Tom Hiddleston has confirmed that Loki will not appear in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The actor revealed to Total Film that he feels there is nothing more that the character can add to the story, and it is good for the film to keep things fresh.
“[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.”
“When I think of all the things I loved as a child. 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.”
Hiddleston’s Loki can next be seen in Thor: The Dark World, which opens in the UK on October 28. The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1 2015.