Tom Hiddleston’s Loki is a Marvel villain adored by fans. At the recent Comic-Con in San Diego, when Hiddleston took to the stage as Loki, fans went absolutely wild for him. He has had a good run in the Marvel films as a villain, causing both Thor and The Avengers plenty of problems, but he confirmed recently that he would not be returning for The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Hiddleston told Entertainment Weekly: “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.”
Hiddleston defended the choice not to see his character return, comparing his villain to other great movie villains, and rightly stating that it is best to change things up a bit for a sequel: “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 moves 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.”
He did, however, offer a brief insight into what we can expect from Loki in Thor: The Dark World. Hiddleston said “It’s… another poker game for the god of mischief, And he plays it well.”
As for the plot of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, last week we shared with you a casting call that may have revealed the sequels plot, and here is what is said:
In The Avengers: Age of Ultron Loki is gone and the new villain will be the evil robot Ultron, who has the ability to keep upgrading his own strength, making him extremely fearsome. Tony Stark/Iron Man becomes the unwitting creator of Ultron. The brother-and-sister team of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch become the seventh and eighth members of The Avengers. Quicksilver has extreme speed, while Scarlet Witch can cast spells and has telekinesis ability. Black Widow and Hawkeye will be key figures in the film.
Speaking with Total Film recently, The Avengers: Age of Ultron director and Marvel God-like person, Joss Whedon, explained a little about the upcoming sequel and its links to other Marvel films. Naturally, with Ultron being created by Hank Pym, AKA Ant-Man, is was expected that he would make an appearance in the Avengers sequel, and maybe even tie in with Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man Marvel film, due for release 6th November 2015. Whedon said that Ant-Man would not be appearing in The Avengers: Age of Ultron:
“We’re not going to see Pym and all the accoutrements. Ultron is more central to the Avengers as they are. But we will explore the idea of lineage, because he was created by us and we’re going to own that… Then we have the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver and I think that’s plenty, because Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch did not begin their time as friends of the Avengers, so there’s going to be a lot of, well, conflict.”
When asked recently if Ultron would be part of his Ant-Man film, Wright confirmed what Whedon said by stating: “I cannot really get into that, but ummm…I’ll say no. No he wasn’t.”
Whedon then went on to talk about the big Marvel villain Thanos, the person who was expected to play a big part in The Avengers: Age of Ultron:
“We have to stay grounded,” Whedon said. “It’s part of what makes the Marvel universe click— their relationship to the real world. It’s science fiction and Thanos is not out of the mix, but Thanos was never meant to be the next villain. He’s always been the overlord of villainy and darkness.”