Okay, so you've come away from your first screening of Age of Ultron thinking "holy sh*t, th-that was...AWESOME!", but couldn't shake the feeling that something, or rather someone, was definitely missing. Say, a certain God of Mischief and current ruler of Asgard, perhaps? Yeah, where the heck was Loki?!
With his scepter from the first Avengers playing such a pivotal role in the sequel, you'd expect that everybody's favorite horn helm owning, cheeky deity would be milling around, tricking his way into situations where he could truly mess with the minds of his adopted brother Thor and the other Avengers.
Alas, it didn't come to pass, but (Lord) Whedon did have a plan for Marvel's best ever cinematic villain making an appearance in AoU, but as Whedon cleared up in an interview with MTV, the God was unfortunately cut from the feature to make room for even more madness:
"We did shoot something, but it didn’t play. The movie has so much. It’s so filled. We 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."
Check out a snippet of the chat with the man himself:
It's true what Whedon says, AoU was already packed to the brim with awesome cameos, well worked moments of reflection, and glimpses into the Avengers' past and outrageous action sequences.
But I can't help but wonder in what context Loki would have made his appearance. In the "Waters of Sight" where Thor glimpses the repercussions of Ragnarok, or would he have teleported down, slapped Bruce Banner around a bit in revenge for the beating (clip below), and jolted back off to the stars?
Or, would it have played out similarly to that incredible fan theory, which posits Loki having purposefully lost the "Battle of NY" so he could attain control of Asgard, and let the Chinned One slip in and nab the Infinity Gauntlet!
In conversation with Empire Magazine, Whedon goes into more detail about the deleted scene. The first of Thor's dreams, the one instigated by Scarlet Witch, sees the God of Thunder coming across a maddened and blind Heimdall, who spouts lines of such cryptic epicness, it would have Gandalf drying his tears with his crusty ol' beard, would have been its precursor.
The second dream would have had Loki walking Thor through his dream:
He’s so important to the mythos, and they’re like, 'We can’t get Tom. We can’t make a deal. You can have Idris!' I was like, 'Oh, I love Idris! This is great!' And then I talked to Tom, saying, 'Just so you know, I feel bad not telling you, and I would never pressure you, but...
I really feel like it would be great if you could do this...' And they’re like, 'But we already have Idris!' And again, I had no problem there. Everybody’s in!
We even had a little reference to the fact that he’s taken the throne, which was Tom doing his Anthony Hopkins impression when Thor says, 'Oh, what would father say?' Then Tom does his Hopkins impression, and Thor’s like, 'That is uncanny!'
It’s sort of like his subconscious is telling him that Loki was imitating his father. But he would never make that connection. Anyway, the dreams were awfully long, even though I only got a day to shoot each one, because I made the most out of them. There’s a lot of fun stuff that fell.
What do you think?
Leaving Loki out will make for one hell of a reintroduction in Ragnarok. So, I'm not going be losing any sleep over his omission. But, you know, that's just my opinion, man.