introduced to both Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch--similar to a James Bond opening only to have Strucker return later in the Marvel Universe.
Reports have indicated that he's only going to be in the opening of Age of Ultron with the Avengers assembling to defeat him which leads to us being introduced to both Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch--similar to a James Bond opening only to have Strucker return later in the Marvel Universe.
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2:44PM on 01/15/2014
Great casting again by Marvel.

And man, I love that HYDRA logo.
Great casting again by Marvel.

And man, I love that HYDRA logo.
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2:05PM on 01/15/2014
Cool casting. I'm actually quite looking forward to seeing Strucker and Hydra play a part in the Marvel cinematic universe. (I guess Hydra were in Captain America, but it'll be cool to see their contemporary iteration)
Cool casting. I'm actually quite looking forward to seeing Strucker and Hydra play a part in the Marvel cinematic universe. (I guess Hydra were in Captain America, but it'll be cool to see their contemporary iteration)
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1:23PM on 01/15/2014
Very nice!
Very nice!
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1:06PM on 01/15/2014

Aww

No love for Campbell Lane?.... (anyone even get that ref?)
No love for Campbell Lane?.... (anyone even get that ref?)
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2:10PM on 01/15/2014
ha! too bad he's like 80
ha! too bad he's like 80
3:49PM on 01/15/2014
Campbell Lane was von Strucker in the 1998 Nick Fury TV movie. Clever.
Campbell Lane was von Strucker in the 1998 Nick Fury TV movie. Clever.
12:47PM on 01/15/2014
This is great casting. The guy is a great actor and delivers every week on Dracula. Can't wait!
This is great casting. The guy is a great actor and delivers every week on Dracula. Can't wait!
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12:46PM on 01/15/2014
You can usually count on Kretschmann for a solid performance, and it's good to see him land a high profile role.
You can usually count on Kretschmann for a solid performance, and it's good to see him land a high profile role.
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