‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Recruits A New Villain

Power down, Ultron — you’re not the only villain targeting “The Avengers.”

“The Blacklist” actor James Spader voices the android antagonist in “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” hitting theaters in 2015. But he’s not the only bad guy in the mix. Latino-Review.com reports
that Joss Whedon’s super-sequel has a second villain in the picture:
Baron Von Strucker, the menacing leader of HYDRA, the evil organization
previously featured in “Captain America: The First Avenger.”

A further report from HitFix.com states
that Von Strucker will be Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch’s commander in
the “Avengers” sequel; Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen occupy
those roles, respectively.

Actors Dougray Scott and Marton Csokas are reportedly in contention
for the Von Strucker role. Not to mess with Marvel’s mojo, but neither
actor really “pops” in the same way as, say, Spader as Ultron. With that
in mind, Marvel, here are a few other names to mull while considering
the Von Strucker casting process:

Bryan Cranston

Quick, before Superman gets to him! Yes, the “Breaking Bad” star is the
easy and obvious answer to play just about anybody this side of Mary
Jane Watson. (Honestly, Andrew Garfield would probably be on board for
Cranston as MJ.) But, really, in the case of Baron Von Strucker, there
are few better options.

Cranston fits the Von Strucker mold, as outlined in the character’s
reported breakdown. He plays nasty better than nearly everybody. He
looks good without hair. But best part of all? He would complete the
“Avengers”-”Godzilla” connection, playing a paternal figure to
Taylor-Johnson and Olsen in both films. It’s worth casting Cranston for
that sight gag alone.

Mads Mikkelsen

He was almost Malekith in “Thor: The Dark World,” so both Mikkelsen and
Marvel have shown interest in working together. With that foot already
in the door, Von Strucker presents the perfect opportunity for the two
parties to take it to the next level.

Mikkelsen has the perfect résumé for the gig: He’s a former “Bond”
villain, he has that deadly Eastern European vibe, and he already has
Von Strucker’s shifty-eyed glare on lock. Not only that, but it would be
great to see two of TV’s finest villains take their terrorizing talents
to the big-screen. (Spader plays Red Reddington on “The Blacklist,”
while Mikkelsen is the titular cannibal on “Hannibal.”)

Ralph Fiennes

Hey, if Robert Redford can star in a Marvel movie, then Ralph Fiennes
isn’t too big to get his super-villain on. After all, he played the
make-up-heavy Voldemort in five out of eight “Harry Potter” films.
Casting aside the Dark Lord’s slit-nosed visage in favor of Von
Strucker’s comparatively plain aesthetic would be a piece of cake.

As for his qualifications, well, they speak loud and clear all on
their own. Fiennes is one of the finest actors in the business, and
truly one of the best when it comes to playing someone ruthless. If
Marvel wants to inject some more star-power into the “Avengers” sequel,
casting Fiennes could be the way to go.

“The Avengers: Age of Ultron” hits theaters on May 1, 2015.

 – MTV

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