Hiddleston Explains Why Loki Wasn’t in Age of Ultron

Some people, Asgardian types mostly, may be wondering why everyone’s favorite Marvel villain was omitted from Avengers: Age of Ultron. In actuality, director Joss Whedon actually had Hiddleston make a brief cameo, but decided to cut him out of the final edit. Here’s why.

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The reason why Hiddleston’s Loki was removed from Age of Ultron was because test audiences kept trying to make his role bigger. Loki was to appear briefly during Thor’s dream sequence, as Hiddleston explains:

I was part of the dream sequence for the character of Thor. I shot for a day and enjoyed it very much, and then I received a phone call from Kevin Feige [who] said that in test screenings, audiences had overemphasized Loki’s role. They thought that because I was in it, I was controlling Ultron, and it was actually imbalancing people’s expectations so Joss and Kevin were like, ‘Let’s cut it because it’s confusing people.’… It made sense to me when I saw that film.
But have no fear Loki fans, as the Trickster will most likely return in Thor 3: Ragnarok, scheduled for 2017.


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