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.

Source: EW

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  1. Who cares? They made an ass out of the character that made him irredeemable.

    • who cares? you obviously didnt see the hall H loki footage… plenty of people care.

    • I don’t buy this. This guy is the face of the franchise after RDJ. Something tells me this could be a fib and still cameos.

  2. I understand why, but I’m still disappointed. I won’t be as excited for the new Avengers film now. I hope he is in more Marvel movies after Thor The Dark World.

    • What purpose would he serve in Avengers 2? He has nothing to do with Ultron.

    • Hm? Why not as excited ‘now?’ It was safely (and correctly) assumed that Loki wouldn’t be in Avengers 2, given that he’s been a main player in Thor, Avengers, and Thor 2. He’s been used a lot, but used well. We could spot that Joss was going to change things up a mile away.

    • he’s signed on for about 2-3 films left, so we’ll see him again. :-)

  3. Not a big deal, I’m sure Ultron will be just as memorable; hopefully even more so.

  4. This makes me kinda sad. I love Loki and I personally think that even a very small role of him talking to Thor whether it would be to give him advice or whatever would have sufficed. This news has me thinking that Loki will either die in Thor 2 which I hope WILL NOT happen, or he somehow becomes a prisoner of Malekith or Thanos. Guess we have to wait until November.

  5. I think Loki will die or something in Thor 2. I think that could be a thing about his redemption.

    • I doubt Marvel would let an asset die off like that; they’re owned by Disney and Disney doesn’t like to waste potential like that.

      • If he dies as redemption thata stupid, there is no redemption he invaded a city with monsters. If he dies he needs to die a villain not a hero

  6. Hmm.

    People saying they won’t watch without him or that it means he’ll die.

    How about “there’s really no need for Loki in the movie”? I get that he’s a great actor and plays the character well but it’d be overkill if he was in a movie and didn’t actually need to be there with his presence only acting as unnecessary fanservice.

    I like Sir Anthony Hopkins and think he played a magnificent Odin but we don’t need him in every movie either.

    • Agreed

    • Yup.

    • This.

    • People who thought Loki would be showing up *again* after being one of the main characters in 3 films were clearly not connected to the mechanics of good story construction. I would’ve been completely surprised if Joss had used Loki again so soon after Thor 2.

    • Yes. Better to tell a cohesive story than provide needless fanservice like this.

  7. Im fine with this. We’ve had more than enough Loki. Time to make way for some other players.

    • +10000

    • This comment….. I like it!!!…Another!!!

  8. I love Hiddleston as Loki but I think this is the healthiest move for the movie

  9. I think he is going in die in Thor 2.

  10. Good. He’s a terrible villain/bad guy.

    • “Good. He’s a terrible villain/bad guy”

      That has to be one of the MOST ignorant statements I have ever seen here on SR!!

      That person just seems butt hurt over something!!! HMMM What could it be???

      I think Marvel may bring him back into a movie or two later on down the road BUT if they don’t Tom Hiddleston really made me a huge Loki fan, He played the role perfectly, but sometimes it is better to have people leave wanting more than it is to have them just leave!

      • Like The Dark Knight Rises!

      • He played the role perfectly but to call him a great villain is ignorant. He was nothing but a rag doll in avengers 2, never once did he feel dangerous

  11. completely fine with this. Loki out of the picture is welcomed. It’s goin to be interesting to see Ultron as the main villian. I’ve seen Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow and in that storyline, Stark was the original creator of Ultron.

    It’s going to be transformative.

  12. I think Thanos will find and punish Loki for failing to get the Tesseract for him.

    • cosmic cube* Fixed your sentence for you :D

  13. I think it’s a good move by Whedon. I enjoyed Lex Luthor in the original Superman. Then by the time Superman Returns, regardless how bad the sequels were, I felt the writers never read a comic to explore other villains. I loved Hiddleston and wouldn’t want him to get trite. Plus, how does he really add to an Ultron story? Never happen but I’d love to see a proper treatment of Absorbing Man and the Wrecking Crew. Even just a mini battle as an aside.

    • Yesss

    • Agreed. As cool as Loki is, there’s dozens of other characters in dire need of the spotlight. Same goes for Superman.

  14. Now let all the fake fans cry out at once because Loki won’t be the big bad again.

  15. A Thanos-type cameo would be nice, just to let us know that he’s up to some delicious mischief and promises some action for the next films he’s in.

  16. I like Loki but I’m fine with him not being in the Avengers sequel. He doesn’t really belong in the movie. We have Ultron as the next villain, and that will lead into Thanos. So the Avengers sequels will be epic. The villains are just getting better and better. I can’t wait to see Ultron in action

  17. If anyone think Loki will “die” in Thor II are a little delusional.

  18. Thank God. New villain, please. Two movies is enough!

  19. I’m bummed LOKI isn’t in it, he made the movie!

  20. Loki was overrated anyhow

  21. no problem here. let creativity roll on. I thought hiddleston was terrific, but there’s room for more.

  22. Look up Avengers: Age of Ultron on imdb. It will say the government created Ultron.

  23. I look forward to seeing the sequel and whatever mid or post credit scene they show =)

  24. Do You guys think that Thanos will make a appearance in Avengers 2 or in GOTG?

    I hope they dont leave him out and put him in lots of movies in all of the phases.

    • He will most likely show up in GotG, or mentioned at the very least. He wont be central to the plot however. He wont be in avengers 2 as it seems to be firmly “earth based”. Thanos may become a larger threat sown the road.. Avengers 3.. 4 hard to say. They’ve teased alot of things that they could being togethe ryo create something along the line of the whole infinity gauntlet thing but this being the cinematic universe of Marvel U there no telling where it will go as they seem to be deviating farther and farther away from comics canon.

      • I thought Thanos was supposed to be the villain in GOTG. Or am I completely off?

        • Might be the one “pulling the strings” so to speak but so far the main antagonists to GotG seem to be Ronan/The Collector/Nebula. Any or all of these “villains” could be under Thanos’ orders (essentially duplicating his role in avengers.. And replacing Loki with some or all of these new minions). From Thanos’ perpective, I Think chasing down GotG to obtain whatever they have in their possesion would be “beneah” him.

  25. Not a big deal, I’m sure Ultron will be just as memorable; hopefully even more so.

  26. I would be more disappointed if Loki was in the Avengers 2
    he really is not necessary for the story

    Although I wouldn’t put it past marvel to have the Avengers 2 post credit scene be Loki and Thor…playing poker or something equally unimportant, just to have him there (like the banner credit scene in IM3)

    Also he won’t be getting killed in Thor 2 (nobody dies in marvel films, and given the popularity of Loki they won’t be killing him any time soon)
    Also if marvel plans to do a third Thor film they will need the god of mischief to be there

  27. I seriously don’t understand why people are disappointed by this news. I mean this is the point of sequels to introduce new villians and new situations, not to drag out the same villian movie after movie.
    Ra’s al ghul wasn’t in The Dark Knight, Obidiah Stane wasn’t in Iron Man 2, the Red Skull isn’t in Captain America 2.

    It is all but expected that a sequel to a movie will introduce a new villian and not even mention the old one. Loki appering in Age of Utron would just feel like they dragged out the character into the focus of a fourth film just for the sake of it.

    • If they brought Loki back in Avengers 2 people would whine about that too.

      Whedon is a genius, let him do with Loki what he wants. After all, Whedon brought us the greatest superhero/cbm of all time bar none, I think he knows exactly what he’s doing.

  28. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a movie starring Loki in phase 3. I know they want to get some new properties off the ground but a Loki centric anti-hero type film would be huge.

    • While that would be cool, I think Loki has had enough exposure in the films. I mean, he was one of the main characters in both Thor and The Avengers and the upcoming The Dark World. I don’t know, I feel like it’d be overkill.

    • Id even be more inclined to see a movie of him scheming and begin assembling the masters of evil to take on the avengers. Perhaps intro enchantress in the process if she’s not introed by then in another movie.

  29. It was expected. He doesn’t fit with the Age of Ultron story, but I’m sure we’re gonna see him in different movies in the future, where it makes sense for him to show up.

    I mean, I can totally imagine him in a Doctor Strange film, not as a main villain of course, but as a supporting character (goor or bad or both).

    Kevin Feige said that Loki could be around for a while for them. I doubt the will kill him off in The Dark World. Loki is always around as long as Thor is around. Plus Hiddleston signed on for like 6 movies, considering how popular Loki is, I doubt Marvel would simply kill him off.