So Avengers: Age of Ultron has officially come out, and as anyone who has seen the film will tell you, there are a lot of characters in the movie. From the Avengers, to the supporting characters, and so on, it’s a lot to take in and a lot to balance.
Earlier in its filming, Idris Elba (who plays Heimdall and appears in Age of Ultron) noted that both he and Tom Hiddleston (aka Loki) would be in the film for a brief scene. Yet as the scene came, Elba was in it, while Hiddleston was not. This seemed odd, as Elba seemed sure he would be in it. So what happened?
Well, Joss Whedon was asked that by MTV (full interview below), and happily cleared up the whole situation. Here’s the main jist:
“Tom is not in the movie… Idris misspoke… twice,” Whedon laughs. “We did shoot something, and it didn’t play. The movie has so much, is so filled and we didn’t want it to feel overstuffed. I really wanted to have Loki in it but I understood the decision, ‘Now there are too many voices in the chorus.’ At some point the embarrassment of riches is actually embarrassing.”
In many ways this is understandable. After all, Loki basically stole the show in the original Avengers, so having him on screen for any duration of time might have overshadowed things. It’s good that we have to wait until Thor: Ragnarok to see Loki again, as it’ll make us appreciate him more when he returns.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is in theaters now.