Fans of Tom Hiddleston’s portrayal of superhero Thor’s adversarial half-brother Loki should enjoy the time they get to see him in November’s Thor: The Dark World, because it looks like the character won’t be making an appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the foreseeable future after that. Joss Whedon, the writer and director of The Avengers and one of the creative overseers of Marvel’s shared superhero franchises stated in a podcast with Empire released Friday that Loki would not be appearing in 2015’s Avengers sequel.
Whedon’s reveal came while answering a question if Loki would be repeating a character moment from the first film where he used some high class dirty language to insult Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow character –
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.
Frankly, this is something I can live with easily. Hiddleston’s performance quickly made the character a fan favorite in the franchise, but too much of a good thing is never good in the long run and I could see how people would get tired if Marvel kept going back to this particular well too often. I would much rather see Marvel exploit more of the comics characters they have at their disposal by bringing them to the silver screen. It’s a big universe and we can’t see our heroes constantly tripping over the same bad guy.