Thor Ragnarok is considered the best Thor movie in the franchise because of its humor, enjoyable and incredible side characters, and villain. Most importantly, the movie reframed Thor’s character to display his true potential. It showed the audience that Thor is equally powerful without his hammer, and he is Thor: The God of Thunder, and not Thor: The God of Hammer.
It is one of the funniest movies because of its humor and multiple funny moments. One such moment is when Thor gets stuck on Sakaar planet and sees the Quinjet of Avengers. He tries to activate the Quinjet using voice recognition, and Thor tries different passwords for the voice activation system. He speaks “Thor,” “Son of Odin,” and “Strongest Avenger,” all in vain. Then he remembers Tony and says Point Break, and then the Quinjet accepts the password. Many fans got amused by Thor’s nickname being Point Break. Is Point Break a reference to something and an easter egg?
In this article, we will try to explain why Thor’s nickname is Point Break, who gave him this nickname of Point Break, and what does it signify?
But before revealing the reference, let us see how the Quinjet reached the Sakaar planet?
What Is a Quinjet, and How Did It Reach Sakaar?
A Quinjet is a hi-tech flying jet frequently used by S.H.I.E.L.D and the Avengers in MCU. It possesses unique and advanced flying capabilities because of its light and distinctively designed wings, and most Quinjets are lightweight and armed with weapons.
The Quinjet reached Sakaar because at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Hulk willingly took the Quinjet into space to run away from Black Widow and the rest of the world, thinking of himself as a threat. He accidentally crashed it on the Sakaar planet and never turned back to Banner because he forgot his real identity as Bruce Banner. When Thor saw the Quinjet, he realized it was the best mode for him to move out of Sakaar to save his home Asgard from his evil sister Hela.
Thus far, we have learned how the Quinjet reached Sakaar and also learned Thor’s nickname. Let us now find out who gave him this nickname and why?
Is There Any Significance to Thor’s Quinjet Password Point Break?
Yes, the Quinjet password ‘Point Break’ references a scene from the first Avengers movie, The Avengers. After their fight in the woods, when Tony meets Thor on the ship, he appreciates him by saying, “You’ve got a mean swing, Point Break.”
(TONY to Thor): It is a stabilizing agent.
(TONY to Coulson): I will fly you there.
(TONY to Thor): No hard feelings, Point Break. You’ve got a mean swing.
Tony Stark gave the nickname Point Break to Thor because of his resemblance to Patrick Swayze from the film Point Break, released in 1991. In this surfer-robber movie, Patrick sports long, luscious blonde hair, similar to Thor’s long hair from The Avengers movie. It might be possible that Tony might have forgotten the character’s name, and that is why he called Thor Point Break because of his similar look to the actor of that movie. However, Thor despises the name because Stark uses it mockingly.
When he found out that Tony used Point Break as the password of the Quinjet, Thor frustratingly says, “Damn you, Stark” because the nickname reminded him of his beautiful long golden hair, which got cut moments before his battle against the Hulk.
Although Tony did not see Thor’s short-haired look because they could not meet during the events of Infinity War, otherwise he would have given a new nickname to Thor. But, when Tony met Thor in the Avengers: Endgame, Thor transformed into someone else. He became an alcoholic and gained a lot of weight, and his hair and beard also went ungroomed and all shabby because he was going through PTSD as he failed to stop Thanos. Then Tony gave him another nickname: Lebowski, a reference to The Big Lebowski movie released in 1998. Tony called him Lebowski because Thor’s changed look resembled Jeff Bridges’s character in that film.
Other Characters Nicknamed By Tony
Thor is not the only one to have been nicknamed by Tony, and Tony has given nicknames to numerous characters he has ever met. Let us explore some of the famous nicknames Tony gave to other characters in the MCU:
- Ultron as Junior: He named “Junior” for Ultron, an Artificial Intelligence in the vibranium body, the main antagonist from Avengers: Age of Ultron. When Ultron was explaining his plan, he unintentionally quoted Stark’s quote. He calls Stark a disease, then Stark arrives and says, “Aw, junior. You’re gonna break your old man’s heart.” Starks calls Ultron Junior because his arrogance is a trait he learned from Stark, his creator.
- Spider-Man as Spider-Boy: In Captain America: Civil War, when Tony goes to recruit Spider-Man into his team, he refers to him as Spider-Boy, to which Peter replies, he is a man, Spider-Man.
- Loki as Reindeer Games: When Tony Stark first met Loki in The Avengers, Loki wore a helmet with two horns, to which Stark called him “Reindeer Games” because Loki’s helmet looked similar to the antlers of Reindeer.
- Hulk as Jolly Green: Tony named “Jolly Green” for Hulk when he met Bruce after a long time in the movie Avengers: Endgame because of his transformation. After his experiment, he had a big green body and a jolly face like Bruce.
- The Avengers as Super Secret Boy Band: When Nick Fury presented his proposal to form a team of superheroes called Avengers. Tony thinks of this idea as ridiculous and says this “super-secret boy band idea” would not work and will fail miserably. However, he was proven wrong, as we saw them working as a team in The Avengers movie.
- Hawkeye as Legolas: He called “Legolas“ to Hawkeye during the New York battle in The Avengers movie. Legolas was one of the eleven archers played by Orlando Broom from The Lord of The Rings trilogy.
- Ebony Maw as Squidward: In Avengers: Endgame, when Ebony Maw comes to earth to get the time stone of Dr. Strange, and Strange refuses, then Stark says, get lost, “Squidward” to Ebony Maw. It is one of the funniest nicknames given by Tony Stark for the member of the Black order army of Thanos.