'King Kong' Star Thomas Kretschmann Joins 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'
After taking Carl Denham and his film crew to Skull Island in Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong, actor Thomas Krestschmann is heading into comic book territory. THR has word that the German actor is taking a major villain role in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. We already know that James Spader is playing the titular bad guy, a major adversary for The Avengers, but we're not surprised another villain will be involved. What's interesting is that he's supposed to play Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, Nazi officer who becomes one of the heads of HYDRA, the terrorist group from Captain America: The First Avenger.
For those who aren't familiar, Wikipedia describes Baron Strucker:
"…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 addition, the comic books have Strucker also getting infected with something called the Deathspore Virus. But rather than killing him, it gives him superhuman strength, limited invulnerability and healing power not unlike Captain America. The virus itself can also be expelled from his body in short distances, causing his victims to weaken, feel pain and even die. Thankfully, the virus seems to be incapable of killing superhuman or artificially enhanced beings, despite being able to hurt them.
Will this storyline come into play in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, along with the return of Bucky Barnes? It's hard to say if this version of the character will have the same details as in the comic books, so we're not sure what Joss Whedon has in store. Maybe there's some sort of flashback sequence that ties the past to the present in The Avengers sequel. Either way, it's a pretty big role for Krestchmann, who also stars in Russia's first IMAX 3D film Stalingrad, hitting US screens for one week in February. Thoughts?