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Why was Loki cut out of Age of Ultron? Tom Hiddleston has the answer

10.05.2015

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON was already pretty jam packed as it was, but the film originally included just one other character, that of Tom Hiddleston's Loki. Hiddleston was set to reprise his character in Thor's dream sequence, however we learned fairly early on that Joss Whedon had cut Loki out of the film. At the time all Whedon would say about this decision was that despite really wanting Loki to be a part of it, he feared that the film would become "overstuffed." Now Tom Hiddleston has explained what really happened in an interview with Digital Spy:

I was part of the dream sequence for the character of Thor. I shot for a day and enjoyed it very much, and then I received a phone call from Kevin Feige [who] said that in test screenings, audiences had overemphasized Loki’s role. So they thought that because I was in it, I was controlling Ultron, and it was actually imbalancing people’s expectations so Joss and Kevin were like, "Let’s cut it because it’s confusing people."

That's a testament to how much people must love Loki, what probably amounted to little more than a cameo had everyone believing that he was the true brains behind the entire film. As fun as it would have been to have seen Loki once more, the decision was probably the correct one. Tom Hiddleston will return in THOR: RAGNAROK, which may have just landed a director, on November 3, 2017.

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Source: Digital Spy

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5:54PM on 10/07/2015
people ruin things all the time. Though, there were plenty of characters so, whateves.
people ruin things all the time. Though, there were plenty of characters so, whateves.
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10:00PM on 10/05/2015

I'm still convinced it was Thanos.....

Banner and Stark talked (a couple of times) about not knowing how to make it work and after Ultron attacked, Stark said that "We weren't even close." So something happened that caused Ultron that had nothing to do with any of the humans. Either it was spontaneous because of the mindstone, or it was Thanos manipulating to wipe out the Avengers (further bolstered by his, "I'll do it myself" comment at the end).

So yeah, if Loki appeared in a movie about his staff causing a sentient robot
Banner and Stark talked (a couple of times) about not knowing how to make it work and after Ultron attacked, Stark said that "We weren't even close." So something happened that caused Ultron that had nothing to do with any of the humans. Either it was spontaneous because of the mindstone, or it was Thanos manipulating to wipe out the Avengers (further bolstered by his, "I'll do it myself" comment at the end).

So yeah, if Loki appeared in a movie about his staff causing a sentient robot that threatened the Avengers, I'd assume he was involved in the plot.
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9:14PM on 10/06/2015
I'm pretty sure it was just that whatever ancient society previously held the Mindstone had built an AI with it, and Stark had accidentally unleashed a broken, deteriorated version of that AI. Or the Mindstone sponaneously generates minds. Who knows. Either way, I doubt Thanos had any influence.

But I agree, Loki being in the movie would've been confusing.
I'm pretty sure it was just that whatever ancient society previously held the Mindstone had built an AI with it, and Stark had accidentally unleashed a broken, deteriorated version of that AI. Or the Mindstone sponaneously generates minds. Who knows. Either way, I doubt Thanos had any influence.

But I agree, Loki being in the movie would've been confusing.
9:31PM on 10/05/2015
If I had seen him in the movie, I would have thought it's Loki up to his mischievous plan again.
If I had seen him in the movie, I would have thought it's Loki up to his mischievous plan again.
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9:21PM on 10/05/2015
Isn't Thor under the impression Loki is dead at this point? I think that just having him pop up in a dream without addressing that would throw off the continuity. The again, Age of Ultron seems to have ignored several aspects about Iron Man 3 (Tony destroys all his iron man aromrs, but sure enough a Hulkbuster one is around without any explanation), so who knows.
Isn't Thor under the impression Loki is dead at this point? I think that just having him pop up in a dream without addressing that would throw off the continuity. The again, Age of Ultron seems to have ignored several aspects about Iron Man 3 (Tony destroys all his iron man aromrs, but sure enough a Hulkbuster one is around without any explanation), so who knows.
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10:19PM on 10/05/2015
To be fair, there had been passing of time since Ironman 3 and Avengers 2 so it is always been possible that Banner and Stark built the Hulkbuster as a contingency, i case Hulk ever went on rampage.
To be fair, there had been passing of time since Ironman 3 and Avengers 2 so it is always been possible that Banner and Stark built the Hulkbuster as a contingency, i case Hulk ever went on rampage.
9:19PM on 10/05/2015
That's disappointing. I was looking forward to seeing him pop up in Age of Ultron, even if it was a mere cameo. I just hope they saved the best for last with Loki for Thor: Ragnarok since the stakes will be higher than ever for Thor and Asgaard.
That's disappointing. I was looking forward to seeing him pop up in Age of Ultron, even if it was a mere cameo. I just hope they saved the best for last with Loki for Thor: Ragnarok since the stakes will be higher than ever for Thor and Asgaard.
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6:44PM on 10/05/2015
I thought they cut him because there were already too many characters and plot lines. If Ultron was controlling him, it would have been a hell of a lot better than what we got which was a taunting Ultron, not a threatening one.
I thought they cut him because there were already too many characters and plot lines. If Ultron was controlling him, it would have been a hell of a lot better than what we got which was a taunting Ultron, not a threatening one.
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