With their awesome Phase Two box set hitting retailers in just a few days, Marvel has been releasing a few of the extras featured in the collection to give us a teeny tiny taste of the vast array of special features we’ll find within. In addition to showing off Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista’s Guardians of the Galaxy audition, the studio has revealed this deleted scene from Thor: The Dark World, which puts Tom Hiddleston’s Loki in a position of great power — sort of.

As you can see above, the final effects for the deleted sequence (via Wall Street Journal) are incomplete, as it was probably scrapped a little earlier in the production process. Rene Russo’s part hadn’t even been filmed yet. In the scene, Hiddleston’s mischievous Loki ascends the steps to the throne of Asgard while the population cheers wildly for his arrival, many of them wearing shackles. Loki wears Thor’s red cape and turns to face the crowd, drawing Mjolnir to his hand and wielding it effortlessly.

It is a fantasy, of course, concocted by Loki while he’s imprisoned below Odin’s palace. But he does achieve his vision to some degree, as revealed at the end of The Dark World when the image of Odin sitting on his throne changes to reveal that it’s a bit of visual trickery and that Loki — believed to have been killed during the film’s climax — has taken his father’s place.

It’ll be interesting to see the consequences of that mischief in Thor: Ragnarok, as Thor was called away from Asgard to help the Avengers in Age of Ultron, leaving Loki to his sinister devices.

Marvel’s Phase Two box set arrives on December 8. Thor (and Loki) will return in Thor: Ragnarok on November 3, 2017.

 

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