Loki Got Cut From Avengers: Age of Ultron Because His Presence Was “Confusing”
Given how overstuffed Avengers: Age of Ultron ended up, it makes sense that Loki would’ve been cut, especially given how many other villainous characters appeared in the final draft. Can you imagine trying to fit one more in there?
Apparently, some test audiences did get to see a version of the film with Loki’s scene, and they felt … confused. Tom Hiddleston told Digital Spy,
I was part of the dream sequence for the character of Thor, and I shot for a day, enjoyed it very much. Then I received a phone call from Kevin Feige — actually, Joss [Whedon] emailed me. Basically, Kevin said that in test screenings, audiences had over-emphasized 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.”
Heh. I’m choosing to believe that Hiddleston was so charismatic during his scene that he somehow convinced audiences that Loki was the most important villain in the entire film. In just one scene!
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