Crime DB Cooper: The Unbelievable True Crime Story That Inspired 'Loki' Episode 1
'Loki' star Tom Hiddleston secretly watches Marvel movies as a fan in theaters
Tom Hiddleston chats about returning to his most iconic role after Loki was killed off twice in the MCU and more with emmy magazine.Catching each installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in theaters became a bit of a tradition for the English actor after his on-screen alter ego was killed off for the second time — he was murdered by Thanos in 2018's "Avengers: Infinity War" after faking his own death in 2011's "Thor.
After more than two years of waiting, Loki is finally here. There is so much to unpack from the first episode, especially the niche historical reference made to.
Midway through the first episode, Owen Wilson's Mobius M. Mobius took Loki (played by Tom Hiddleston), through an epic vision quest.
At one point, Mobius stopped at one of his favourite moments in Loki's existence—particularly that one time Loki hijacked a plane and parachuted out the back, before making his way back to Asgard.
The scene mirrored the extraordinary true case of DB Cooper and even ended with Wilson's TVA agent declaring Loki to actually be the real DB Cooper.
'Loki' Creators on Exploring Time Travel and What Makes a Villain a Villain (Exclusive)
Writer Michael Waldron and director Kate Herron talk about the God of Mischief's Disney+ series."The key thing for me and the writing team and Marvel was just, there has to be a good reason to go back in with this character," Herron explained to ET's Ash Crossan. "And definitely take him to new places but paying respect to the character that's come before, because he is so beloved.
He said: "You Were D.B. Cooper! I was young and I lost a bet to Thor. Where was the TVA when I was meddling with these affairs of men?"
Who is DB Cooper?
DB Cooper is one of the's most famous unsolved mystery cases to date and remains the only unsolved air piracy in commercial aviation history.
On November 24, 1971, a man by the name of Dan Cooper (later dubbed DB Cooper by U.S. Media), purchased a one-way ticket to Seattle, Washington at Northwest Orient Airlines in Portland, Oregon.
When the Boeing 727 flight was midair, Cooper handed air hostess Florence Schaffner a note and told her he had a bomb inside his briefcase.
After taking a look at what appeared to be a makeshift bomb, Schaffner was instructed to take a note to the flight's captain, William A. Scott.
Get ready for mischief: Disney is releasing new Loki merch and Funko Pops
Ahead of the series premiere on Wednesday, June 9. Related content: Tom Hiddleston breaks down a decade of Loki's most memorable scenesRachel Weisz is visibly shaken after Jimmy Kimmel reveals her Black Widow character's full nameChris Hemsworth and his giant arms tease 'bats--- crazy' Thor: Love and Thunder
The neatly typed noted demanded four parachutes and $200,000 ransom in twenty-dollar bills.
Scott was able to land the flight in Seattle where the 35 passengers and some of the crew were able to disembark from the plane. Cooper and four members of the flight's crew, including the captain, stayed on board.
Cooper ordered the pilot towards Mexico City and a few hours later, Cooper put his parachutes to use.
He managed to jump out of the back of the plane using the parachutes and $200,000 in hand, somewhere between Seattle and Reno. At approximately 10.15 p.m. the plane landed at Reno Airport, without Cooper.
More than 45 years later, whether Cooper made a safe landing remains unknown and his whereabouts today are a complete mystery.
The idea Cooper may have died following his jump became highly plausible when eight-year-old Brian Ingram on February 10, 1980, came across a package of twenty-dollar bills in the beach town of Tina, near Vancouver, Washington, which matched the ransom money serial numbers.
'Loki' introduces Owen Wilson as Agent Mobius and the Time Variance Authority - here's who they are and what they do
The TVA are the protectors of the Marvel Universe timeline, while Owen Wilson's character Agent Mobius once had a run-in with the Fantastic Four.Disney Plus' latest MCU series "Loki" continues that trend, and introduces possibly the most mind-bending thing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet: the Time Variance Authority (or TVA for short).
The FBI later confirmed the money was a portion of the ransom and had been arranged in the order Cooper demanded. However, Cooper's remains have never been discovered nearby.
The FBI set up an investigation, known as NORJACK, and by 1976 had interviewed more than 800 suspects
The FBI homed in on one suspect, Richard Floyd McCoy, who had been arrested for a similar hijacking five months after Cooper's hijack but he was later dismissed as the culprit as he did not match the physical descriptions given by eye witness.
Other suspects included Kenneth Peter Christiansen, Jack Coffelt, Lynn Doyle Cooper, Barbara Dayton, William Gossett, Robert Lepsy, John List, Ted Mayfield, Sheridan Peterson, Robert Rackstraw, Walter R. Reca, William J. Smith and Duane Weber, but they were eventually ruled out.
Despite extensive attempts to find Cooper, the FBI's case was suspended in 2016 and his whereabouts remain unknown.
Loki airs every Wednesday on Disney+.
Owen Wilson praises Tom Hiddleston's Loki lectures: 'If i had had teachers like Tom, I would have done better at school' .
Wilson plays Agent Mobius in "Loki" but knew nothing about the MCU until Hiddleston's now-famous set lectures, which went on until midnight one day.Wilson knew very little about the Marvel Cinematic Universe before he joined the MCU himself as Agent Mobius in the Disney+ show "Loki.