The following posts contain spoilers for Loki‘s series premiere. Proceed with caution!
Tom Hiddlestons Loki can take the form of just about anyone – including apparently one of America’s most evasive real criminals.
In the first episode of Disney +’s latest Marvel Studios series (released Wednesday; read our full summary here), a Loki around 2012 was apprehended by the Time Variance Authority, a bureaucratic organization tasked with preserving the “sacred timeline” , a predetermined version of life events intended to prevent the creation of a multiverse. While in TVA’s custody, Loki reluctantly screened a high point in his life, and there was an unexpected revelation in there: The mysterious 1
For those unfamiliar with DB Cooper – a name given to him by the media – the unidentified man hijacked a Boeing 727 in 1971, then collected a significant ransom (and four parachutes) and jumped out of the plane. To this day, Cooper’s identity and fate remain unknown, nor is it certain whether he successfully deployed one of the parachutes he had received. But i Loki‘s version of events, it was in fact Hiddleston’s character who sovereignly withdrew that arrangement when he lost a bet to Thor, and after jumping out of the plane he was quickly transported back to Asgard via the Bifrost Bridge.
“We tried to think in ways [for] how Loki, as an incarnation of evil, might have previously come down to Earth and done various evil things and then disappeared, ”Hiddleston tells TVLine in the video above when asked how the Cooper sequence came to be. “Maybe for humanity, it was our inexplicable stories.”
As lead writer Michael Waldron explains: “I needed an example of a one-time TVA Had not interfered in Loki’s life when Loki might have thought, ‘Maybe you should have,’ and it felt like a particularly chaotic moment from the story … And now we know: Loki’s DB Cooper. The mystery is solved! ”
But when he saw the sizzle roll in his own existence, Loki also became familiar with events that Had not happened yet, including the death of Frigga and Odin and later his own death in Thanos’ mighty grip. Hiddleston calls it “a destabilizing moment” for Loki to realize that his life path has apparently already been chosen for him, which will continue to affect him in future episodes.
“Realizing that he had no agency and no choice, and so many of his matches… have been predetermined somehow, is a shock to the system,” he continues. “It creates such a moment of drama for us as narrators. Loki must reconsider [and] adapt again with who he is or who he thinks he is. ”
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