Avengers: Age Of Ultron adds Baron Strucker… and Hydra?

Is Baron Strucker the father of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver in Joss Whedon’s Avengers 2?

Baron Strucker as depicted by the legendary Jim Steranko
Baron Strucker as depicted by the legendary Jim Steranko

According to Variety, Dracula star Thomas Kretschmann has been added to the cast of Avengers: Age Of Ultron as the villainous Baron Strucker.

Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby for Sgt Fury And His Howling Commandos #5 (1964), Baron Wolfgang von Strucker was the Red Skull’s second in command and later leader of the green-clad terrorist organisation Hydra, all of which ties in neatly with plot threads left unresolved in Captain America: The First Avenger.

Rumours that in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Strucker could wind up as the parents of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch also have a nice symmetry as the comic-book Strucker also had twins – Andrea and Andreas von Strucker, aka Fenris and Swordsman.

Like Wanda and Pietro, Andrea and Andeas were mutants, but their mutation was a result of their father’s genetic tampering with their embryos, which could be neat way of sidestepping the Magneto parentage and mutant heritage that 20th Century Fox’s X-Men films effectively bars Marvel Studios from using.

The Avengers: Age Of Ultron is due in cinemas 1 May 2015. You can buy Avengers Assemble on DVD for £10.99 or on Blu-ray for £14.99 from Amazon.co.uk.

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