According to The Hollywood Reporter, German actor Thomas Kretschmann has joined the cast of the anticipated sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Kretschmann, who appears as Abraham van Helsing on NBC’s Dracula, has signed on to portray the comic villain Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, a Nazi officer who becomes involved with the terrorist group from Captain America: The First Avenger.
According to Wikipedia, Strucker is “a highly intelligent man in peak human physical condition. He is an exceptional hand-to-hand combatant, swordsman, and marksman. He is also a consummate military strategist and spy, and a master of disguise and excellent actor. He carries a sword and traditional firearms, but also wears the Satan Claw on his right hand: this metal gauntlet amplifies his strength and emits powerful electrical shocks.” In the comics, Strucker also gets infected with a virus that gives him super strength instead of killing him. He then has the power to use the virus as a source and a weapon.
It’s unclear as to how Strucker will fit in the film alongside Ultron, the main villain that’s set to be portrayed by James Spader (NBC’s The Blacklist). I’m sure Joss Whedon has a few tricks up his sleeve that’ll surely surprise us all when The Avengers: Age of Ultron arrives in theatres on May 1st, 2015.
Kretschmann has joined the cast that already includes Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Elizabeth Olsen.