Hiddleston: No Loki for Avengers 2
Tom Hiddleston has confirmed that his villainous alter-ego Loki will not be in The Avengers sequel, Age Of Ultron.
Director Joss Whedon previously revealed that the British actor will not be reprising his role as Thor's brother in the highly anticipated follow-up to the 2012 blockbuster, alongside expected returning cast members Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Samuel L Jackson.
Tom told Entertainment Weekly: "(Loki'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."
Joss, who is also considering expanding the Avengers assemble to include two more superheroes - Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor Johnson) and Scarlet Witch, previously said that he didn't want to repeat himself and hinted that robot menace Ultron will be the new threat to the Avengers.
Tom said he bears no ill will towards the director, saying: "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."
The 32-year-old actor will be back as Loki in Thor: The Dark World alongside Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman.
Joss unveiled a preview of The Avengers: Age Of Ultron at San Diego's Comic-Con in July, with the film expected to be released in 2015.