Marvel casts second villain for Avengers: Age of Ultron

marvel casts second villain avengers age ultron thomas kretschmann in king kong

Actor Thomas Kretschmann has signed on for the role of a major villain in Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, according to THR. Neither Marvel nor Kretchmann confirmed exactly who the 51-year old German actor will play, but sources speaking to THR – plus a pile of previous rumors – point to the role being Baron Wolfgang von Strucker.

Kretschmann is currently appearing as Abraham Van Helsing in the NBC TV show Dracula, but his film credits are extensive. He can currently be seen with Sharlto Copley in the horror suspense film Open Grave. He’s also in the Russian IMAX film Stalingrad, which opens in the US on February 28. Previous credits include voiceover work in Cars 2, and roles in Bryan Singer’s Valkyrie and Peter Jackson’s King Kong.

Assuming Kretschmann is in fact playing von Strucker, it supports earlier sources that claimed the character would appear in the Avengers sequel as a second major villain, along with Ultron. Since the character hasn’t officially been confirmed yet, it isn’t clear how he will be portrayed. In the comics though, Baron von Strucker is one of Captain America’s oldest enemies, going all the way back to World War II.

The comics character has survived through the decades thanks to several physical augmentations, along with serums developed by the organization Hydra, which von Strucker led for decades. In the Marvel film universe, Hydra was previously introduced in Captain America: The First Avenger as the Red Skull’s organization, so there is a chance we may see it return as well.

Kretschmann joins several new faces for the Avengers sequel, including Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who will appear as Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, respectively. They join James Spader, who plays Ultron – likely buried behind several million dollars worth of CGI. The majority of the cast from the original film also returns. Based on the continuity of the Marvel films, don’t be surprised to see supporting characters from the others pop in. Rumors suggest we may see cameos (or more) from Don Cheadle, Colonel James “War Machine” Rhodes in the Iron Man movies, and Anthony Mackie, who debuts in Captain America: Winter Soldier.

Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1, 2015.

Gaming

Once the dust settles, 'Fallout 76' will be a nuclear wasteland worth exploring

The launch of Fallout 76 has been nothing short of apocalyptic, but that doesn’t mean the game is dead on arrival. Bethesda has a path forward, paved by The Elder Scrolls Online, another game that suffered a rocky start.
Movies & TV

Brie Larson powers up in the latest 'Captain Marvel' trailer

Academy Award winner Brie Larson will play Captain Marvel in the upcoming Marvel Studios movie hitting theaters in March 2019. Here's everything we know about Marvel's first female-led superhero movie.
Movies & TV

Avengers 4 teaser trailer has finally arrived: Prepare for ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Marvel Studios has released the first teaser trailer for Avengers 4, which reveals the film's official title, Avengers: Endgame. The sequel to Avengers: Infinity War, the movie will now premiere in April 2019.
Movies & TV

Watch Jake Gyllenhaal realize he's not playing Spider-Man in 'Far From Home'

Despite some mystery surrounding Spider-Man's future after the events of Avengers: Infinity War, Spider-Man: Far From Home swings into theaters in July 2019. Here's everything we know about the movie so far.
Movies & TV

'Avengers: Endgame' title and new release date revealed in first trailer

The events of Avengers: Infinity War changed the Marvel Cinematic Universe in some big ways and left fans wondering how its heroes can possibly recover. Here's everything we know about Avengers: Endgame, the sequel to Infinity War.
Gaming

Joker from ‘Persona 5’ will take your heart in ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’

Joker, the leader of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts from Persona 5, will arrive to Super Smash Bros. as its first DLC character. The announcement was a surprising one, because Persona 5 is a PlayStation 4 exclusive.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Folding canoes and ultra-fast water filters

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Gaming

‘Magic: The Gathering’ enters esports relevance with $10 million prize pool

Wizards of the Coast is pushing Magic: The Gathering into esports relevance with a prize pool of $10 million across the tabletop version and Magic: The Gathering Arena. Will the game be able to compete with Hearthstone and Overwatch?
Deals

The best Nintendo Switch deals and bundles for December 2018

Looking to score Nintendo's latest hybrid console? We've smoked out the best Nintendo Switch deals right here, including discounts on stand-alone consoles, as well as bundles that feature games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Gaming

Get some bang for your buck with these Nintendo Switch console deals at Walmart

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are in the past, but you can still get some bang for your buck on game consoles before the holiday season is done. Walmart has various Nintendo Switch bundles on sale right now.
Product Review

‘Just Cause 4’ is mindless fun that leaves little room for much else

Just Cause 4 revels in explosions and over-the-top action, but its world feels empty and hollow. With few new ideas and a stale open world, it's a fun but shallow piece of escapism.
Gaming

‘CS:GO’ goes free-to-play and players are not happy about it

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), has gone free-to-play this week in a controversial move. Players are angry that the problem of cheating will get much worse now that anyone can make a disposable account to play.
Gaming

The most common Xbox One X problems, and how to fix them

The Xbox One X is a brilliant console, but it's not without its issues, ranging from simple annoyances to severe hardware problems. Here are common Xbox One X problems and how to fix them.
Gaming

How to delete and reinstall games on your Xbox One

Removing and reinstalling games on the Xbox One's hard drive isn't difficult, but it's a process that not everyone is familiar with. Thankfully, our guide will run you through each step so you'll know precisely what to do.