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13 Times Tony Stark Referenced Pop Culture In The MCU That Are Spot On

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No character in the MCU is better at nicknames and pop culture references than Tony Stark. Sprinkled throughout all the Marvel movies featuring Iron Man are dozens of nicknames and shoutouts to other films and TV shows.

  • 1

    'The Big Lebowski'

    In Avengers: Endgame, Tony calls Thor "Lebowski" while trying to walk around him: "Drifting left... one side there, Lebowski." This is a reference to the film The Big Lebowski since Thor resembles the lead character, Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski.

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  • 2

    'SpongeBob SquarePants'

    In Avengers: Infinity War, Tony calls Ebony Maw "Squidward" when he meets Maw in the streets of New York: "Get lost, Squidward." This is obviously a reference to Ebony Maw's resemblance to Squidward in SpongeBob SquarePants.

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  • 3

    'Lord of the Rings'

    In Avengers, right before Tony flies away with Hawkeye, he says, "Better clench up, Legolas." This is a reference Legolas who was known for his archery in Lord of the Rings.

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  • 4

    'Point Break'

    In Avengers, Tony calls Thor "Point Break" because he looks similar to Patrick Swayze's character in Point Break (1991).

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