Back in 2012, Joss Whedon’s The Avengers brought together some of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to save the world from a race of reptilian humanoids known as Chitauri. While Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye were the heroes and should have been the main center of attention, it’s undeniable that Loki – Thor’s adoptive brother, played by Tom Hiddleston – stole the spotlight. When it was revealed that the son of Laufey would have a cameo appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron, fans were excited and eagerly waiting to know what he had been up to.
Sadly, Loki’s appearance was left in the cutting room floor, leaving the audience wondering about his whereabouts and plans, as well as his role in Thor’s chaotic nightmare. Some attributed this to the usual edits to shorten the running time, while others suspected it could have been a creative decision from the crew behind Age of Ultron. Truth is that it was the test-screening audiences who pointed out that Loki’s inclusion was probably not the best idea.
During a live Q&A session with Variety, Tom Hiddleston was asked about his cameo in Age of Ultron and the reason why it was cut, explaining that it gave the wrong idea about who the villain behind the chaos really was.
“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.”
— Variety (@Variety) August 12, 2016
In the end, Thor’s nightmare and sub-story was still confusing even without Loki’s appearance, leaving the audience puzzled and making up theories in order to make some sense out of what was left of the dream sequence. On the other hand, it’s understandable that test-audiences would get confused as Loki has history in controlling others and pretty much playing with everyone’s minds – including ours.
While his role in Thor: Ragnarok has been kept under wraps, we can only hope that this movie will solve every Loki-related doubt that has arisen since we saw him posing as Odin on the throne of Asgard at the end of Thor: The Dark World – including his part in Thor’s nightmare, which served as a trigger for the God of Thunder and a link to Thor’s third solo film.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016, followed by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; Untitled Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.