Thomas Kretschmann as Abraham Van Helsing in the NBC Series "Dracula". Photo Credit: NBC

Marvel Casts ‘Dracula’ Actor as Villain in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

We are still over a year away from the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron; however, that doesn’t stop the juicy details from coming out. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel has cast Thomas Kretschmann to play a “major villain role” in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

You may recognize Kretschmann’s name. Currently, he plays the role of Abraham Van Helsing on the hit NBC Series Dracula.

The Hollywood Reporter’s sources say that Kretschmann will play the role of Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, a pain in the side of both Captain America, who is played by Chris Evans, and Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson. According to the comic books, Strucker was a Nazi officer who eventually became one of the heads of HYDRA. He is an enemy of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Avengers, and pretty much everyone in general.

Baron Wolfgang von Strucker is not the first new character they have introduced into the Avengers universe. In Age of Ultron, The Following’s Kevin Bacon has been cast in the main villain role, the sentient artificial intelligence robot Ultron.

In addition to Ultron, Marvel has brought on Godzilla’s Elizabeth Olsen and Kick-AssAaron Taylor-Johnson as the brother/sister duo Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is being directed by God of Geek Joss Whedon, who wrote the script for the film as well.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is scheduled to be released on May 1, 2015.

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