Way back in November 2014, Thor and Thor: The Dark World star Idris Elba revealed that he was reprising his role as Heimdall in Avengers: Age of Ultron, teasing that he was filming a scene with Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston. This revelation surprised many fans, since Tom Hiddleston himself revealed a few years prior that his villainous character Loki would not be back, but, as it turned out, the scene was eventually cut from the final product anyway. While promoting Crimson Peak, which hits theaters October 16, Tom Hiddleston revealed to Digital Spy that he was supposed to be in Thor's "dream sequence" in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
"I was part of the dream sequence for the character Thor. I shot for a day, and I enjoyed it very much. I received a phone call from Kevin Feige, and Joss Whedon emailed me. Basically, Kevin said that, in test screenings audiences had sort of over-emphasized Loki's role so they thought that because I was in it I was controlling Ultron and that it was actually imbalancing people's expectations so Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige were like 'let's cut it' because it's confusing people. It made sense to me, when I saw the film. Ultron was the bad guy, that was important, and that's why Loki wasn't in it."
The "dream sequence" in question is where Scarlet Witch uses her mystical powers to control Thor's mind, where we saw Thor and Idris Elba's Heimdall back in Asgard. It isn't known exactly what Loki did or say in this scene, and we may never know, since director Joss Whedon has said that he will never release a director's cut of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Thor was also the first to identify what the Infinity Stones were, which will likely be a major part of Thor: Ragnarok.
While Loki will certainly be back in Thor: Ragnarok, Tom Hiddleston hinted in a September interview that he may be nearing the end of his run as Loki. After Thor: Ragnarok, the actor only has one more movie left on his contract, which will most likely be either Avengers: Infinity War Part I or Avengers: Infinity War - Part II. The two-part movie is expected to change the MCU as we know it, so it's possible that some characters will be killed off, including Loki, but we don't know for sure.
As for Thor: Ragnarok, we reported last week that Marvel is eyeing Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) to direct, from a script by Christopher Yost and Craig Kyle. No story details have been confirmed, and it isn't known what cast members from Thor and Thor: The Dark World will be back for this follow-up. Are you looking forward to seeing what Loki will be up to next in Thor: Ragnarok? Let us know what you think after checking out Tom Hiddleston's brief video interview.