A comment by Idris Elba, who plays Heimdall, started the rumors flowing last year when he let it slip that he had filmed an Avengers: Age of Ultron scene with Tom Hiddleston as Loki. While Heimdall does show up in the sequel, it has been confirmed now that Loki does not; you can find his cameo on the cutting room floor. But why, why deprive us of our Loki? Director Joss Whedon explained the decision to MTV News.
“We did shoot something, but 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. Whedon added, “At some point the embarrassment of riches is actually embarrassing.”
Hopefully we’ll be able to see these shots in the plethora of deleted scenes that the Avengers: Age of Ultron Blu-ray and DVD releases are set to feature. Until then, you’ll have to wait until November 3, 2017 to get your full Loki fix when Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters.
Do you think Whedon made the right call withholding the Loki footage? It couldn’t have been much more than a brief cameo, as Loki isn’t really directly tied into the movie’s storyline. Less is more always does always seem to be the safest approach, though; and it wasn’t as though we didn’t have enough cameos already!