Marvel Studios’ Loki is a superhero present not like every other—primarily as a result of it’s a number of different sorts of exhibits earlier than the superhero half ever involves thoughts. It’s a thriller, a criminal offense collection, a office comedy, a time-travel caper, and a thriller. The collection, which drops Tom Hiddleston’s god of mischief into the custody of the TVA (Time Variance Authority) and duties him with utilizing his wily methods to repair the harm he’s carried out to the timeline. Or, slightly, that’s kinda what the present is? Listen—simply watch it. It’s even weirder than that elevator pitch.
As an immortal Norse god, Loki’s seen all of it and—as we be taught within the premiere episode of Loki—he’s had his hand in just a few mysteries that also confound us IRL. One such thriller is that of D.B. Cooper, a infamous aircraft hijacker who pulled off one of many wildest getaways of the twentieth century. So, who was D.B. Cooper and the way does Loki issue into all this? Keep studying!
Who was D.B. Cooper?
If I had the reply to that query, I wouldn’t be right here turning out a dozen or extra articles each single week—I’d be in command of the FBI! The thriller is that nobody is aware of who D.B. Cooper is or was, or even when he survived his notorious heist. The solely factor historical past is aware of for sure is what Cooper did within the air on November 24, 1971.
A person who bought a ticket below the title Dan Cooper (a mispronunciation on a information broadcast led to every part considering the title was D.B. Cooper) boarded a Boeing 727 in Portland en path to Seattle. Once in-air, Cooper—identical to Loki does within the episode—handed a observe to the flight attendant. When she assumed it was a telephone quantity and began to pocket it, Cooper whispered, “Miss, you’d better look at that note. I have a bomb.” Loki obtained that half spot on.
Cooper requested that upon touchdown in Seattle, the aircraft could be refueled and he could be supplied with 4 parachutes—oh, and $200,000. His calls for had been met in Seattle, and all of the passengers safely exited the aircraft. Then the aircraft took off once more, as Cooper demanded. A half hour after takeoff, Cooper tied what was presumably the moneybag round his waist, strapped on a parachute, and leapt out of the aircraft. And that was that—and he was by no means caught. He additionally might not have survived, however then his physique was by no means discovered both. Some of the cash was discovered manner later… however that’s it.
If you need to be taught much more about Cooper, in addition to the hunt to trace him down and the tales of some of the numerous, many suspects at one level believed to be D.B. Cooper, you possibly can watch The Mystery of D.B. Cooper on HBO Max.
How did D.B. Cooper grow to be a part of Loki’s historical past?
The D.B. Cooper interlude wasn’t a part of the preliminary pitch for the collection, nor was it one thing that was instructed by Marvel. It all comes from Loki head author Michael Waldron having enjoyable with the present’s premise (or the perceived premise).
“That was me writing the pilot, or writing the first episode, having fun with Mobius showing Loki the scenes from his life,” Waldron informed Decider. “People, I think when they heard about this show, they always thought, ‘Okay, it’s Loki traveling through time influencing historical events. So we’re gonna see Loki riding with Paul Revere and doing the most basic, PBS sort of stuff.’ And I got excited about, what is the deep cut, really fun stuff that we can imagine [for Loki]? And I just love D.B. Cooper. It’s a great piece of American folklore and now it’s canon: Loki is DB Cooper [in the Marvel Cinematic Universe]. We solved the riddle.”
Tom Hiddleston additionally delighted on the alternative to journey again to 1971 and don the hijacker’s go well with and sun shades. “Yeah, it’s just really fun,” Hiddleston told Decider. “I thought it was great, really fun. And as far as I’m aware, we still haven’t tracked D.B. Cooper down so…”
Then, after all, there’s the truth that… uh, the FBI composite sketches of D.B. Cooper really look a bit like Hiddleston as Loki as Cooper?
Hiddleston joked, “Yeah, so maybe we found the answer.”
You can stream the season premiere of Loki proper now on Disney+. New episodes of Loki debut on Wednesdays.