“The Avengers” villain Tom Hiddleston (Loki) happily passes the torch to his successor, James Spader, who will play Ultron in the Joss Whedon written and directed sequel, “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Marvel Entertainment announced Thursday (Aug. 29) Spader will play the title character in the highly anticipated sequel to the 2012 blockbuster. And Hiddleston quickly joined the already-buzzing Twitterverse to send a message to “The Blacklist” star.
Hiddleston told Zap2it at Disney’s recent D23 Expo that the “Avengers” franchise should move on without Loki for now. “I truly think that ‘The Avengers’ needs a new villain,” Hiddleston says. “They defeated me already. I think it’ll be more fun as a film to see them do something new. So, for the film, I think it’s the best, ultimately. And I agree with Joss.”
Marvel announced “Age of Ultron” at San Diego Comic-Con in July, and tongues immediately began wagging about Whedon leaving Hiddleston’s Loki behind. But the writer-director says he had been pitching Ultron
for “The Avengers 2” villain since before he began working on “The Avengers.” “I was like, ‘I don’t know if I want to do this, but for the second one, you should totally do Ultron,'” Whedon says. “Because he’s been a thorn in [The Avengers’] side as much as any other character over the years and particularly back in my history.”
Hiddleston, who reprises the character of Loki in Marvel’s upcoming “Thor: The Dark World” tells Zap2it
he hasn’t ruled out returning to the franchise down the line. “It all depends on so many other factors — where the other characters go,” he says. “I’ve had a wonderful time playing Loki, and if that’s the end, it’s the end. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is going to be so big, with so many new characters — I mean, it already is enormous, but — I’ve had a great, great run. So, I guess we’ll see.”
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is due in theaters May 1, 2015.