The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is known for its extensive use of cameos and Easter Eggs. They connect each individual movie, and whenever the MCU takes a break from their hero's solo adventures to give audiences a massive crossover event, fans can't wait to spot the links and surprises that hint at bigger things to come.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) was no exception but the movie's editing process and the apparent interference of the Marvel Creative Committee left a few planned links out of the final product. The much-anticipated cameo from the Asgardian god of mischief, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), was one of those scenes left on the cutting room floor.
Loki Speaks the Truth (For Once)
Though Tom Hiddleston has made a few statements in the past regarding the loss of his bit role in the sequel to 2012's smash hit The Avengers, the actor finally revealed what really went on behind the scenes during a recent live interview with Variety.
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.
In case you were wondering, the scene he was talking about was part of the nightmare Thor (Chris Hemsworth) experienced when Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) attacked the team with her psychic abilities. This was meant to tease the events of the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok (2017), where Loki would be shown to be the new ruler of Asgard after getting Odin (Anthony Hopkins) out of the way at the end of Thor: The Dark World (2013).
I was part of the dream sequence for the character of Thor, and I shot for a day, enjoyed it very much.
The scene in question was jarring for some viewers not because Heimdall (Idris Elba) lost his eyesight and dissolved right in front of Thor, but because Thor's visions complicated the plot more than they should have. One of the criticisms thrown at Age of Ultron was its abundance of Easter Eggs, subplots and hints to the Infinity Stones that overshadowed the movie's overall narrative. They all made Age of Ultron feel like one giant teaser trailer instead of the second major Marvel crossover.
Marvel's need to jam teaser trailers for future movies into the current one, instead of focusing on the conflict with Ultron (James Spader) raised a few concerns. Those concerns were thankfully put to rest by the time Captain America: Civil War (2016) - aka Avengers 2.5 - was released to positive reception.
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Though Loki has been confirmed to be playing an important part in Thor: Ragnarok after Tom Hiddleston's casting was confirmed, nothing else is known about what he'll be doing in Thor's third solo adventure.
Even if Age of Ultron cut Loki's scenes much to the dismay of his fans, the creative decision to do so may have been for the better because it now gives Thor's upcoming movie an element of surprise and intrigue.
For the first time in the Marvel movies, Loki's schemes actually worked and it may be too late for Marvel's heroes when they realize that something is amiss in Asgard. Thor: The Dark World ended by putting Loki in a position of high political power and considering that Asgard is about to get besieged by Hela (Cate Blanchett) and her armies, it would be interesting to see how the narcissistic god would try to work things out in his favor when the fabled Norse end of days is just around the corner.
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