Yo yo ladies and gents of the interweb, time for some new film news and today it relates to the second Avengers film with their being some new casting news. The following information comes from superherohype:
“The Hollywood Reporter has learned that “Dracula” star Thomas Kretschmann has been cast as a “major villain” in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, which they say is none other than Baron Wolfgang von Strucker. The site also notes that Kretschmann’s deal to portray Strucker is for multiple films and not solely The Avengers sequel. Strucker was originally rumored to appear in the movie last month, and it now appears he will join the villain Ultron, played by James Spader, in the highly-anticipated sequel.
Strucker first appeared in 1964’s “Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos.” A former Nazi officer, Strucker’s body is host to the “Death Spore Virus,” which gives him powerful healing abilities and has stopped his aging. If he dies, however, the virus can go airborne and wipe out all life on Earth.”
To this I say “cool”. To be honest I am liking most of the choices Marvel Studios re making with their choice of characters to include in their films, especially the villains who are larger than life characters and have a wealth of material to draw from. While I’m not overly familiar with Von Strucker’s backstory, I have seen him in The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and he was pretty badass in that show.
From the research that I’ve done (on Wikipedia obviously) this character sounds pretty awesome and would fit into the MCU really well. I mean Von Strucker has the ability to stay at the peak of physical human condition while ageing a lot slower and he’s super smart and has all these great fighting abilities too. I feel like there are some great connections to be made to Captain America due to Strucker being from that era with the Nazis and HYDRA too. Since Ultron is the main villain I wonder how Strucker will factor into this, whether him and Ultron with be baddies together or if one uses the other for evil goals? The possibilities are endless.
And while I’m not familiar with Kretschmann’s work, he’s actually been in a good few films I’ve seen including Blade 2, Downfall and King Kong (2005). Too bad I don’t remember him, I’m normally good with faces, I’m sure he’ll do fine.
So what do you think of this casting news? Drop your comments below! 🙂