Marvel Cut Loki's Scene From Avengers: Age of Ultron, Here's Why

"It was actually imbalancing people's expectations."

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is filled with amazing superheroes, but when it comes to villains, Thor's brother and nemesis Loki remains the most fascinating. He was notably absence from this year's Avengers: Age of Ultron, and now star Tom Hiddleston has revealed that he was originally intended to appear in the film.

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"I was part of the dream sequence for the character of Thor," he told Digital Spy. "I shot for a day and enjoyed it very much, and then I received a phone call from [producer] Kevin Feige who said that in test screenings, audiences had overemphasized Loki's role.

"They thought that because I was in it, I was controlling Ultron, and it was actually imbalancing people's expectations, So Joss [Whedon, the film's director] and Kevin were like, 'Let's cut it because it's confusing people.' It made sense to me when I saw that film."

It's no secret that Avengers: Age of Ultron arrived in cinemas after some disagreement between Whedon and the movie's producers. The director has spoken about the fights he had with Marvel executives over certain parts of the film, describing the process to the Empire Film Podcast as "really unpleasant."

Last month, one of the deleted scenes from the film was released, showing a key sequence as it was originally intended.

Avengers: Age of Ultron has made $1.4 billion at the box office since its release in May, and now stands as the sixth most successful film of all time. The next Avengers film, Avengers: Infinity War Part I, is scheduled for release on May 4, 2018.

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