Tom Hiddleston Explains Loki's Absence In The Avengers: Age Of Ultron
Every Joss Whedon fan knows that the writer-director is a genial guy who seems to be having more fun than many other Hollywood filmmakers. But that doesnít mean heís always joking, such as when he disappointed Loki fans everywhere by announcing Tom Hiddleston wouldnít be in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which didnít even have that title back then. Some may have thought he could have been pulling wool over everyoneís eyes, like J.J. Abrams did with the Star Trek Into Darkness villain, but Hiddleston confirmed this somewhat disappointing news with Entertainment Weekly. Weíre assuming he wasnít wearing his horned helmet while holding an Age of Ultron script in his hands.
After commanding a Hulkís smash worth of cheers and joy-filled jeers in last yearís The Avengers, the otherworldly villainís presence just isnít needed in yet another Marvel film. "Hereís the thing," Hiddleston explained. "I donít think thereís anything else Loki could contribute to The Avengers, narratively. Joss gave me so many wonderful things to do in that first film that weíd only be trying to repeat ourselves, and probably less well in the second one." Do you hear that, Hollywood? Repeatedly rehashing successful films isnít the only way to go about doing things. (I just saw a story about the fifth Paranormal Activity movie, so pardon my mini-soapbox.)
And donít go assuming Hiddleston is sore about it; he completely understands. "When I think of all the things I loved as a child, for example, Hans Gruber wasnít in Die Hard 2ÖI think keeping it fresh and new is good for The Avengers even though itís a shame for me."
While films like Iron Man 2 and Spider-Man 3 were definitely lacking due to the amount of villains being showcased, Whedon has his work cut out for him just giving his actual heroes their due screentime. "And letís face it," Hiddleston said, "thereís seven or eight of them as it is, and Joss is thinking about adding two more, so the screenís gonna be a busy place." Thereís something to be said about a villainís recognition though, especially when Ultron is something of a mystery to the non-comic-reading crowd (you can click here for a brief primer on what to expect). Luckily, we still havenít seen the last of Loki.
Heíll of course be returning to the role for Thor: The Dark World hits theaters on November 8. "Oh, Iíve got plenty to do in Thor, believe me," he says. "Itís a new iteration of the character. Itís a new development. Another trick, another poker game for the god of mischief. And he plays it well." I expect a bunch of cackling happened just then.
Check out the Hiddleston-light trailer for Thor: The Dark World below.
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