Joss Whedon has not ruled out killing off a character in his upcoming Avengers sequel.
The director admitted that he would need a “really good reason” to kill one of the superheroes, but did not remove the option entirely.
“I’m always joking about [death]…..Um… maybe? But I’d have to have a really good reason, a really great sequence for [Marvel executives] to go, ‘We’ll cut off a potential franchise, that’s fine!’ They know, as any good studio does, that without some stakes, some real danger, how involved can we get? We don’t just rule it out across the board, but neither is the mission statement ‘Who can we kill?’ We try to build the story organically and go, ‘How hard can we make it on these people?’
Whedon also once again confirmed that Tom Hiddleston would not return in the sequel as Loki.
“Every movie is going to be a different villain. Loki’s awesome, and he is awesome in Thor 2. But The Avengers is a different thing. I worked with Tom more than any other actor [in the last film], because he was the only villain and there were six heroes. And he was as great as anyone I’ve ever worked with, and I get why people loved the character. But it’s an Avengers movie.”
Loki can be seen in Thor: The Dark World later this year, while The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released in 2015.