Well looks as if James Spader’s Ultron won’t be the only villain in Avengers: The Age of Ultron. Variety is reporting that Thomas Kretschmann (NBC’s Van Helsing on Dracula) has been cast as Baron Wolfgang von Strucker. Baron Wolfgang von Strucker has been affiliated with both the Red Skull and HYDRA in the past. It will be interesting to see how Joss Whedon incorporates him into the sequel. In Joss we trust!
Who is Baron Wolfgang von Strucker? According to Marvel.com: “Born in the late 19th century to a noble Prussian family who had relocated to Bavaria following the Franco-Prussian War, Wolfgang von Strucker became a Heidelberg fencing champion, and was disfigured by facial scars. Strucker fought for Germany during World War I, during which he first encountered the jewel "Momentary Princess," which was fated to appear and disappear at regular intervals of time. Wolfgang pursued the jewel in the decades that followed. When Adolf Hitler rose to power in Germany in 1933, Baron Strucker joined the Nazi Party, becoming infamous in the following years. In 1936 he and Geist, one of Hitler's top men, allied themselves with the Egyptian mentalist Amahl Farouk-secretly the Shadow King-in an attempt to dispute the lineage of England's royal family and install a new king who would be sympathetic to the Nazis. Their plot was thwarted by the Canadian adventurer Logan and the time-traveling members of Excalibur, Kitty Pryde and Phoenix (Rachel Summers). In 1937, Strucker was sent to the United States to assassinate Senator Fulton, but he was foiled by brigand-for-hire Dominic Fortune”. Read the full Biography here on Marvel.com.
Avengers: Age of Ultron arrives May 1, 2015