Age of Ultron scores another baddie. But which one?

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Jan 15, 2014, 1:54 PM EST (Updated)

You didn't think Ultron would be the only villain, did you? 

Yes, naturally the Big Bad of the Avengers sequel, Age of Ultron, is probably going to be the titular robot. But it would be kind of weird if it was just about him, wouldn't it? Especially since there will likely be even more members of the Avengers team the next go-round.

We confess, though, that the villain that was just announced is not the one we were expecting. According to The Wrap, Thomas Kretschmann (who is currently on NBC's Dracula) will be taking on the role of classic Captain America baddie Baron Wolfgang von Strucker. And if you're wondering "Who?", the bullet points are as follows:

  • He was a leader of HYDRA.
  • He's had his fair share of augmentation of the years, so he's old, but still plenty spry.
  • He's had some serious clashes with both Captain America and Nick Fury.

Oh, and on the note of Nick Fury, what makes this such an accidentally funny choice is the fact that Strucker was the bad guy in the made-for-TV movie Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., starring David Hasselhoff.

Whether or not Kretschmann's version of Strucker will be anything like the comic version remains to be seen. We're curious to see how he'll fit into Age of Ultron. Will HYDRA be in some way responsible for the existence of Ultron? Or will Strucker just be someone for Steve and Nick to quickly dispatch? The only thing we have to go on right now is the following description:

...a Nazi officer working for terrorist organization HYDRA who runs up against both Captain America (Chris Evans) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).

Speculations welcome, so tell us what you're hoping will happen.

(via Comic Book Movie)

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