Though the 2015 Marvel film Avengers: Age of Ultron was a success at the box office, the highly anticipated film didn't live up to its hype.
It failed to impress fans on many levels: the plot was hazy, James Spader's Ultron was not the super-villain they were expecting him to be, and Loki — Marvel's favourite supervillain — was absent from the scene.
Though earlier reports had confirmed Loki's cameo, the theatrical cut of the film didn't have any trace of Tom Hiddleston's character.
Hiddleston chatted about his conspicuous absence from the 2015 film during a recent Q&A with Variety. The 35-year-old Emmy nominated actor explained that Loki was initially in the mix, but there was an unexpected complication that led to his character’s exit from the final product.
He said, "It was a dream sequence. It was part of Thor’s nightmare. And there was a bit where, how does it work, I think somewhere in that film Scarlet Witch shows all the Avengers their sort of worst case scenario… As they were testing the film, the initial audiences were like ‘oh Loki is controlling Ultron!’ and Kevin Feige and all the guys at Marvel were like ‘um, no, he’s not’. So they just thought it was confusing.”
— Variety (@Variety) August 12, 2016
Hiddleston will, however, reprise the role in next year's Thor: Ragnarok, which is filming at the moment. The movie is due to be released into cinemas on 3 November 2017.