Joss Whedon Explains What Happened to Loki's Age of Ultron Cameo

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Late last year, Idris Elba let slip the names of some of the major Thor characters that would make brief appearances in Avengers: Age of Ultron. And yet, when the movie actually arrived, no Loki. What happened?


Tom Hiddleston was noticeably — if you were aware he’d filmed scenes for Age of Ultron — absent from the second Avengers movie. Whedon explained how Hiddleston ended up on the cutting room floor in an interview with MTV:

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.

[...] At some point the embarrassment of riches is actually embarrassing.

He is right, there are a lot of characters in Age of Ultron, and the ones who don’t show up are even given excuses. Loki’s the only one who doesn’t fit either category, but the ending of Thor: The Dark World actually gives its own explanation as to why.

I’ll eat my hat if the scene isn’t on the DVD/Blu-ray release, though. We already know that the original cut for the movie was three and a half hours long and that the Blu-Ray will have an extended cut of Age of Ultron with a different ending.

Here’s the full interview:



Having now seen the ending, I’m very curious as to how else it could possibly end.


The ending is Captain America finding Black Widow staring at a wall at the new SHIELD HQ. Hulk is gone, and we’re surprised Widow didn’t disappear with him. But there’s a job to do. Stark drives off in his orange get-in-losers-we’re-going-to-do-science sports car, while Rodgers and Romanov walk to the hanger bay. There they meet War Machine, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, and The Vision. Their job is train them to become the new Avengers.

HOW do you change that for the better? By having Spiderman swoop into the room at the last second? By having another Shwarma meet up? By showing Thanos making idle threats while sitting in a hoverchair again?