'Avengers: Endgame' and That 'Big Lebowski' Homage
[This story contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame]
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In Avengers: Endgame, there's one character who makes an unexpected turn from where we left him in Avengers: Infinity War.
It is undeniable: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) becomes something of a Jeffrey Lebowski (Jeff Bridges), aka The Dude-like character from the 1998 Coen brothers' cult classic The Big Lebowski in the newly released Endgame.
The homage is so strong that at one point, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) even calls Thor "Lebowski."
It all begins shortly after the first act of the movie when the surviving Avengers track down Thanos (Josh Brolin) in an attempt to take his gauntlet to undo the snap, only to discover he has destroyed the Infinity Stones. In a fit of anger and frustration, Thor decapitates the mad Titan, noting that this time, he went for the head, correcting his mistake from the first time around when Thanos pulled off the successful snap in Infinity War.
The plot jumps to five years ahead. Slowly the surviving team gets back together in the hopes of using time travel to undo the mass devastation.
Bruce Banner, aka The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Rocket (Bradly Cooper) seek out Thor to rejoin the team.
And they find him.
But, there is a big problem — a beer gut-sized problem.
Thor, blaming himself for not killing Thanos initially, has completely let himself go physically and stopped caring about nearly anything other than beer and video games.
If that were not surprising (and hilarious) enough, the God of Thunder has taken on a Dude-like persona.
With his long, unkempt, hippy hair and raggedy beard, sweater and shades, Thor no longer seems to have a care in the world a la The Dude. The only subject that shakes him out of his mood briefly is Thanos, which sends him into emotional rage. But, for a decent portion of the film, Thor wanders around dressed and acting like Lebowski.
Thor finally gets it together when the time is right, but his Lebowski-like moments are some of the biggest laughs in the film.
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