Beginning with his big screen debut in 2011’s Thor, Tom Hiddleston stole nearly every scene he was in, giving a unique and layered performance that hasn’t been topped in a Marvel villain. So naturally, fans were ecstatic when it was announced that Loki would have a cameo appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron. As we all know, however, the adopted son of Odin didn’t make the final cut of Joss Whedon‘s Avengers sequel. Speculation has since run wild among fans as to the reason why his cameo appearance was cut. Thankfully, in a recent interview with Variety, Hiddleston himself has finally cleared the air about the decision:
“As they were testing the film, the initial audiences were like ‘oh Loki is controlling Ultron!’, and Kevin Feige and all the guys at Marvel were like ‘um, no, he’s not’. So they just thought it was confusing.”
Looking back at the final cut of the film, many fans found Thor’s nightmare sequences a bit out of place and mystifying, and with Loki’s inclusion, it had the potential to add to the confusion. In the end, the decision on the part of the editors was a wise one. Fans can look forward to seeing the Prince of Asgard return in next year’s Thor: Ragnarok.
Thor: Ragnarok, which will be directed by Taika Waititi, stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, and Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk. Also appearing in the film are Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster, Karl Urban as Surge, Idris Elba as Heimdall, and Anthony Hopkins as Odin. Ragnarok will hit movie theaters on November 3rd, 2017.