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The Avengers: Age of Ultron Picks Up A Second Villain

A superhero movie with only one bad guy? Don’t be silly! The latest news has one of the stars of NBC’s Dracula taking a prominent role in The Avengers sequel while Scarlett Johansson tells us what to expect from the Joss Whedon film. 

The Hollywood Reporter says actor Thomas Kretschmann has signed on for a “major villain role” in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. He’s currently doing a run as Van Helsing on NBC’s Dracula (and coincidentally played Dracula in Dracula 3D) but you might recognize him from Wanted or Peter Jackson’s King Kong.

Considering James Spader is already set to play Ultron, who does that make Kretschmann? THR writes, “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.” Sources are also saying the deal is for several films, which isn’t all that surprising.

Johansson, soon to reprise her Black Widow role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, recently spoke with Parade Magazine about the Age of Ultron. She called the script “dark and dry,” and said it has an “amazing one-liner, glass-cutting sense of humor.”

“It doesn’t lose that exciting comic-book aspect that people enjoyed in the first film, but it’s smart and it feels like the next instalment. It doesn’t feel like a rehashing, it feels like these characters are moving forward, plot lines are moving forward,” she told them. “It’s deep and I think that’s why people really respond to the Marvel universe, because the films are fun and exciting and have all that flashy stuff, but there’s a gravity to them. People can expect that gravity this time around.”

(via Empire Magazine)

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  • Sara

    If its anything like the first Avengers, most likely I will end up seeing this one 7times in theaters too >>

  • Anonymous

    From what was rumored earlier, it’s supposedly a very small role. The report was that he starts off as a bad guy that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are working for, but gets taken down by the Avengers (or SHIELD).

    So it sounds like they’re using him in place of the Brotherhood of Mutants since Marvel doesn’t have film rights to them.

  • Katie Frederick

    Which when you consider Wanda and Pietro’s character backgrounds in the comics, having them work under a Nazi is /very/ interesting. That’s all kinds of messed up.

  • Ryan Colson

    Dark and dry…. but funny?

  • Anonymous

    Calling it now: They’re undercover Nazi hunters.

    I’m probably wrong, but the fun part is seeing how far wrong.

  • Pamela

    I think she means that the sense of humor is dry. The funny lines are delivered deadpan; basically how most of Joss’s works are humorous.

  • Anonymous

    Sure a monocle & Satan Claw are keen, but who’s going to play Baron Zemo? That magenta ski mask & chinchilla trim isn’t gonna wear itself!

  • Anonymous

    Whom do you think Robert Redford is?

  • Anonymous

    Well not Zemo because otherwise he’d have panache.
    My new favorite rumor is that he’ll be Arnim Zola’s robot body with a Toby Jones’s face on a screen on his stomach for some Kuato action.

  • Anonymous

    Are you saying Robert Redford doesn’t have panache, you communist hippie? :P

  • Important Film Maker

    Considering how old any remaining Nazis would be, I imagine an undercover Nazi-hunting role would involve alot of retirement home work.

  • Anonymous

    This is Marvel… they have a character that is literally a swarm of Nazi bees. I’m not going to get picky about age.

  • Jamie Jeans

    Just keep that sea of whiteness coming, Marvel… >_>

    Hell, even if Don Cheadle comes in as War Machine, it’s just him and Samuel L Jackson in a sea of vanilla…

  • Anonymous

    It’s not PC to cast white guys as Nazis anymore?

  • Jamie Jeans

    Apparently you did not read what I wrote… my main annoyance is that with the plethora of characters that Marvel has, we continuously get white guy after white guy after WHITE guy! Even the villains are all white guys!

    Hell, they whitewashed the Mandarin in Iron Man 3!

    Frankly, I get real bloody sick of seeing this kind of garbage response to any comment I make about the lack of diversity in Marvel movies.

    And no, having POC as sidekicks, as characters whose names are NOT in the title, is not the same thing, in case you were going to go there and point out Anthony Mack in the next Captain America movie, or Idris Elba in Thor The Dark World. I love that they’re there, as they’re great actors and they light up the screen, but I want more diversity in my superhero movies.