Tom Hiddleston Says Loki Won’t Appear in ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’

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One of the most popular elements of the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far has been the delicious evil of Thor’s adopted brother, Loki. As portrayed by English actor Tom Hiddleston, the character wreaked havoc in Thor and The Avengers, and his lust for power (and ill-conceived alliance with Thanos) ultimately served as the device to finally unite Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

However, it’s looking like the god of mischief will play a far less crucial role in the overall scheme of Marvel’s Phase Two. He’ll appear in this fall’s Thor: The Dark World – paying penance for his crimes and possibly seeking some form of redemption – but writer/director Joss Whedon has gone on record saying that Loki will not return in the Avengers sequel. Now that claim looks to be even more official.

Entertainment Weekly recently caught up with Hiddleston, who confirmed that Loki will not be part of the action in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Here’s what the actor had to say:

“He’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.”

Given previous reports, the news is not a particularly surprising one. After all, the world of The Avengers is undeniably an ensemble cast, and despite his proven skill for balancing a large number of characters, even Whedon has his limits.

Thor 2 to hit theaters in Summer 2013 Tom Hiddleston Says Loki Wont Appear in The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Case in point, Age of Ultron will reportedly see expanded roles for both Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Plus, new characters like Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and (of course) the titular villain mean that perhaps cutting Loki from the film is the best way to prevent the story from becoming too bogged down, a point Hiddleston himself is quick to acknowledge. If anything, it will only help preserve Loki’s place as a memorable movie villain in the first film.

“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.”

Perhaps Loki will confront the Avengers in another film down the line – assuming that his absence in Age of Ultron doesn’t imply that the character’s fate is in jeopardy – but in the meantime, Hiddleston is looking forward to continuing his character’s arc in the upcoming Thor sequel.

“Oh, I’ve got plenty to do in ‘Thor [2],’ 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.”

Are you disappointed that Loki will miss out on Avengers: Age of Ultron, or are you glad that Marvel is mixing it up in Phase Two? Let us know in the comments section below.


Thor: The Dark World opens in theaters on November 8th, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4th, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1st, 2014, Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1st, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6th, 2015, and more unannounced Marvel films for May 6th, 2016, July 8th, 2016 and May 5th, 2017.

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  1. Glad he is not in there. Don’t get me wrong, Loki was fine, but there ar lots of other villains we need to see. Thanos is of course still out there, and Skrulls would be very nice to have rear their ugly heads. Ultron definitely needs a run at it (but we need the Pym creation, not Stark, and we need to see Goliath and Wasp), and I definitely would like to see kang as well. Even a few minor characters as supporting villains like Whirlwind and Diablo would be good. I just don’t want to see Loki over-used to the exclusion of other characters. Wolverine, Dr. Doom, Magneto, Green Goblin, the threat of Venom…all these are OK in their place, but are examples of over-used characters or those in potential danger of being over-used, and that is not necessary or good.

    • PS: Loki in 2 Thor movies and 1 Avengers movie are by far enough exposure…time to move on.

  2. I want to see the sentry in a movie

  3. Good move on the part of Whedon and great attitude on the part of Hiddleston. At the end of the day, you need to service the story as best as possible…even if it is at your expense. I doubt we’ll see the end of Loki in Thor 2, but he’ll be biding his time for another round against Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. In the meantime, bring on ULTRON!!! I’m intrigued at the suggestions I’ve heard as per his origin story, and I agree that having Ultron be a result of a Tony Stark mistake would give Tony a reason to don the Iron Man suit once again, and I have faith that the movie will be good…my only pet peeve of Avengers 2 is Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch…um, why bring in mutants into the movie and, if you’re bringing in mutants, why those? There are a TON of Avengers characters I would love to see share the screen with the ensemble (Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Ant Man) than these stupid mutants, but like I said, I have faith in Whedon and will definitely be there come summer 2015

    • I think Whedon is trying to bring in characters who were historically part of the Avengers. If you look back to the early days in the 60s, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver became essential members of team. Plus it helps set up some other cool figures, like Vision. I agree it would be totally great to see Black Panther and Ant Man. But we can’t have them all at once.

      Also, I for one am totally stoked to see an actual female superhero finally get some screen time. We need more, like Captain Marvel, She-Hulk, and Spider-Woman.

      Doctor Strange is a whole other can of worms that I hope they keep mostly separate from the Avengers for a while, assuming they are still planning a solo film for him.

      • . . . strange logic, Ant Man is historically THE founder of the avengers pretty much.

  4. Tom Hiddleston is one of the best parts of the Marvel films but too much of a good thing usually ends up being a bad thing. I’m glad they’re serving the story more than re-using what already works. It’s also cool to see they have faith in the new characters involved instead of relying on the old ones.

  5. Tom Hiddleston is nothing but pure class. This guy is a great actor with a great and humble atitude. He is a breath of fresh air in the midst of a Hollywood that stinks with pride and arogence. Good for Tom.

    Whedon again makes the smart move here. The Avengers have beaten Loki, it’s time for some fresh meat. Ultron is going to be totally amazing.

    • +2 because I totally agree.

      -1 for misspelling arrogance ;-)

  6. Hey, maybe we can get a Loki solo film now!!! Give Tom Hiddleston a reward for his work, i think he’d make a FUN flick!!! Marvel, make it happen?!?! PLEASE??? :)

  7. I about had a heart attack when I read this, but good decision Tom. He was an amazing actor, and I will miss him a lot in avengers 2, but to make it up (To tom personally) you better be absolutely amazing in thor 2. which he will be. But serioulsy, that woul take a lot of self control to say no to earning a ton of money. Love you Tom. You’re my hero!!!


    That’s all I have to say.

  9. I hope that Loki returns.

  10. I am so freaking mad! I have been waiting so long for a new avengers movie and they don’t put Loki in it? I honesty don’t care ne bit if everything is repeated, I just want to se Loki again!!!!!

  11. Reading this make me very sad and killed some of my excited for the Avengers 2 movie, no Loki at all. What the freak, they should have him pop up somewhere. I mean yes, I understand they don’t want to over due the movie, wanting to use other villains. I agree but Loki is a demand character and fans want to see him (proven by the Free Loki petition). They should at lease give us a small screen time of Loki.

    Ok, leaving off Thor 2, add “Odin’s Vault of relics” (cough cough tesseract and other powerful objects) allowing opportunity for storyline to continue that they can use.

    A Quote from Avengers; The Follower of Thanos said to Loki – “If you fail, if the Tesseract is kept from us, there will be no realm, no barren moon, no crevice where he can not find you.”

    I’m just saying, there’s possibility for a Loki cameo at end of credits that they can give us so we can see Loki again. I’m just hoping because I think Loki is still an important character they can use :)

  12. I passed on the first Thor movie. Just none of the characters interested me. Over at my daughter’s house I had to sit through the part where Loki was arguing with Odin…and I’m a big Anthony Hopkins fan. I usually watch a movie he’s in. But Loki. He caught my eye and my hear. I immediately had to watch the Thor trilogy. Why? Because Loki made it worth it. I liked the other actors but the bantor, the relationship between brothers is what really kept the movies going. A villain is a villain. But the God of Mischief who you love but can’t turn your back on? Many more plots can come from that with many more villains thrown in.

  13. Is it possible that Loki can join avengers 3 as a hero…..??? As he played in Thor 2 ????

    • Ikr? But he is still alive right? After thor the dark world he was still there, and loki has so much more going for him, it would be great to see him as a hero, or just help him fir his own benifit

  14. Isn’t it dumb removing the best character? Loki is what made the Avengers to be an awesome movie and not a common heroes movie. Loki and Thor are the perfect characters together, their story is unique and different from any other heroes, plus the actors are perfect. I understand their issue about being repetitive but hero films sequels are always repetitive, there’s no way avoiding it. at least maintain the best thing you had which is Loki!

    • I would say they need to leave Loki free for a Thor 3 movie to come out or one with Loki alone. Tom Hiddleston is so good in hie part that I got really upset in the second movie when I thought they had killed his character off. I thought Hiddleston was a major factor in what made the Avengers so good. Actually all of the casting for that movie. The interaction and the humor have caused me to watch the movie over and over without getting tired of it.

  15. Tom Hiddleston is one of the legendary actors in the current time!!! He shld play a role in Avengers 2 as it wld only help the movie to get more critics… Every1 is crazy abt him for what he did in Thor,The Avengers,Thor – The dark world…

  16. I’m sodas Loki is not going to continue he is my favorite person/god in the whole Marvel industry

  17. I’m sodas Loki is not going to continue he is my favorite person/god in the whole Marvel industry. I love Loki so much.

  18. I just lost interest in the Avengers. Loki just has to part of it, even if in a small way. That is like removing Ironman or Thor. Also, when is Loki going to get his own movie. He needs to fall in love, in a Loki kind of way, of course. A dark haired similar featured, Joan of Arc will be the perfect match for him. And no, I am not available for the part….hahaha

  19. I went to see Thor because my husband was a fan of Marvel. I was more interested in my popcorn, until Loki found out he was adopted. Loki just sucked me in and now I am hooked. I understand that it makes sense to leave him out of this next film, however, if they are smart, they will find a way to make good use of him in the future. Perhaps, they should give him his own film. Tom Hiddleston has such depth as an actor and he has given much dimension to Loki. Tom is clearly a star on the rise and they should take full advantage of that before they cannot afford him anymore.

  20. i guess it’s for the best he wont be in avengers 2..but although he was good in thor 2 i dont feel it did him justice..i need to see more of him as Loki- he is wonderful! :p so i will hope that perhaps he will return later on! ;)

  21. It makes complete sense (no argument there), but now I have no reason to watch this installment.

  22. I’m gutted that Loki won’t be in the sequel. Loki is my favourite character and Tom Hiddleston portrays him brilliantly!!!

  23. Loki is freaking hot. I’m sad.

  24. I understand what Marvel fears, but there is no reason for that.
    Loki is a part of the Avengers like Thor or Ironman.
    He should pop up somewhere (the whole movie shouldn’t revolve around him-otherwise they’d be right that it will repeat the first one).
    I love Marvel and their movies, but Loki is now a part of the whole Superheroe- thing.
    Some people love iron man and wouldn’t watch Avengers without him, just as I won’t watch it without Loki.

    But they will recognize it as soon as the new Avengers is in theaters- and won’t be as profit-yielding as the first avengers was.
    Profit is the only way a movie company will learn.

    And maybe we get a solo Loki movie after marvel learned its lesson.

  25. ok yeah your right i love loki

  26. Not even remotely interested in an Avengers movie that doesn’t have Loki in it. He’s one of the biggest draws and to say he doesn’t have much to contribute is ridiculous. The number of possible contributions he could make to the movie are limitless.

  27. Loki is one of my favorite villains in the Marvel universe. They just have to have him in there. I understand that you don’t want the movie involved all about Loki because the movie is called “age of ultron” not “age of Loki”. But still it is not the same without him. Having his evil laugh just gives the movie a welcoming feeling. They can at least have one scene with him in it. If they don’t do that at least, I’m going to turn into the hulk and smash them around a little bit then maybe that would knock some since into them. :D

  28. Noooooo I really like the job of Tom doing Loki i really wish he was in the second Avengers movie:’(