The other day, Joss Whedon sat down with the Empire Podcast and discussed why Loki will not be making an appearance in the next Avengers film. The news, while sad, is not at all surprising.

“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.”

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