One of the latest additions to Marvel Studios' growing big-screen rogues gallery may appear in more than just Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Marvel fans were delighted to hear that German actor Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong, NBC's Dracula) had been signed to play Baron Wolfgang von Strucker in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, with the former Nazi officer and HYDRA leader having a long history (first appearance: Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #5 in 1964) as a foe of the Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D. and the forces of good in general.
But, while the Baron doesn't figure to have a very large role in the Avengers sequel (it's rumored that he'll show up in an opening action/battle sequence), there may be more for Strucker to do in the future. Kretschmann told B.Z. Berlin:
"I have a multi-picture deal which means I will not only appear in (Age of Ultron), but they’re planning with me for a longer period of time. I don’t know details yet, they’re keeping their cards close to their chest -- top secret!"
As always with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the possibilities are intriguing. Kretschmann seemed to indicate in the same interview that he has already filmed something with Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon, which could mean either a post-credits tag for Captain America: The Winter Soldier -- connecting that film to Age of Ultron -- or even a tag for Age of Ultron itself, which could set up Strucker to return in a presumed Captain America 3. Certainly the character's history would allow for him to easily leap into a future Cap standalone movie.
Or he may never show up again, which can also happen no matter how many movies an actor is signed up for. But, with Strucker confirmed for Age of Ultron, would you like to see this long-running Marvel villain turn up in other movies down the line?