Tom Hiddleston Explains Why Loki Wasn’t In Avengers: Age of Ultron

Getting completely wrapped up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has its ups and downs. You may love every single character, but it eventually becomes too much of a good thing. At this point, there simply isn’t room in an Avengers movie for all your favourite characters. While writing Avengers: Age of Ultron, Joss Whedon knew Tom Hiddleston’s Loki was going to be downplayed this time around, but he was determined to get him in there somewhere. “I was part of the dream sequence for the character of Thor,” Hiddleston told Digital Spy. “I shot for a day and enjoyed it very much—and then I received a phone call from Kevin Feige.”

As you may recall, Hiddleston didn’t make the final cut. While many fans were disappointed about this, it turns out they were partly to blame. “In test screenings, audiences had over-emphasized Loki’s role,” he explained. “They thought that because I was in it, I was controlling Ultron, and it was actually imbalancing people’s expectations. Joss and Kevin were like, ‘Let’s cut it,’ because it’s confusing people.”


Hiddleston may have been disappointed by this outcome, but he also understood the rationale. “It made sense to me when I saw the film. Ultron was the bad guy. That was important, and that was why Loki wasn’t in it.”