Joss Whedon Reveals Why Loki was Cut from Avengers: Age of Ultron

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In an interview last year, Idris Elba mentioned that he and Tom Hiddleston would both reprise their roles as Heimdall and Loki in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Although Heimdall does appear in the film, Loki was missing in action. Joss Whedon revealed to MTV News that the fan favorite villain was cut from the final project, but that he did originally intend to have Loki appear in the film.

“We did shoot something, but it didn’t play,” he explained. “The movie has so much. It’s so filled. We didn’t want it to feel overstuffed. I really wanted to have Loki in it, but I understood the decision that there were now too many voices in the chorus.”

“At some point the embarrassment of riches is actually embarrassing,” he said.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is in theaters now.