Here's the Silly Reason Loki Was Cut from Avengers: Age of Ultron

Monday, 05 October 2015 - 1:12PM
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Avengers: Age of Ultron
Monday, 05 October 2015 - 1:12PM
Here's the Silly Reason Loki Was Cut from Avengers: Age of Ultron
Marvel toyed with fans' emotions in a big way by teasing that Loki would be in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and even filming scenes with Tom Hiddleston, before excising his footage from the film completely. Now, Hiddleston has finally revealed the reason Loki was cut from Age of Ultron, and it's all test audiences' fault:



In the above interview with Digital Spy, Hiddleston said that he had spent a day filming scenes for Thor's dream sequence, but they were ultimately cut from the film because test audience reaction indicated that Loki was pulling focus from Ultron:

Opening quote
"I got the phone call from Kevin Feige... that in test screenings, audiences had over-emphasized 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 said 'Let's cut it, because it's confusing people.'"
Closing quote

The dream sequence was clearly separate from the rest of the film in many ways, serving as one big Easter egg for the MCU and especially Avengers: Infinity War (which is probably why it was my least favorite part of the movie), so it seems a little silly that test audiences would think that Loki was actually the main villain. But then again, the scenes themselves may have been misleading for some reason, or they might have just wanted to think that because Ultron himself was so underwhelming. 

I wish I could say that we'll find out from the bonus footage on the Blu-ray, but it seems that Hiddleston's scenes aren't included. This is a big oversight, considering that audiences were expecting to see Hiddleston in Age of Ultron. But honestly, it probably would have been anticlimactic to see Hiddleston in a tiny little cameo in a dream sequence that felt unnecessary to begin with. It's disappointing, but maybe it will be more satisfying to wait to see him in Thor: Ragnarok and Infinity War, if Hiddleston finally signs onto them, that is.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is now available on Blu-ray.
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