Ever since the release of The Avengers, fans have been wondering if Loki would return for another round of revenge. His portrayer, Tom Hiddleston, spoke to Entertainment Weekly and nipped that speculation in the bud.
“He’s not in it,” Hiddleston confirms. “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.”
Hiddleston realizes that there is a such thing as overstaying your welcome. Plus, he acknowledges The Avengers sequel already has a lot of moving parts. Writer-director Joss Whedon has his work cut out for him. He's adding new characters while trying to service the originals.
“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," Hiddleston explains. "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.”
Don't be too sad about this news. Loki's prominently featured in Thor: The Dark World, which hits theaters this fall. He'll be in his Asgardian element, bumping heads with his brother, just the way we like it.
Hiddleston teases, “Oh, I’ve got plenty to do in Thor , believe me. A lot of new stuff. It’s a new iteration of the character. It’s a new development. Another trick, another poker game for the god of mischief. And he plays it well.”
Thor: The Dark World opens in theaters Nov. 8, while The Avengers: Age of Ultron debuts May 1, 2015.