Thomas Kretschmann Talks Baron von Strucker in ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’

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Thomas Kretschmann in Valkyrie Thomas Kretschmann Talks Baron von Strucker in The Avengers: Age of Ultron
There are four movies based on Marvel Comics properties opening in theaters in 2014: Captain America: The Winter Soldier will show up in April, Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past in May, with August’s Guardians of the Galaxy perhaps serving as a direct lead-in to The Avengers: Age of Ultron in May 2015.

Much of the most recent news on Age of Ultron has revolved around some of the early set footage and confirmation of the various international shooting location, along with the casting of the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S. himself, Paul Bettany, as the Vision. And later this month, an ABC special will debut footage from the sequel.

When it comes to the villains, James Spader will portray the titular evil android Ultron, and will be joined by Thomas Kretschmann (Van Helsing in NBC’s Dracula) as HYDRA member Baron von Strucker. Not much is known about von Strucker’s role in Age of Ultron, but we have new details about Kretschmann’s involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole.

Speaking to B.Z. Berlin (by way of CBM), Kretschmann confirmed that he will be in more than one Marvel Studios film, but appears know about as much as you or I about the story details:

“I have a multi-picture deal which means I will not only appear in the 2nd part, but they’re planning with me for a longer period of time. But I don’t know details yet, they’re keeping their cards close to their chest – top secret!”

Classic Baron Strucker Marvel Comics Thomas Kretschmann Talks Baron von Strucker in The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Kretschmann is no stranger to big budget productions, having appeared in Bryan Singer’s World War II drama Valkyrie as well as Peter Jackson’s King Kong remake, but evidently being cast in The Avengers sequel was nerve-wracking. According to Kretschmann:

“Oh yes, I was nervous. I was overprepared; then on the set I went up to Joss Whedon, who passes for a genius, and said ‘this is my first day, this is huge, please have patience with me, I’m a bit nervous.’ ”

Kretschmann’s confirmation about a multi-picture deal is interesting, but given Marvel’s pattern of locking down actors across a span of films, not surprising. Unless Kretschmann is referring to rehearsals or other pre-production commitments, it sounds like he’s already shot a portion of his role.

One big question is whether or not Baron von Strucker will actually be introduced somehow in the upcoming Captain America 2. The character is traditionally a HYDRA villain and adversary of Captain America, although he has worked with Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch and even helped Black Widow become a dangerous assassin.

Kretschmann’s multi-picture contract definitely means he’ll be involved in projects beyond Age of Ultron, but it’s entirely possible – perhaps even likely – that he’ll be teased in The Winter Soldier and/or Guardians of the Galaxy. When ABC airs their special on the Marvel films later this month, we might know more.


Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

Source: CBM

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  1. He looks the part, and I’m sure his appearance in Age of Ultron will be a mere introduction to his future role as Von Strucker in Cap 3. I can’t remember him in King Kong or any other movie though… pretty underrated actor, don’t you think?

    Oh and from his interview, he actually hinted that he might be appearing before the movie, most probably in the end credit of Winter Soldier. Can’t wait to see him! 😀

    Now to get back to my Oscar tweet viewing hahaha

    • He is the Captain from King Kong, he was also in Downfall.

  2. at least this actor will look menacing as von strucker like michael shannon was as general
    zod vs casting a wimpy looking jesse eisenberg as a anoxeric looking lex luther, LOL.

    • I didn’t actually think Michael Shannon looked all that menacing to be honest.

      Don’t have to look menacing to be menacing though. Just look at Jeff Bridges in Iron Man.

      • Watch the movie Bug with Shannon and Ashley Judd, one of the most uncomfortable and craziest roles I’ve seen. He doesn’t look menacing in MoS, it’s his plans and what drives him that made him menacing and scary.

  3. Underrated good actor.

  4. Actually, there are 5 movies based on marvel properties that are being released in theaters in 2014, you forgot big hero 6 that comes out this november… Sorry, but it really pisses me off that everyone is always forgetting about that movie

    • Guardians of the Galaxy is a more well known title than Big Hero Six. That’s really saying something

    • They might have meant “live action” movies.

  5. I could be a sucker for Baron Von Strucker!
    Glad he’s a part of this movie.

  6. I can see him only having a 3 picture deal. Cameo in Cap2, full role in Avengers 2, and a role in Cap3.

    Who knows though. I can’t wait for the film. He’s gonna be nasty. He’s played a German like 7 times already. He’s got this down.

    • Maybe because he’s German…

  7. I’m still pretty excited to have Kretschmann involved in the Marvel properties and as a villain. I know I’m going to enjoy his performance and do hope he’ll make a wider appearance in Capt 3 (as well all know Ultron will be the main villain focus in A2) but I was always hoping in Capt 3, Capt would face off against Zemo!

    Heck…maybe we could luck out and have Strucker, Zola, and Zemo. One can only dream.

  8. he create ultron?

  9. Am i the only one who thinks the reinclusion of Hydra in AoU and other films gives more credence to the speculation that Redford is Red Skull in disguise? It would make even more sense now.

    • Actually, I think you’re right.

    • While that could be a possibility, it’s not too absurd to think HYDRA would re-appear in modern day times. They were around in WWII, and have dropped off the radar with no other mention. Obviously they didn’t all die, so they must have continued their legacy in secret (Speculation: I bet if Ant-Man also flashes back to the 60’s, Pym could have been on secret missions (hence no-one knowing about him in present day), and some of those involved killing HYDRA officials/agents/spies etc.)). The fact Kretschmann is playing a member of HYDRA solidifies the fact they’re active and around.

      • Boy this post proved to be more right on the money then realized lol. Well done to Marvel and TWS. Honestly, it was a brilliant move and gave Agents of Shield new life as well. Cant wait to see Baron von Strucker in AoU now!

  10. I like this guy, I remember him best as Damaskinos from Blade 2 and the Umbrella commander from Resident Evil Apocalypse. He is a smooth operator, I already love him in this role.