Although the director already revealed that Tom Hiddleston’s Loki would not be inThe Avengers: Age of Ultron, Joss Whedon spoke today with Entertainment Weekly and went into further detail about why the sequel requires a new villain. He even goes on to suggest that future The Avengers films will also avoid repeating antagonists.
“Every movie is going to be a different villain. Loki’s awesome, and he is awesome in Thor 2, but The Avengers is a different thing. I worked with Tom more than any other actor [in the last film], 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 goes on to discuss his creative infamy for killing off fan-favorite characters at unexpected moments. When asked if he thinks any of Marvel’s heroes could face a similar fate:
“Um… maybe? But 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? 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?’”
Source: Entertainment Weekly