Tom Hiddleston will not be in The Avengers 2, director Joss Whedon has revealed.
The British actor will not be reprising his role as Thor's brother Loki in the highly anticipated sequel, alongside expected returning cast members Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth and Robert Downey Jr.
Talking about a specific phrase used by the character in last year's The Avengers, Joss told Empire: "Everyone is going to be looking for the Loki-Hulk smash moment and you'll be looking for [a 'quim' moment].
"First of all, imitating what I did before is the surest way to do it not as well. Second of all, Loki's not there to say those terrible things. Although I do think we should bring the word back, not as an insult, it's just a nice word."
Tom previously admitted his doubts about returning for the second Avengers instalment.
"I don't know, and that really is the honest answer. I know I've been known for obfuscation in other quarters, but I have no idea," he said in December.
Tom added: "I haven't spoken to Joss. He's definitely doing it. So I suspect not, only because I think that probably the audiences are tired of Loki being the bad guy. Maybe the Avengers need somebody else to fight. But I'd love to be part of it again."
The sequel is expected to be released in 2015.