After months rumors and leaked news leading up to the release of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron‘ citing every character that was going to have a part to play (even if it was just a cameo), it was a bit of a disappointment to see the final product and realize that in the end, Loki did not make the final cut. It seems it wasn’t for lack of trying on Joss Whedon’s part, but more a studio issue, as they seemed unwilling to keep bringing in more actors and have to pay the costs. According to Whedon:
“He’s so important to the mythos, and they’re like, ‘We can’t get Tom. We can’t make a deal. You can have Idris!’ I was like, ‘Oh, I love Idris! This is great!’ And then I talked to Tom, saying, ‘Just so you know, I feel bad not telling you, and I would never pressure you, but I really feel like it would be great if you could do this…’ And they’re like, ‘But we already have Idris!’ And again, I had no problem there. Everybody’s in!”
And even after Hiddleston agreed to come on and play the part, it seems Whedon and company decided that including Loki made Thor’s vision scene a bit too complicated. Even though you see a black hooded man walking around in Thor’s vision (which I’m assuming was Loki), the man is never revealed, and we did not see the trickster god in the film. Whedon, even though he made the decision to cut Loki, still spoke on what Loki would have done in the film below:
“We even had a little reference to the fact that he’s taken the throne, which was Tom doing his Anthony Hopkins impression when Thor says, ‘Oh, what would father say?’ Then Tom does his Hopkins impression, and Thor’s like, ‘That is uncanny!’ It’s sort of like his subconscious is telling him that Loki was imitating his father. But he would never make that connection.”
While it would have been cool to see Loki (and see him do his Anthony Hopkins impression!), I applaud Whedon and the filmmakers for not trying to jam even more into ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ as to me at least, it seemed almost like it already had too many elements, and adding Loki just for the sake of seeing him might have pushed the cameo ratio over the top.
What are your thoughts? Would it have made a difference to see Loki? Let us know in the comments below!