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It is now 2014, which means that production for Marvel’s hugely anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron is set to start in the coming months. Writer and director Joss Whedon is expanding his already-packed ensemble cast from the first film, which will include four new characters.
The latest addition is actor Thomas Kretschmann (Stalingrad, Valkyrie), who THR reports will take on the role of Baron von Strucker; leader of the organization HYDRA.
HYDRA should already sound familiar to fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, as it was introduced in Captain America: The First Avenger (at that time led by Hugo Weaving’s character Red Skull). The HYDRA organization is also an arch-enemy of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is the backbone of the film series.
The casting choice of Kretschmann is refreshing to hear. He has a purely German accent, which will work wonders when he takes on a menacing villain like Baron von Strucker.
I’ve recently heard that a lot of people are concerned about Whedon casting so many people for the Avengers sequel, though I feel that, with the characters from the previous movies already well-established, it’s only best for there to be new characters introduced, especially with a new batch of films set for release soon after Age of Ultron.
Recently, star Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow) said that she praises the film’s script, which she calls “dark” and “cerebral”. She also explained how it is apparent that the sequel will be very original, and will feel like a successful next installment, saying how “It doesn’t feel like a rehashing, it feels like these characters are moving forward, plotlines are moving forward”.
Who else is looking forward to this film as much as I am?
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for release on May 1st, 2015, directed by Joss Whedon, and starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johannson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Colbie Smulders, James Spader and Samuel L. Jackson.
Written by Josh Sazin on January 15th, 2014, with links to The Hollywood Reporter and Cinemablend.com