12:16pm PT by THR Staff
No Loki in 'Avengers 2,' Joss Whedon Says
While rumors are still swirling about who will be suiting up for the sequel to last summer's Marvel blockbuster The Avengers, director Joss Whedon suggested that villain Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, won't be back.
"Everyone is going to be looking for the Loki-Hulk smash moment, and you'll be looking for [a quim moment]," Whedon told Empire, referring to a controversial phrase Loki said to Black Widow in The Avengers. "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."
Whedon's comments, delivered in a podcast about his current Shakespeare adaptation, Much Ado About Nothing, suggest that Hiddleston's character won't have a major role in the Avengers sequel, set for release in May 2015.
However, Loki will appear in the Thor sequel The Dark World, set for release on Nov. 8.
Whedon previously said that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will be joining the Avengers team.
The first Avengers film made $1.52 billion worldwide.