We are not usually the ones who’d play the blame game, but if you were wondering why Tom Hiddleston‘s Loki did not appear in Marvel‘s “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, blame it on the audiences from the test screenings.
For some, it didn’t really matter if Loki would appear in that film because there’s already another big bad villain aka Ultron for the Avengers team to fight against.
However, Loki of Asgard is a man burdened with glorious purpose. Not only is he the main antagonist of the first “Avengers” film, he is the integral part of the sequel as his scepter fueled much of the action in it.
Ultimately, his scepter is exactly the reason why he couldn’t appear in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” because according to Hiddleston, the test screening audiences thought that Loki was once again the big baddie, using his scepter to control Ultron.
During an interview with Digital Spy, the actor said:
I was part of the dream sequence for the character of Thor, and I shot for a day, enjoyed it very much.
However, he then received an email from director Joss Whedon, who was told by Marvel President Kevin Feige that audiences from the test screening had over-emphasised Loki’s role.
So they thought that because I was in it I was controlling Ultron, and that it was imbalancing people’s expectations. So Joss and Kevin were like “Let’s cut it because it’s confusing people.”
Back in May, Whedon also explained to MTV that the dream sequence wasn’t featured in the film because the studio “didn’t want it to feel overstuffed”.
I REALLY WANTED TO HAVE LOKI IN IT, BUT I UNDERSTOOD THE DECISION THAT THERE WERE NOW TOO MANY VOICES IN THE CHORUS.
“At some point the embarrassment of riches is actually embarrassing,” he added.
We know, we know. It’s kind of frustrating that they had to cut away the whole dream sequence, but we sort of know how it’ll play out, especially since Loki was already posing as Odin in Asgard.
Besides, we will see more of Loki in “Thor: Ragnarok”.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is now available on Blu-ray. You can also order your own copy here.