Bet You Didn't Think 'Loki' Would Solve the Mystery of D.B. Cooper

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Well, Marvel fans, we're back. Aside from all of the Office Space-meets-Blade Runner antics in the first episode of Loki—which debuted this Wednesday on Disney+—there's actually a pretty curious historical reference buried smack in the middle of the episode.

When Owen Wilson's Mobius M. Mobius is taking the God of Mischief through his vision quest in the back half of the pilot episode, he stops at one of his favorite moments in the Story of Loki. Suddenly, on the TVA's projector screen, we see Loki sitting on an airplane in a business suit. Loki gives the flight attendant a note—and when she doesn't immediately read it, he tells her that she might want to read it, since he has a bomb in his briefcase. The weird projector show cuts to Loki jumping out of the plane and being sucked up on a trail back to Asgard. Wilson's TVA agent quips, "You Were D.B. Cooper!" Loki responds, "I was young and I lost a bet to Thor. Where was the TVA when I was meddling with these affairs of men?" If the reference, pardon me, flew over your head—here's what this was all about.

As the story goes, on November 24, 1971, a guy who identified himself as Dan Cooper (later dubbed by the media as D.B. Cooper) boarded a plane in Portland, Oregon, bound for Seattle, Washington. Like the scene in Loki, he wore a suit and informed the flight attendant of the bomb in his bag. But Cooper told the attendant that he wanted four parachutes and $200,000. Eventually, he got his money, released the passengers, and forced the pilots to fly him to Mexico City. He... didn't make it there. Along the way, Cooper took the money and flew out of the plane with a parachute strapped to his back. That's all, folks. His real identity, whereabouts, and whether or not he even survived the jump remain a mystery to this day, so much that the guy being a Marvel villain in disguise is as good of a guess as any.

With Loki already looking like the time-skipping adventure of our dreams, you can bet that the mystery of D.B. Cooper won't be the last historical reference we'll see in the show. Either way, we'll see you next week.

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