Just last week it was unofficially confirmed that Don Cheadle (House of Lies) may get his wish of joining his armored partner Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) onscreen again in The Avengers: Age of Ultron after their box office smash buddy cop adventure in Iron Man 3. For a roster of heroes that's seemingly growing, the villainous Ultron (James Spader) may need some backup in his vendetta against Earth's Mightiest, and backup he shall get.
It's not just the dangerous AI - that may or not be created in part by Tony Stark - that The Avengers need to re-assemble to defeat. With next spring's Captain America: The Winter Soldier serving as a bridge of sorts between The Avengers 1 and 2, there's a lot more at play. We know the secretive S.H.I.E.L.D. organization is on shaky ground, and part of that we can expect has to do with the return of familiar enemy faction - a faction that may show up in The Avengers: Age of Ultron as well.
Latino-Review has the scoop on another villain that Marvel Studios is looking to cast for The Avengers: Age of Ultron and if true, we can expect the evil organization known as H.Y.D.R.A. to re-surface after their first appearance in Captain America: The First Avenger. The insider info reveals that Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, another Hydra villain from Captain America's WWII days will pop up in The Avengers sequel.
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Click here for a High-Res image of Baron Strucker for the Captain America movie tie-in game.
Recognizable by his facial scarring, Baron Strucker uses a combination of HYDRA supersoldier serums and a special bionic arm (called the Satan's Claw) to maintain his strength and youth throughout the ages. The ex-Nazi served in both World Wars, carries a sword and is dangerous in every sense of the word, as a melee, ranged or undercover combatant/spy. Having this character in The Avengers sequel but not introduced The Winter Soldier would seem an odd choice for the obvious reasons of being able to include him flashbacks for both Cap (from the WWII days) and in flashbacks with Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson) - a character Strucker helped become the dangerous assassin she's renowned as.
Knowing how The Mandarin was adapted in Iron Man 3, Strucker's abilities and history from Marvel Comics may have nothing to do with his onscreen incarnation but LR's scoop also points to two actors Marvel is interested in for the part that fit their casting call for someone in their forties: Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible II) and Marton Csokas (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For).
The handsome gentlemen share an obvious similar appearance. Now for some potential spoilers...
Captain America: The Winter Soldier releases on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 31, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.
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