Ahead of the release of Avengers 4, it’s been revealed how one of the early shocking moments from this year’s blockbuster was kept so secret.
It seems that Loki’s shock demise stayed under wraps because not even the crew knew Tom Hiddleston’s character was being killed off until the moment it was filmed.
The reason? They had been given a decoy script in which he escaped Thanos.
In The Art of Avengers: Infinity War, executive producer Trinh Tran drops the bombshell.
“We created a version of the script where Loki would get away in an escape pod at the beginning of the movie,” she said.
“When we started shooting that particular sequence, we had crew members who were thoroughly confused.
“We had to let them know that those were fake versions of the script that they read.”
Sadly for the anti-hero’s fans, he met his maker when Thanos killed him in the very first scene.
He wasn’t the only fatality of that sequence: countless Asgardians’ were slaughtered, including – in one particularly brutal moment – Idris Elba’s Heimdall.
Hiddleston is rumoured to be appearing in Avengers 4 but it’s not known in what capacity: it could be a flashback, or a time jump or some other kind of non-linear scene.
Whether or not he’ll actually make a full return from the dead remains to be seen – but given that he’s already faked his own demise multiple times, would it be a step too far to have him do it again?
Whatever the case, Benedict Cumberbatch implied in a recent interview that characters like his – Doctor Strange – are definitely deceased.
Asked if he’ll be back, he told Jimmy Fallon: “I’m dust, baby.
“I’m just out there. I’m in the ether. I’m probably part of your food chain. I’m in your stomach somewhere.”
Avengers 4 is out on April 26, 2019 in the UK.