Josh Glicksman
November 02, 2017 AT 12:11 PM EDT

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Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi stopped by Entertainment Weekly: The Show and revealed some of the reasons for absences from some of the fellow Avengers – including Captain America, Spider-Man, Black Widow, and Iron Man – in the upcoming film.

“Captain America would have loved to have helped Thor take on Hela. Unfortunately, he had jury duty,” Waititi joked. “I was once on a jury in New Zealand where 17 avocados went missing from a local farm. We never found the culprit.”

In addition to noting that Spider-Man couldn’t help the cause due to an inability to be excused from high school and pointing out that Tony Stark’s clothes and glasses actually do appear in the film, Waititi came to a realization about his avocados mystery. “Black Widow would’ve pitched in with Thor if she had been free at the time, but she wasn’t free at the time,” he said. “She was a prisoner for stealing 17 avocados from a local New Zealand farm – wait a minute.”

Watch the clip above for Waititi’s full excuse list and his preview of a Revenger that did make the final cut. Thor: Ragnarok is in theaters on Friday, Nov. 3.

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