Thomas Kretschmann, who plays Abraham van Helsing on NBC’s Dracula,  has been cast in a villain role for Joss Whedon's highly anticipated Marvel movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron. According to Variety the villain he will be playing is Baron Wolfgang von Strucker. Not familiar with the character? Here's a brief rundown,

Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, a former Nazi officer, was one of the leaders of Hydra and an enemy of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Avengers, and the interests of the United States of America and of the free world in general. He was physically augmented to be nearly ageless and was seemingly killed in the past to return to plague the world with schemes of world domination and genocide time and time again.

The other villain in the film is Ultron, who will be played by James Spader. For more information on who Baron Wolfgang von Strucker is click here. Production on the sequel starts next month, and it's set to hit theaters on May 1st, 2015.