Joss Whedon has confirmed that Tom Hiddleston did film a cameo for Avengers: Age of Ultron as Loki. However, the director eventually decided to cut the beloved villain out of the film.
Whedon made this confession during his conversation with MTV News, which was towards the end of his promotional duties for Marvel’s hugely anticipated sequel.
After being quizzed about Idris Elba’s cameo in Age of Ultron, Whedon was asked what happened to Hiddleston’s appearance, a revelation that the English actor had also divulged.
“Tom is not in the movie… We did shoot something and 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.”
You can check out Joss Whedon’s entire discussion with MTV News below.
Tom Hiddleston’s Loki was the antagonist in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, and the English actor’s deliciously devilish performance as the Machiavellian foe instantly earned him plaudits.
Loki has been a mainstay of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, having previously appeared as the villain in Thor, The Avengers, and Thor: The Dark World, while he’s also set to feature prominently in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok. Especially since at the conclusion of The Dark World it was revealed that he is now the ruler of Asgard.
While Loki was conspicuous by his absence in Age of Ultron, there was one man who made his obligatory appearance in a Marvel film: Stan Lee.
While at a soiree at Tony Stark’s penthouse apartment in Manhattan to celebrate recapturing Loki’s scepter, Thor brings out 1,000-year-old Asgardian booze that he insists mere-mortals won’t be able to handle.
At this point Stan Lee barges through the crowd of World War II veterans to insist that they simply want to taste the liquor, rather than hear about it. However, after knocking it back, the crowd are then shown to be highly intoxicated, and Lee even has to be carried out.
There had previously been rumors that Spider-Man would make his debut as either a cameo or in a post-credits sequence. However, the web slinger’s appearance never materialized. Instead, we were treated (spoiler alert!) to yet another cameo from Josh Brolin’s Thanos, who revealed that he was now taking action.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is now in cinemas across the United States of America, and it’s set to break box office records over the next few days.