When Idris Elba spilled the beans about his cameo in Joss Whedon’s superhero epic Avengers: Age of Ultron, he threw fans into a frenzy of excitement about his appearance as well as a rumored cameo from Loki, the evil brother of Thor, portrayed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe by Tom Hiddleston.
However, according to Whedon, when fans flock to theaters this weekend to see Age of Ultron, they will not be seeing Loki.
"Tom is not in the movie," Whedon confessed to MTV News, joking, "Idris misspoke...twice."
Whedon confessed that Hiddleston did shoot scenes for Age of Ultron, but his character ultimately did not make the final cut.
"The movie has so much, we didn’t want it to feel overstuffed," the director admitted. "I really wanted to have Loki in it, but I understood the decision. It was just like, okay, now there are too many voices in the chorus."
Not surprising, given that the cast of characters that does appear in the film is a veritable who’s who of Hollywood, including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, and many more.
"At some point the embarrassment of riches is actually embarrassing," Whedon said with a laugh.