Consider it double-confirmed: there will be no Loki in writer/director Joss Whedon’s Marvel sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron. While Whedon already addressed the issue previously, saying he didn’t want to repeat himself by having Tom Hiddleston’s love-to-hate-him villain back in the mix for The Avengers 2, we’ve now got confirmation straight from Hiddleston’s mouth about the non-appearance. The Avengers are likely to have their hands full anyway considering the fact that the robot menace Ultron will be causing considerable mayhem in the sequel, and Whedon is already adding at least two new superheroes to the mix with Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. That being said, Hiddleston’s Shakespearean delivery and charm will surely be missed.
Hit the jump to read Hiddleston’s comments regarding Loki not appearing in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Speaking with EW, Hiddleston confirmed that he will not be appearing in Whedon’s Avengers sequel:
“[Loki’s] not in it. Here’s the thing: I don’t think there’s anything else Loki could contribute to The Avengers, narratively. Joss gave me so many wonderful things to do in that first film that we’d only be trying to repeat ourselves, and probably less well in the second one.”
While unfortunate, both Hiddleston and Whedon are right. It’s much more interesting to see the Avengers face a new threat rather than dealing with Loki’s mischief once again. However, Hiddleston spoke about how the character’s presence will still be felt for years to come:
“When I think of all the things I loved as a child, for example, Hans Gruber wasn’t in Die Hard 2. And in Indiana Jones, by the time he moved from the Lost Ark to the Temple of Doom, there was a whole new bad guy. I think keeping it fresh and new is good for The Avengers even though it’s a shame for me. And let’s face it, there’s seven or eight of them as it is, and Joss is thinking about adding two more, so the screen’s gonna be a busy place. But I had the time of my life on that film. It was the most fun ever.”
Obviously we haven’t see the last of Loki, as he plays a part in this November’s Thor: The Dark World. While the first trailer for the film didn’t tease much of Loki, the footage we saw at Comic-Con hinted at some major developments in his relationship with his brother. Moreover, this is the comics world we’re talking about, so who’s to say Loki doesn’t pop up again in another Marvel film down the line or even The Avengers 3?