We Now Know Where That ‘Lebowski’ Line Came From in 'Avengers: Endgame'

Mild spoilers below for Avengers: Endgame. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, or don’t want to be even slightly spoiled, stop reading right now!

Thanos really tied the room together.

After Avengers: Endgame‘s early time jump, we regroup with Thor looking a little different: his beard has grown way out, there are always sunglasses on his face, he’s rocking a cardigan sweater, and seems to perpetually have an alcoholic drink in his hand. There’s little doubt that Thor’s new look is Dude-esque. So, when Tony Stark calls him “Lebowski,” it’s an easy laugh, and one that fans of the Coen Brothers’ 1998 cult classic The Big Lebowski surely get a kick out of.

It turns out that reference was a popular one around the set.

“We would refer to him at times, as the character, as Lebowski, internally, as a joke,” co-director Joe Russo said in an exclusive interview with Men’s Health.

There’s an added layer of humor though the whole thing when considering the full-circle nature of everything that this film represents. When you think about the fact that Endgame is wrapping things up as the 22nd film of the MCU, it might be tough to remember that Tony Stark’s very first main foe—Obidah Stane in the original Iron Man—was played by Lebowski himself, Jeff Bridges.

“It’s really funny, and I’m sure that Downey was thinking of that when he threw that out there,” Russo said, before sharing that “Lebowski” was something of an internal code name for this version of Thor. “But Downey was very clever to drop that as an improv on camera.”

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