Tom Hiddleston: 'Confused film fans cost me my role in Avengers sequel'

The British actor will be back as super villain Loki in Thor: Ragnarok.

Test audiences cost Tom Hiddleston a role in Avengers: Age of Ultron, according to the actor.

The Brit claims his villainous Loki character was cut from the film because film fans who caught early footage of the blockbuster didn't like his storyline.

He reveals he had a brief appearance in the Avengers sequel, but test audiences found the appearance of Thor's meddling brother too confusing, and so Hiddleston found himself out of favour and on the cutting room floor.

"As they were testing the film, the initial audiences were like, 'Oh, Loki is controlling Ultron!'" the actor tells Variety. "And (Marvel Studios boss) Kevin Feige and all the guys at Marvel were like, 'Um, no, he's not'. So they just thought it was confusing."

The scene that was cut featured Loki appearing in Thor's nightmare, appearing to control the villain Ultron.

Hiddleston, as Loki, will be back in the new Marvel movie, Thor: Ragnarok. The Brit recently joined Instagram by posting a shot of himself in costume as the villain, while shooting the sequel in Australia.

The Night Manager star jetted off Down Under with his new girlfriend Taylor Swift earlier this summer (16) to start shooting the blockbuster with Chris Hemsworth, Sir Anthony Hopkins, and Idris Elba.

To mark the first day of shooting, Chris shared a video of himself arriving on set, stating, "Here we are, beginning of shooting of Thor 3 at the studios. Ready to train. Got my shake, got my shoes, and as requested, got my rollercoaster put in," as the camera pans to an amusement park in the background.

"It's just a little something of the perks of being Thor," he joked.

Thor: Ragnarok will also see the return of fellow Avenger Mark Ruffalo.

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