Fans of the Marvel villain Loki, famously portrayed by the British thespian Tom Hiddleston, may want to read this. Joss Whedon has finally spoken out about Hiddleston’s being missing in action from the upcoming sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron, giving fans of the actor and the villain some insight about why he is taking a different route this time.
It has long been confirmed that Hiddleston will not be appearing in the sequel as Loki in, although he will be appearing as the fan fave villain in Alan Taylor’s upcoming Thor: The Dark World. Until recently, Whedon had been tight-lipped about why Loki was sitting this one out, much to the dismay of fans everywhere.
Whedon opened up to Entertainment Weekly about why The Avengers sequel will be missing the one “burdened with such glorious purpose.” ”Every movie is going to be a different villain,” Whedon told the magazine. “Loki’s awesome, and he is awesome in Thor 2. But The Avengers is a different thing,” Whedon shared.
Whedon and Hiddleston developed a special bond while working on the blockbuster, which the director also opened up about and about completely understanding why fans are upset with the actor’s absence. “I worked with Tom more than any other actor [on The Avengers], because he was the only villain and there were six heroes. And he was as great as anyone I’ve ever worked with, and I get why people loved the character. But it’s an Avengers movie,” Whedon said.
What about his tongue-in-cheek promise that the sequel would feature “death, death, death”? Whedon also addressed this as it has raised concerns amongst fans. The director isn’t completely heartless though, sharing that he would consider killing one of the Avengers if the story demanded it.
"I’d have to have a really good reason, a really great sequence for [Marvel executives] to go, ‘We’ll cut off a potential franchise, that’s fine!’ They know, as any good studio does, that without some stakes, some real danger, how involved can we get?" Whedon said.
Thor and the rest of the Avengers seem to be safe for the time being as Whedon is looking for a way to challenge them by dangling the prospect of death above them. Whedon explained, “We don’t just rule it out across the board, but neither is the mission statement ‘who can we kill?’ We try to build the story organically and go, ‘How hard can we make it on these people?’”
Perhaps James Spader’s Ultron will be that challenge. It was announced Thursday morning that the three time Emmy Winner is joining the Marvel family as the latest villain and threat to the Avengers.
Marvel fans won’t have to wait much longer as The Avengers: Age of Ultron is set to start filming in London in early 2014, with a release date around May 1, 2015.