Tom Hiddleston has been explaining why his character, Loki, will not be part of the Avengers sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Speaking to, Hiddleston said: "He's not in it. Here's the thing: I don't think there's anything else Loki could contribute to The Avengers, narratively."

He continued: "Joss [Whedon, Avengers Assemble writer-director] gave me so many wonderful things to do in that first film that we'd only be trying to repeat ourselves, and probably less well in the second one."

Hiddleston also revealed that even though he loved working on the first movie, he has no hard feelings about being left out of the next instalment.

He said: "When I think of all the things I loved as a child, for example, Hans Gruber [villain, played by Alan Rickman] wasn't in Die Hard 2. And in Indiana Jones, by the time he moved from the Lost Ark to the Temple of Doom, there was a whole new bad guy."

Hiddleston added: "I think keeping it fresh and new is good for The Avengers, even though it's a shame for me. And let's face it, there's seven or eight of them as it is, and Joss is thinking about adding two more, so the screen's gonna be a busy place.

"But I had the time of my life on that film. It was the most fun ever."

However, fear not, Loki fans, this will not be the last time you see this bad guy on the big screen: Hiddleston will reprise the character in the Thor sequel, Thor: The Dark World.

He added: "Oh, I've got plenty to do in Thor, believe me. A lot of new stuff. It's a new iteration of the character. It's a new development. Another trick, another poker game for the god of mischief. And he plays it well."