December 20, 2013
Baron Von Strucker Another Antagonist In AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON?
LatinoReview have been known for scooping superhero villains, they first revealed that Loki would be the main baddie in Avengers. Not to mention revealing a steady stream of other bad guys, including General Zod (Man of Steel) and Khan (Star Trek Into Darkness). They have yet another villain reveal, this one concerning Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Ultron (James Spader), Quicksilver (Aaron Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) aren't the only villains of the sequel. LR states that Marvel is aiming to add Baron Von Strucker to the mix, stating the villain will be the boss of Quicksilver and Scarlet. This leaves more questions than it answers. Does this mean the return of H.Y.D.R.A, Red Skull or setup Strucker for Captain America 3?
Stucker is a Captain America villain, but has also become a villain of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers. He resurrects H.Y.D.R.A., is the founding member of A.I.M. (introduced in Iron Man 3 by Killian) and has been involved with The Masters of Evil. It was rumored that Masters of Evil would play a role in the sequel, until Ultron was announced at Comic-Con. He was introduced during the WWII era of Captain America, and was originally included in early drafts of The First Avenger script. The villain also appears in the video game tie-in Captain America: Super Soldier, which was set in WWII and also included Madame Hydra (Viper, a version of her showed up in The Wolverine). At one point there was a rumor that Marvel was looking to cast Baron Zermo in Winter Soldier, that still remains to be seen.
LR is saying that Marvel is currently looking for actors to take the role, they even have names linked for Strucker, which include New Zealand actor Marton Csokas (Lord of The Rings, Kingdom of Heaven, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Noah, Sin City 2) and Scottish actor Dougray Scott (Hitman, Strike Back, MI2). These actors aren't locks but just names the site is hearing. Scott was originally set to play Wolverine in the first X-Men film, but would have to exit because of a delayed shoot on Mission: Impossible 2, leading to the casting of Hugh Jackman.
UPDATE: HitFix reports a few more details concerning the role, stating he'll be the first villain we see being thwarted by the Avengers in the opening scenes. Making the connection Strucker's appearance would be similar to a Bond opening-sequence, seeing 007 taking out a villain before the credits/theme song. This will also be our introduction to Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, as the twins work for him.