Marvel news has been busy this weekend, with one big piece of casting news finally confirmed, and a rumour has been flying around of a possible new villain joining The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
First up, Vin Diesel has finally been confirmed to be voicing Groot in director James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
Diesel posted the above pic of himself of Twitter with the tree-like Groot, and director Gunn had this to say about the character:
“Yep it is completely official. AND he’s amazing. I never knew someone could say I AM GROOT so many different ways and with such feeling (and that sounds like I’m kidding but I’m not!)”
Gunn continued by praising Diesel:
“Vin Diesel is a super awesome dude. I can’t tell you how much I like this guy”
Marvel issued an official statement:
Vin Diesel is Groot!The star of the Fast and the Furious and Riddick franchises will lend his voice to Groot in Marvel’s live-action “Guardians of the Galaxy,” rounding out the team that includes Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax (Dave Bautista). Featured in four of the six movies in the fan-favorite “Fast & Furious” franchise, Diesel has helped the series gross over $2 billion at the box office; and will reprise his role in “Fast & Furious 7.” Diesel’s most recent film, “Riddick,” the third film in the franchise that has so far earned a cumulative $267.3 million across the globe, debuted this year at the top of the box office.
In addition to lending his voice to several video games, Diesel’s received great acclaim for his voice work in the celebrated animated film “The Iron Giant,” directed by Brad Bird. In the far reaches of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, an unlikely cast of characters including Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Groot and Rocket Raccoon must join forces to defeat a cosmic force of epic proportions. Directed by James Gunn, the live-action “Guardians of the Galaxy” will take fans to new corners of the Marvel Universe when it hits theaters August 1, 2014, but in the meantime stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest news as it breaks, including official casting, first looks and more!
In addition to “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on April 4, 2014; “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015; and “Ant-Man” on July 31, 2015.
A rumour has also been flying around this weekend of a new villain joining The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Both Latino Review (who are usually right) and HitFix are claiming that the Nazi terrorist Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker (above) is in the running to cause The Avengers some problems. Both sites also claim that Von Strucker will be responsible for bringing both Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) into the fray, and initially Witch and Quicksilver will be on his side, before later fighting side by side with The Avengers.
Von Strucker is one of the leaders of HYDRA, the terrorist organization in Captain America: The First Avenger. Strucker was a Nazi who helped form HYDRA in the comics, and it could very well be established that he was behind the Red Skull’s actions in the first Captain America film as well. Though ageless thanks to an age-resistant serum, the Baron is basically a goose-stepping mixture of brain and brawn. A former Nazi soldier and one of H.Y.D.R.A.’s leaders, Strucker has been physically augmented to the point of achieving near invulnerability and an impressive healing factor that allows him to cheat death time and again.
It is thought that his character may play a small part in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Apparently Marvel are looking for a “PHYSICALLY IMPOSING MAN, age range 40-50, Caucasian, for a supporting role“. Both Dougray Scott and Marton Csokas have been rumoured for the role.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in cinemas May 1st 2015.