It was announced in January that German actor Thomas Kretschmann (Stalingrad) would be joining the cast of Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron as a classic Captain America villain, Baron Wolfgang von Strucker. Many have assumed that Baron Strucker would be more of a "level boss" or possibly even a throwaway character considering the tyrant robot Ultron is the "big bad," but Kretschmann recently disclosed to the German site BZ-Berlin that he signed a multi-picture deal with Marvel and that the studio has a "longer term" plan for his character. Additionally, Kretschmann revealed that he has already started shooting scenes with director Joss Whedon despite the fact that principal photography on Age of Ultron isn't slated to go into production until later this month. This has led many to speculate that the footage he has already shot might be for a post-credit scene in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
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