Kretschmann Gets Multiple Marvel Films as Wolfgang von Strucker
by Ethan Anderton
March 3, 2014
Back in January, we learned that King Kong and Stalingrad star Thomas Kretschmann had signed on for a villain role in The Avengers: Age of Ultron as Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, Nazi officer who becomes one of the heads of HYDRA, the terrorist group from Captain America: The First Avenger. Now it sounds like Kretschmann will be sticking around the Marvel universe for more than one film as an interview with THR has the actor revealing "I have a multi-picture deal which means I will not only appear in [Age of Ultron], but they’re planning with me for a longer period of time.” Sounds like set up for Captain America 3.
Kretschmann says, "I don’t know details yet, they’re keeping their cards close to their chest — top secret!” However, Badass Digest says, "Von Strucker appears in the opening scene of The Avengers: Age of Ultron and is quickly apprehended by our heroes, but he does not die. He doesn't wear that tacky green HYDRA uniform in the movie, but he does sport a trademark monocle…" That certainly sounds like a set-up for an appearance in a later film. Strucker is more of a Captain America villain than anything, so it would make sense for him to pop up in the next installment of that particular franchise.
At the same time, Marvel makes multi-film deals just in case they end up wanting to use certain talents again later down the line. If anything, it's more of a safeguard so they don't have to renegotiate when the time comes to bring a character back into the Marvel universe. While there's always a grand plan at Marvel Studios, there are certain details they don't mind playing with and changing around. Will Kretschmann end up playing a bigger role later in the Marvel universe? We'll be waiting to find out in 2015.