It's not really a superhero movie unless there's more that one bad guy.
Ultron, the super-powerful robot/artificial intelligence/whatever he ends up being, won't be the only formidable foe that Earth's Mightiest Heroes must face in "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" as Thomas Kretschmann, star of TV's "Dracula," has been cast as another antagonist in the comic book sequel.
Sources say that Kretschmann will be playing the role of Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker, a high-ranking officer of HYDRA, the organization run by Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) in "Captain America: The First Avenger" (2011). Von Strucker was first rumored to be a featured character in the "Avengers" sequel last month, and word hath it that he'll somehow be linked to two new members of the superhero team, Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen).
In the comics, Von Strucker has a healing ability similar to Wolverine's that allows him to cheat death time and time again. We hope the Hulk smashes him against a wall a few times to test the limitations of that power.
Thomas Kretschmann currently plays the role of Van Helsing on NBC's "Dracula" and recently played the Count himself in "Dario Argento's Dracula" (2012). He also played the ship captain in Peter Jackson's "King Kong" (2005) and will be seen next month in "Stalingrad."
"The Avengers: Age of Ultron" will hit theaters on May 1, 2015.